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IROC - International Race of Champions - 2005

IROC - International Race of Champions

NASCAR Nextel Cup star Mark Martin took home the 2005 Crown Royal IROC $1 million dollar prize in record-breaking fashion becoming the first five-time series champion and the all-time series race winner with 13 career IROC victories.

Martin collected two race wins on his way to the 2005 championship breaking a three-way tie with Al Unser Jr. and the late Dale Earnhardt, each with 11 race wins. Martin was also in a tie with Earnhardt for overall championships until being awarded his fifth IROC championship trophy. Martin also retains the record of being the only three-time consecutive champion.

Martin’s competition for the Crown Royal IROC $1 million championship, included the 2004 NASCAR Nextel Cup Champion, Kurt Busch; 2004 Champ Car World Series Champion, Sebastien Bourdais; 2004 Indianapolis 500 winner, Buddy Rice; 2004 NASCAR Busch Series Champion, Martin Truex Jr.; 2004 World of Outlaws Champion, Steve Kinser; 2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Champion, Bobby Hamilton; 2004 Grand American Rolex Series co-champions, Scott Pruett and Max Papis; 2004 Crown Royal IROC Champion, Matt Kenseth; 2004 World of Outlaws Series runner-up, Danny Lasoski, and two-time Indianapolis 500 Champion, Helio Castroneves.

In the February opening event at Daytona International Speedway, Mark Martin, with Martin Truex Jr. in his tire tracks, passed defending IROC champion Matt Kenseth on a restart with four laps to go claiming the checkered flag and becoming the winningest driver in the series history with his 12 th career IROC race win. NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion, Bobby Hamilton finished third followed by Kenseth and reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Buddy Rice rounding out the top five, while pole-sitter Sebastien Bourdais of the Champ Car World Series was caught in a wreck on lap 36 and finished last in the 12-car field.

Rallying back from his misfortune in round one, and in only his second start in a stock car, Champ Car World Series Champion, Sebastien Bourdais held off a late charge by Mark Martin to become just the fourth foreigner to win a Crown Royal IROC race in round two at Texas Motor Speedway.

Round three at Richmond International Raceway ended in a photo-finish with Mark Martin nudging the nose of his IROC car a mere .021 seconds ahead of Roush Racing teammate Kurt Busch in one of the Series closest finishes in IROC history. Martin’s record 13 th IROC race win all but clinched the title going into the final race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Martin only needed to start the season ending Crown Royal IROC race at Atlanta to take the championship, but from the on track action, with three and four-wide racing you would have thought everyone had a chance at the $1 million first place purse.

At the end of the 65-lap, 100.1-mile event it was Martin Truex Jr. claiming his first Crown Royal IROC trophy and joining Mark Martin in victory lane. Truex Jr.’s win secured the IROC rookie second place in the final points standings.

Another history-making event took place in 2005 during the Crown Royal IROC Atlanta race week. After nearly three decades of championship racing, the IROC series and title sponsor Crown Royal announced its first ever all-time IROC driver team dubbed the “Crown Royal IROC Legends of Victory Lane.” Mario Andretti, the late Dale Earnhardt, Scott Pruett and Steve Kinser were voted by the fans to the all-time team and were honored in a ceremony held at the year’s final IROC race weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Nearly a quarter-million fans voted for the Legends team from a list of 12 finalists including: Andretti, Kinser, Al Unser Jr. and Bobby Unser (open-wheel); Earnhardt, Mark Martin, Bobby Labonte and Cale Yarborough (stock car); and Pruett, Hurley Haywood, Tommy Kendall, and Mark Donohue (road racing). (from IROC Website)

2005 Crown Royal IROC Points Standings - FINAL

Pos.

Name/Representing

Daytona

Texas

Richmond

Atlanta

Points

1
Mark Martin NASCAR Nextel Cup
24
18
25
22
89
2
Martin Truex Jr. NASCAR Busch Series
17
12
10
29
68
3
Matt KensethNASCAR Nextel Cup
20
6
14
15
55
4
Buddy Rice IRL Indy Car Series
10
16
12
8
46
5
Sebastien Bourdais Champ Car World Series
3
29
5
9
46
6
Kurt Busch NASCAR Nextel Cup
8
7
25
3
43
7
Bobby Hamilton NASCAR Craftsman Truck
14
10
3
7
34
8
Danny Lasoski World of Outlaws
8
8
8
10
34
9
Helio CastronevesIRL Indy Car Series
9
5
6
12
32
10
Max Papis Grand-Am Road Racing
9
9
6
6
30
11
Steve Kinser World of Outlaws
4
9
9
7
29
12
Scott Pruett Grand-Am Road Racing
6
3
9
4
22

Race One

 
February 18, 2005
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Florida
2.5-mile high-banked oval, 40 laps, 100 miles

Pos.

