Roush Racing and NASCAR Nextel Cup driver Jeff Burton announced today that Burton will remain with Roush and the #99 team heading into the 2004 season.

Burton signed a multi-year contract with Roush back in September and he continues to be committed to Roush Racing and the #99 team.

"My commitment to Roush Racing is strong," said Burton. "I have said all along that Roush is where I want to be and that's where I'm staying. Jack [Roush, team owner] is committed to this team and so am I. We've built something that really means a lot. We spent last year re-building and we are looking to capitalize on it in 2004 and return the #99 Ford to victory lane where it belongs."

Roush Racing will continue the search for a primary sponsor for the #99 Ford while Burton and the team move ahead with off-season testing and preparation. Roush Racing president Geoff Smith remains strong in his conviction that there will be a sponsor for the #99 team in the near future.

"We are optimistic that the general economic recovery will soon bring several new primary sponsors into the Nextel Cup Series." Smith continued, "Jeff Burton is an incredible corporate spokesman and a great race car driver. We can't imagine giving up on a team that has brought us 18 wins. So, we decided to make the investment to continue the operation of the #99 team and continue to pursue sponsorship."

Burton is also confident the team will have a sponsor soon, thus putting to rest the rumours.

"We are approaching this year fully committed to succeed," Burton said. "I'm confident we will finalise something soon and until then we are full speed ahead in our quest to win the Nextel Cup Championship. Our testing, preparation, car building and people hiring is just like it has been. We are committed to signing a sponsor and until then we are business as usual. No one should question our resolve, determination or ability."



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