Harvick Martin To Race At Iowa

Kevin Harvick and Mark Martin – the top two finishers at this year’s Daytona 500 – will race at Iowa Speedway this year. Harvick, driving for Richard Childress Racing, will race in the track’s first NASCAR race, the NASCAR Grand National East-West Sunday, May 20. Martin, driving for Ginn Racing, will race Friday night, July 13, in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series race. The announcement was made by Iowa Speedway Vice President and General Manager, Craig Armstrong.

Iowa Speedway President, Stan Clement, said Harvick and Martin will bring added excitement to this year’s 2007 Racing Schedule at Iowa Speedway, “These two drivers represent the ‘best of the best’ and for us to have the top two finishers in this year’s Daytona 500 race here at Iowa Speedway – that’s about as good as it gets”. Clement also reminded racing fans that plenty of season and individual tickets are still available for all races in 2007.

Andy Vertrees, Chief Operating Officer at Iowa Speedway, who designed the track with former NASCAR Champion, Rusty Wallace, said the arrival of Harvick and Martin is a milestone for the track, “Rusty and I designed the track to attract the greatest race car drivers and racing teams in America to race in Iowa. That’s why we call our track, ‘America’s Place to Race’. We built a state-of-the-art track and for us to have two NASCAR greats like Kevin and Mark here in Iowa - really puts us on the map. We invite Iowans and racing fans everywhere to visit us this year for some of the best racing anywhere”.

Martin known as a "racer's racer" says he is willing to race any kind of vehicle in any kind of conditions anywhere in the world, "I'm very excited about running in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series race at Iowa Speedway in July. When we cut back to a limited schedule this season, one of the great things about it was that it would give me time to do a lot of other things that I’ve wanted to do. I love to race all types of stuff, and I think we'll have a blast up there in Iowa in July."

Kevin Harvick – who edged Martin on the last lap to win this year’s Daytona 500 – said he looks forward to racing at Iowa Speedway, "Being able to go back and run a West car is pretty cool for me," said Kevin Harvick. "I've had some success in the West Series, and won the Championship, so I know what the Series can do for a driver's career. KHI also has a pretty good record in the few West races we've run, so it'll be exciting to compete in a KHI car at the Iowa Speedway. I've only seen pictures of the track, but it looks really nice. You know anything Rusty (Wallace) is involved in is going to be first class."

“I look forward to racing in this year’s NASCAR Grand National East-West race at Iowa Speedway. I’ve heard a lot about the track, that it’s a fast track, and it should be a great race”.

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