NNN   N   AAAA    SSSS  CCCC   AAAA   RRRRR
N NN  N  AA  AA  SS    CC     AA  AA  R   RR
N  NN N  AAAAAA   SSS  C      AAAAAA  RRRRR
N   NNN AA    AA    SS CC    AA    AA R   R
N    NN AA    AA SSSS   CCCC AA    AA R    R

NASCAR 2005: Chase for the Cup
Thunder License Index

Introduction
============

The purpose of this FAQ is to give you a heads-up on which Thunder Plates will 
unlock which things so that you will be able to make informed decisions on 
which you'd like to purchase.  When I started up the game and went in to buy
some, the first thing I did was try to find a FAQ that identified which each
was so I didn't have to waste time buying some and then resetting.  I couldn't
find a list, so I had to do that and at one point I unfortunately had the
autosave on and exited and had to start all over again.  So here, for your
convenience, is a list of all the Thunder Plates and what they do so that you
know what you are getting yourself into when you spend your hard earned skill
points.

How this FAQ is organized...

This FAQ is in a list format, broken down by categories.  The page number
corresponds directly to the page in the thunder plates menu, while the
separate number (1,2,3,4,5,6) correspond to their placement on that page.
1 = Top left
2 = Top middle
3 = Top right
4 = Bottom left
5 = Bottom middle
6 = Bottom right

========
RACEPOLE
========

I have yet to use one of these plates, but I would assume that they are a
free ride for the pole during the season mode.  I am unsure as to which modes
in which they can be used, as well as their definite use.  If someone can
confirm this for me, I would credit you accordingly.

Page 1
1 RACEPOLE - Atlanta Motor Speedway
2 RACEPOLE - Bristol Motor Speedway
3 RACEPOLE - California Speedway
4 RACEPOLE - Chicagoland Speedway
5 RACEPOLE - Darlington
6 RACEPOLE - Daytona International Speedway

Page 2
1 RACEPOLE - Dover International Speedway
2 RACEPOLE - Homestead Miami Speedway
3 RACEPOLE - Indianapolis Motor Speedway
4 RACEPOLE - Infineon Raceway
5 RACEPOLE - Kansas Speedway
6 RACEPOLE - Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Page 3
1 RACEPOLE - Lowe's Motor Speedway
2 RACEPOLE - Martinsville Speedway
3 RACEPOLE - Michigan International Speedway
4 RACEPOLE - New Hampshire International Speedway
5 RACEPOLE - North Carolina Speedway
6 RACEPOLE - Phoenix International Speedway

Page 4
1 RACEPOLE - Richmond International Speedway
2 RACEPOLE - Talledega Super Speedway
3 RACEPOLE - Texas Motor Speedway
4 RACEPOLE - Watkin's Glen

=========
NEW EVENT
=========

These plates unlock new tracks or situations for use in different game
modes.  They are marked here first by the track and then by stipulation.
Night means that it opens up a night race version of that track.  Road
means that it opens up the road course that is available at that track.
Also, new tracks like the Old Spice Speedway can be opened up.  These
plates are marked afterwards by the series for which they open up, such
as Nextel or Craftsman.

Page4
5 NEW EVENT - Atlanta Motor Speedway/Night
6 NEW EVENT - Darlington/Night

Page 5
1 NEW EVENT - Daytona International Speedway/Road
2 NEW EVENT - Dodge Stadium/Special Event/Craftsman
3 NEW EVENT - Dodge Stadium/Special Event/National
4 NEW EVENT - Dodge Stadium/Special Event/Nextel
5 NEW EVENT - Dodge Stadium/Special Event/Production
6 NEW EVENT - Dover International Speedway/Night

Page 6
1 NEW EVENT - Indianapolis Raceway Park/Special Event/Featherlite
2 NEW EVENT - Indianapolis Raceway Park/Special Event/Craftsman
3 NEW EVENT - Indianapolis Raceway Park/Special Event/Nextel
4 NEW EVENT - Las Vegas Motor Speedway/Night
5 NEW EVENT - Levi Strauss Signature Speedway/Special Event/Craftsman
6 NEW EVENT - Levi Strauss Signature Speedway/Special Event/National

