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2003 International Race of Champions
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Kurt Busch (seen in 2015), the IROC XXVII champion

The 27th season of the Crown Royal International Race of Champions began on Friday, February 14, 2003 at Daytona International Speedway. The roster included 12 drivers from five separate racing leagues. The first race saw Mark Martin tie an IROC record 11 career wins, tying him with Al Unser, Jr. and Dale Earnhardt. Rookie Kurt Busch won in only his second start in race 2 after finishing second at Daytona. At Chicagoland, Mike Bliss became the first driver representing the Craftsman Truck Series to win a race in IROC competition. Jimmie Johnson won the final race of the year for his first career IROC victory. Busch clinched the title with his fourth-place showing in the race, as Mark Martin and Mike Bliss, his closest competitors, finished fifth and tenth, respectively.

The roster of drivers and final points standings were as follows: [1][2]

Position Driver Points Series
1 United States Kurt Busch 69 NASCAR Winston Cup
2 United States Mark Martin 58 NASCAR Winston Cup
3 United States Jimmie Johnson 56 NASCAR Winston Cup
4 United States Mike Bliss 54 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
5 United States Kevin Harvick 48 NASCAR Winston Cup
6 United States Ryan Newman 48 NASCAR Winston Cup
7 United States Greg Biffle 41 NASCAR Busch Series
8 United States Sam Hornish, Jr. 30 Indy Racing League
9 United States Danny Lasoski 27 World of Outlaws
10 Brazil Felipe Giaffone
United States Scott Sharp
24 Indy Racing League
11 United States Steve Kinser 24 World of Outlaws
12 Brazil Hélio Castroneves 23 Indy Racing League

Contents

Race One (Daytona International Speedway)Edit

Race Two (Talladega Superspeedway)Edit

Race Three (Chicagoland Speedway)Edit

Race Four (Indianapolis Motor Speedway)Edit

ReferencesEdit