Penske Performance Inc has confirmed that, as rumoured, Kodak will sponsor the Penske-Jasper Racing Dodge for Brendan Gaughan in this year's NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.

Gaughan, the 2002 Craftsman Truck Series rookie of the year, finished fourth in the support series last year, and graduates to the #77 car full-time in 2004. The entry will be co-owned by Jasper Engine Exchange Inc - a long-time Penske business partner - and will have the benefits of its relationship with Penske's other Nextel Cup teams.

"I am thrilled to get this opportunity and thankful to so many people," Gaughan said, having had to wait for confirmation of his ride, "I appreciate the confidence that Kodak and the Penske organisation have shown in my abilities, and I can't wait for the 2004 season to begin."

Jasper Engine Exchange and Transmissions Inc, which has been the primary sponsor of the #77 car for the past 13 seasons, will now become an associate sponsor, although it will be identified as the primary sponsor in several races each year. In addition to its sponsorship, Jasper will provide engineering support and power train development to the Kodak-sponsored Dodge.

 

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