Start

Driver

Car

Laps

Led

Laps Led

Bonus

Points

Status

1
11
Mark Martin*
#6 Lt. Blue
40
1
4
-
3
21
Running
2
4
Martin Truex Jr.
#8 Black
40
1
1
-
-
17
Running
3
8
Bobby Hamilton
#4 Dark Blue
40
1
1
-
-
14
Running
4
10
Matt Kenseth*
#17 Purple
40
1
31
3
5
12
Running
5
5
Buddy Rice
#15 Burgundy
40
-
-
-
-
10
Running
6
3
Max Papis
#16 Magenta
40
-
-
-
-
9
Running
7
9
Danny Lasoski
#20 Orange
40
-
-
-
-
8
Running
8
6
Helio Castroneves
#03 Day-glo
36
-
-
2
-
7
Accident
9
2
Kurt Busch*
#97 Red
36
3
3
-
2 -
8
Accident
10
7
Scott Pruett
#01 Gold
36
-
-
1
-
5
Accident
11
12
Steve Kinser
#11 Green
36
-
-
-
-
4
Accident
12
1
Sebastien Bourdais
#2 Yellow
36
-
-
-
-
3
Accident

Time of Race: 59min 13sec.
Average Speed: 136.312 mph  
Margin of Victory:   .042 Seconds
Caution Flags : 2 (with Competition Yellow)
Lead Changes: 7 among 5 drivers
Lap Leaders: 1 Busch, 2 Truex Jr, 3 Busch, 4 Hamilton, 5 Busch, 6-36 Kenseth, 37-40 Martin


Race Two

April 15, 2005
Texas Motor Speedway
Ft. Worth, TX
1.5-mile oval, 67 laps, 100.5 miles

Pos.

Start

Driver

Car

Laps

Led

Laps Led

Bonus

Points

Status

1
1
Sebastien Bourdais
#2 Yellow
67
2
52
3
5
21
Running
2
12
Mark Martin*
#6 Lt. Blue
67
-
-
1
-
17
Running
3
8
Buddy Rice
#15 Burgundy
67
-
-
2
-
14
Running
4
11
Martin Truex Jr.
#8 Black
67
-
-
-
-
12
Running
5
10
Bobby Hamilton
#4 Dark Blue
67
-
-
-
-
10
Running
6
7
Max Papis
#16 Magenta
67
-
-
-
-
9
Running
7
6
Danny Lasoski
#20 Orange
67
-
-
-
-
8
Running
8
2
Steve Kinser
#11 Green
67
1
6
-
2
7
Running
9
9
Matt Kenseth*
#17 Purple
67
-
-
-
-
6
Running
10
5
Helio Castroneves
#03 Day-glo
67
-
-
-
-
5
Running
11
4
Kurt Busch*
#97 Red
45
1
9
-
3
4
Accident
12
3
Scott Pruett
#01 Gold
5
-
-
-
-
3
Accident

Time of Race: 1hour 11min 16sec
Average Speed: 84.608  
Margin of Victory: .202  
Caution Flags: 3 (with Competition Yellow)
Lead Changes: 4 among 3 drivers
Lap Leaders: 3 (with Competition Yellow)


Race Three

 
September 8, 2004
Richmond International Raceway
Richmond, VA
.75-mile oval, 90 laps, 67.5 miles.

Pos.

Start

Driver

Car

Laps

Led

Laps Led

Bonus

Points

Status

1
12
Mark Martin*
#6 Olympic Blue
90
2
3
1
3
21
Running
2
4
Kurt Busch*
#97 Red
90
2
85
3
5
17
Running
3
8
Matt Kenseth*
#17 Purple
90
       
14
Running
4
9
Buddy Rice
#15 Burgundy
90
-
-
-
-
12
Running
5
10
Martin Truex Jr.
#8 Black
90
-
-
-
-
10
Running
6
1
Scott Pruett
#01 Yellow
90
       
9
Running
7
5
Danny Lasoski
#20 Orange
90
       
8
Running
8
2
Steve Kinser
#11 Green
90
1
2
-
2
7
Running
9
6
Max Papis
#16 Magenta
90
-
-
-
-
6
Running
10
11
Sebastien Bourdais
#2 Yellow
89
       
5
Accident
11
3
Helio Castroneves
#03 Day-glo
86
   
2
 
4
Accident
12
7
Bobby Hamilton
#4 Blue
3
       
3
Accident
 
Time of Race: 1hour 5minutes 46seconds
Average Speed: 61.588 mph  
Margin of Victory: .021  
Caution Flags: 5
Lead Changes: 3 among 3 drivers
Lap Leaders: 1-2 Kinser, 3-85 Busch, 86 Martin, 87-88 Busch, 89-90 Martin


Race Four

 
October 29, 2004
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Hampton, GA
1.5-mile oval, 65 laps, 97.5 miles

Pos.

Start

Driver

Car

Laps

Led

Laps Led

Bonus

Points

Status

1
9
Martin Truex Jr.
#8 Black
65
2
43
3
5
29
Running
2
12
Mark Martin*
#6 Olympic Blue
65
1
10
2
3
22
Running
3
10
Matt Kenseth*
#17 Purple
65
   
1
 
15
Running
4
2
Helio Castroneves
#03 Day-glo
65
1
1
-
-
12
Running
5
5
Danny Lasoski
#20 Orange
65
-
-
-
-
10
Running
6
7
Sebastien Bourdais
#2 Yellow
65
1
1
   
9
Running
7
8
Buddy Rice
#15 Burgundy
65
       
8
Running
8
3
Steve Kinser
#11 Green
65
-
-
-
-
7
Running
9
4
Max Papis
#16 Magenta
65
1
4
-
-
6
Running
10
6
Bobby Hamilton
#4 Blue
64
1
6
 
2
7
Accident
11
1
Scott Pruett
#01 Gold
64
   
-
 
4
Accident
12
11
Kurt Busch*
#97 Red
64
       
3
Running
 
Time of Race: 57 minutes 21 seconds  
Average Speed: 104.630 mph  
Margin of Victory: .818  
Caution Flags: 2* Competition Yellow at Lap 40
Lead Changes: 6 among 3 drivers
Lap Leaders: 1 Castroneves; 2-4 Papis; 6-11 Hamilton; 12-21 Martin; 22-40 Truex Jr.; 41 Bourdais; 42-65 Truex Jr.