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Roush Racing Buys into Rypien Motorsports

18 August 1997


BROOKLYN, NY - Roush Racing will acquire an interest in Mark Rypien 
Motorsports which is located in Mooresville, NC and currently fields the #97 
John Deere Pontiacs driven by Chad Little on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit.

Little has signed a multi-year driver contract but the team has not yet made 
any announcement regarding car manufacturer or sponsor affiliations for the 
1998 season. 

"When we were approached by Rypien Motorsports, we first had to consider what 
our role could or would be, without disrupting other objectives regarding our 
current Winston Cup teams, sponsors, and affiliations," said owner Jack 
Roush, whose team currently consists of three Ford Thunderbirds driven by 
Mark Martin, Ted Musgrave, and Jeff Burton. "When we looked at their program, 
we found that we could participate not only on a supplier level as their 
engine builder, but we also felt that we could help their motorsports program 
as a whole. Ultimately, those dicussions led to an investment in the team."

Current Mark Rypien Motorsports owner Greg Pollex will assume an executive 
role with the team and remain as a shareholder.