It's not every day a man can show up to work, flip a switch and collect $1 million. But that's exactly what Mark Martin will do Saturday, October 29 in the Crown Royal International Race of Champions season finale at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Because of his successful Crown Royal IROC season to date, which includes two wins and a runner-up finish in three starts, Martin simply has to start the race to clinch the 2005 Crown Royal IROC series championship.
"Wrapping the season up in Atlanta and getting that fifth IROC title will be right up there on the list of things I've been very fortunate to do," Martin said.
He also added to his list of accomplishments cashing his first $1 million check of the season by winning the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge in May.
The 2005 season has been a record-setting year for Martin in the Crown Royal IROC series. His 12th win this February at Daytona made Martin the all-time wins leader in the series, surpassing Dale Earnhardt Sr.'s record of 11. He is also tied with Earnhardt Sr. with four championships. That will change on October 29 when Martin starts the season finale at Atlanta Motor Speedway, capturing his series-leading fifth title.
"The success I have had in IROC has meant more to me than anything else in my career," said Martin, winner of 35 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races.
"It means we were able to beat the best in the business on some of those days and we did it for a lot of years in equal cars," Martin said. "That means it is up to the driver to get the job done, so it's very satisfying to me."
Making its debut in 1974, the Crown Royal IROC series pits champions from all forms of motorsports, including the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, World of Outlaws, Champ Cars, Grand American Road Racing series and the Indy Racing League, against each other in an equally prepared Pontiac Trans-Am race car.
Accompanying the Crown Royal IROC race on Saturday will be the EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck race.
Great seats for the entire Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 race weekend, including the Crown Royal IROC race, are still available and can be purchased by calling 770-946-4211 or 877-9AMSTIX. Fans can also order tickets 24 hours a day at www.ticketmaster.com