Earnhardt, Jr. and Said to Race Chevrolet Corvette C5-R
NASCAR star and veteran sports car racer to drive third Corvette at Infineon Raceway
DETROIT - The General Motors Chevrolet
Corvette Racing team will field a third C5-R for drivers Dale
Earnhardt, Jr., and Boris Said for Round Four of the American Le
Mans Series at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California this weekend.
The race marks the factory Corvette C5-R's 50th race since its
inception in 1999; to date the successful GT sports racing car has
compiled 29 victories in 49 races.
"It will be great to have Dale Jr. back into the Chevrolet
Corvette C5-R and Boris will be an excellent partner for him,"
said Doug Duchardt, director of GM Racing. "This is a great way
for us to celebrate the Corvette C5-R's 50th race. This commitment
to compete across the entire spectrum of major league motorsports is
why Chevy is the most successful manufacturer in racing."
The three-car team for the race in Sonoma will reunite Dale
Earnhardt, Jr. with the Corvette Racing team, a bond that began at
the 2001 running of the 24 Hours of Daytona, where Earnhardt, Jr.
and his father, the late Dale Earnhardt, finished fourth overall in
their first ever sports car race. Boris Said is a renowned sports
car racer and has found considerable success as an expert on
NASCAR's road circuits; Said won the pole position for GM at the
NASCAR Winston Cup event at Sonoma in 2003.
Earnhardt, Jr. spent the late part of January preparing for his
eventual Daytona 500 victory by way of racing for Chevrolet in the
24 Hours of Daytona along with fellow NASCAR star Tony Stewart and
road racing veteran Andy Wallace. The trio led the majority of the
rain-soaked event before encountering a suspension failure in the
closing minutes of the race. Earnhardt, Jr. is fast becoming a
successful multi-dimensional racing driver. He has won two NASCAR
Nextel Cup races in 2004, including the Daytona 500, and currently
sits second in the drivers' championship.
"I am really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel
of the Corvette C5-R because it is such a great race car," said
Earnhardt, Jr. "I'm happy that Chevy has given me the chance to
crossover and take part in its sports car program, which has been a
huge success. Boris Said has a lot of experience at Infineon
Raceway, and I'm getting better there, so it should be a fun
Earnhardt's teammate, Boris Said, remarked that he is looking
forward to getting behind the wheel of the Corvette at Sonoma.
"The Corvette is an unbelievable car to drive-it is probably
one of the best cars I have ever driven," commented Said.
"I'm also excited to drive with my good buddy Dale Jr. It's fun
to drive with one of your best friends."