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Pepsi 400 Pre-Race Report

JULY 3, 2004

Brendan Gaughan on Daytona International Speedway: Brendan Gaughan, driver of the No. 77 Kodak EasyShare Dodge, looks forward to returning to Daytona International Speedway with the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series.

“Finally, we are getting to the point where we will start returning to some tracks for a second go-round,” Gaughan said. “I have definitely learned seat time is everything. However, at Daytona aero will be everything. The driver just steers and mashes the accelerator. There is a certain comfort level to knowing the track’s configuration and where to lift off the gas, for instance, never at Daytona, unless we are in the pits!”

Gaughan Goes to Camp: Gaughan is headed to The Victory Junction Gang Camp Tuesday, June 29, to visit with the campers.

“Kyle and Pattie [Petty] have put so much of their heart and soul into this camp and it’s time to see everything come to fruition. Monetary donations are easy. It’s the time we as NASCAR drivers can devote to the campers that will make their time even more precious. I love kids anyway, so if I can make even half of the group I visit smile, then I know it was time well spent.”

“I’m not sure what they have planned for me. I saw something about face painting and carnival games. Does this mean I am the clown in the dunk booth?”

Gaughan’s Favorite Memory of the Fourth of July:
“Oddly enough, we used to celebrate the Fourth of July at our house in Mexico. My dad has always loved fireworks so we used to have one of the biggest displays I have ever seen. It was great, I love fireworks.”

Kodak and Jasper Engines and Transmissions Come to an Agreement: When Kodak joined the No. 77 Penske-Jasper Racing team, Jasper Engines and Transmissions planned to run four races as the primary sponsor: Richmond, May 15th; Dover, Jun. 6th; Michigan, Jun. 20th; and Atlanta, Oct. 31st. After recent discussions, Jasper Engines and Transmissions has reached an agreement with Kodak for three additional races. Kodak has agreed to the following events with Jasper as the primary sponsor: Chicagoland Speedway, July 11; Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Aug. 8; and Charlotte, Oct. 16.

Kodak’s NASCAR Sponsorship Spotlights Women’s Health: Kodak announced plans for a special paint scheme last week within the Health Imaging industry. Eastman Kodak Company’s Health Imaging Group will leverage the broad appeal of NASCAR racing by reaching out to the female fan base in an effort to promote better breast health for women. The No. 77 Kodak Racing Dodge, driven by Brendan Gaughan, will feature two pink ribbons framing the theme of “KODAK Mammography Film” and will make its debut at the NASCAR event scheduled for Aug. 15 at Watkins Glen International.

Upcoming Team Test Session: The Penske-Jasper Racing team plans to test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway July12-13. The team plans to test PRS 77. No. 77 is the first new Penske chassis allotted to PJR. Originally, No. 77 was slated to run at Chicago, but assembly schedules were delayed.

Equipment: Brendan Gaughan will race chassis No. 29 at Daytona International Speedway. No. 29 is the same speedway car the Gaughan raced at Daytona during “Speedweeks” (St. 17th/Fin. 19th) and Talladega in April (St. 20th/ Fin. 13th). No. 29 has been to the wind tunnel twice since Talladega and according to Bill Wilburn, “She’s a gainer.”

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