Martin Confident At Indianapolis
July 27, 2008 | 9:31 A.M. EST
But the veteran driver has more in common this weekend with another NFL quarterback - Joe Namath.
Just as Broadway Joe predicted a win for his New York Jets in the 1969 Super Bowl, Martin has looked into his crystal ball and sees a victory for the DEI No. 8 Chevrolet in Sunday's Allstate 400 at the Brickyard.
I've been looking to this race for quite some time actually," Martin said. "A few weeks ago, we kind of shocked everyone in the media center when I said that we were going to Indy looking to win the Brickyard 400, but I meant what I said.
"Indy is one of the crown jewels of racing and we have the team that can get it done. Our car was awesome at Phoenix and Richmond and we parked it after that in order to have it for the Brickyard 400. What we learned at those tracks should really apply well at Indy, and I'm excited about our chances this weekend."
Nine times in his career has Martin found his way into the Top 10 at Indianapolis, a track record that backs up his confidence coming into Sunday's race.
"This [DEI] team is strong enough on pit road and [crew chief] Tony Gibson and the guys on this team are due a win," said Martin. "Nothing will make me happier than to see their faces in victory lane.
"Sometimes miracles happen and it all works out. It almost did at Daytona for us last year, and Daytona and the Brickyard are the two that would be crown jewels of my career. This team can do it."
Martin is looking to go out on a high note in his DEI career before moving on to Hendrick Motorsports in 2009 for one last shot at winning the Sprint Cup Series championship.
"I'm the happiest I've ever been in my life," Martin said. "And I am so not ready to quit racing. And in 2005, if I was faced with all or nothing, it was certainly nothing. But we have managed to figure out a way to do this."