Page 7
1 NEW EVENT - Levi Strauss Signature Speedway/Special Event/Nextel
2 NEW EVENT - Martinsville Speedway/Night
3 NEW EVENT - Milwaukee Mile/Special Event/Featherlite
4 NEW EVENT - Milwaukee Mile/Special Event/Craftsman
5 NEW EVENT - Milwaukee Mile/Special Event/Nextel
6 NEW EVENT - Nazareth Speedway/Special Event/Featherlite

Page 8
1 NEW EVENT - Nazareth Speedway/Special Event/Nextel
2 NEW EVENT - North Carolina Speedway/Night
3 NEW EVENT - Old Spice Speedway/Special Event/Craftsman
4 NEW EVENT - Old Spice Speedway/Special Event/National
5 NEW EVENT - Old Spice Speedway/Special Event/Nextel
6 NEW EVENT - Old Spice Speedway/Special Event/Production

Page 9
1 NEW EVENT - Phoenix International Speedway/Road
2 NEW EVENT - Red Ball Road Way/Special Event/Nextel
3 NEW EVENT - Red Ball Road Way/Special Event/Production
4 NEW EVENT - Richmond International Race Way/Day
5 NEW EVENT - Speedway BLVD./Special Event/Nextel
6 NEW EVENT - Talledega Super Speedway/Night

Page 10
1 NEW EVENT - Texas Motor Speedway/Road

========
NUDRIVER
========

These plates do just what they say - They unlock new drivers.  The
first unlocks Dale Earnhardt, but the others all unlock no name drivers.
The drivers are marked below by their number, sponsor and series.
There really isn't any need to unlock these drivers, unless you're
unlocking the complete set at the end.  The complete set unlocks
different drivers than the other plates do, and there must be a good
20 or 30 racers that it unlocks.  These racers are confirmed to be
available in the NEXTEL series only -- all other series are unconfirmed.

Page 10
2 NUDRIVER - #3 Dale Earnhardt/Nextel
3 NUDRIVER - #101 Mr. Clean/Featherlite
4 NUDRIVER - #153 Levi Strauss/Featherlite
5 NUDRIVER - #163 Old Spice/Featherlite
6 NUDRIVER - #177 AutoZone/Featherlite

Page 11
1 NUDRIVER - #191 Dodge Rippin'/Featherlite
2 NUDRIVER - #192 Dodge Classic-Red/Featherlite
3 NUDRIVER - #101 Mr. Clean/Craftsman
4 NUDRIVER - #153 Levi Strauss/Craftsman
5 NUDRIVER - #163 Old Spice/Craftsman
6 NUDRIVER - #177 AutoZone/Craftsman

Page 12
1 NUDRIVER - #191 Dodge Rippin'/Craftsman
2 NUDRIVER - #192 Dodge Classic-Red/Craftsman
3 NUDRIVER - #101 Mr. Clean/Nextel
4 NUDRIVER - #153 Levi Strauss/Nextel
5 NUDRIVER - #163 Old Spice/Nextel
6 NUDRIVER - #177 AutoZone/Nextel

Page 13
1 NUDRIVER - #191 Dodge Rippin'/Nextel
2 NUDRIVER - #192 Dodge Classic-Red/Nextel
3 NUDRIVER - #192 Dodge Classic-Gold/Nextel
4 NUDRIVER - #100 Dover Monster/Nextel
5 NUDRIVER - Fantasy Drivers Complete Set
            (at least 30 new NEXTEL drivers)

========
NU PAINT
========

These are the plates that we're all looking for.  Unfortunately,
the "adult" sponsors are not in the game at all.  You'd expect maybe
some sort of filter, but no.  So the Born-On Date Car... Not here.
Kenseth's Smirnoff Ice car... Not here.  Depressing, I know, but we
still have a good deal to choose from, including the GI Joe car and
the Got Milk? car, my favorites.  To know what you're buying before
you buy it, go into the car select screen and look at the driver you
want.  You can find the paint scheme in there.  It'll be shawdowed,
but you can still browse them there before you buy.

Page 13
6 NU PAINT  #01 GI Joe/Nemechek

Page 14
1 NU PAINT  #5 Platinum Frosted Flakes/Labonte
2 NU PAINT  #5 Got Milk?/Labonte
3 NU PAINT - #5 2003 Frosted Flakes/Labonte
4 NU PAINT - #6 Inverse Pfizer/Martin
5 NU PAINT - #6 Oscar Mayer/Martin
6 NU PAINT - #6 Kraft/Martin

Page 15
1 NU PAINT - #10 Globetrotter's/Riggs
2 NU PAINT - #12 2003 Alltel/Newman
3 NU PAINT - #12 2003 50th Win/Newman
4 NU PAINT - #15 2003 Stars and Stripes/Waltrip
5 NU PAINT - #15 2003 Napa/Waltrip
6 NU PAINT - #16 Subway/Biffle

Page 16
1 NU PAINT - #16 Grainger/Biffle
2 NU PAINT - #17 DeWalt Million Dollar Challenge/Kenseth
3 NU PAINT - #18 2003 Interstate Batteries/Labonte
4 NU PAINT - #18 Incredible Hulk/Labonte
5 NU PAINT - #20 Shrek 2/Stewart
6 NU PAINT - #20 2003 Home Depot/Stewart

Page 17
1 NU PAINT - #21 Air Force/Rudd
2 NU PAINT - #21 RentACenter/Rudd
3 NU PAINT - #21 2003 Motorcraft/Rudd
4 NU PAINT - #24 2003 Pepsi/Gordon
5 NU PAINT - #24 DuPont Retro/Gordon
6 NU PAINT - #29 35th Anniversary/Harvick

Page 18
1 NU PAINT - #29 2003 GM Shootout/Harvick
2 NU PAINT - #29 2003 GM/Harvick
3 NU PAINT - #30 35th Anniversary/Sauter
4 NU PAINT - #31 35th Anniversary/Gordon
5 NU PAINT - #31 2003 Cingular/GOrdon
6 NU PAINT - #31 FDNY/Gordon

Page 19
1 NU PAINT - #31 2003 Cingular Inverse/Gordon
2 NU PAINT - #38 2003 M&Ms/Sadler
3 NU PAINT - #43 Box Tops for Education/Green
4 NU PAINT - #45 Georgia-Pacific/Petty
5 NU PAINT - #48 2003 Lowe's/Johnson
6 NU PAINT - #48 2003 Power of Pride/Johnson

Page 20
1 NU PAINT - #88 2003 UPS/Jarrett
2 NU PAINT - #97 2003 Rubbermaid/Busch
3 NU PAINT - #97 2003 Sharpie/Busch
4 NU PAINT - #97 2003 Irwin Paint/Busch
5 NU PAINT - #97 Blue Ice/Busch
6 NU PAINT - #99 Pennzoil/Burton

=======
SPONSOR
=======

These are for use in the custom car garage.  They are the sponsors
that you can earn if you buy your own team in the career mode, but
here they can be used to deck out your own car for use against
your friends.

Page 21
1 SPONSOR - ALL PRO
2 SPONSOR - AutoZone
3 SPONSOR - Coca-Cola
4 SPONSOR - Dodge
5 SPONSOR - Dodge (Black)
6 SPONSOR - Dodge (Black Metallic)

Page 22
1 SPONSOR - Uncle Handy's Racing Gloves
2 SPONSOR - The Home Depot
3 SPONSOR - Levi Strauss
4 SPONSOR - McDonald's
5 SPONSOR - Mr. Clean AutoDry
6 SPONSOR - NBC Sports

Page 23
1 SPONSOR - Old Spice
2 SPONSOR - O'Reilly
3 SPONSOR - Romeo's Alternators
4 SPONSOR - Joe's Snow Blowers

========
PLATINUM
========

This one baffles me.  Its the first one that I bought because its
name threw me.  It is a pit crew team.  I believe they can be hired
when you own either a Craftsman truck series, National, or Nextel
series race team.  If someone can confirm this for me and how you
go about hiring them, I will credit you accordingly.

Page 23
5 PLATINUM - Mr. Clean Pit Crew

========
PROD CAR
========

A welcomed, but unrealistic addition to NASACAR this year are the
production cars.  You first come in contact with them when you load
the game as you have to race Ryan Newman in Vipers.  From there on,
as you win races, you'll be challenged by NEXTEL drivers in other
cars, such as Jeff Gordon and the Chevy Corvette.  If you defeat them,
you unlock the car, so I would wait on these thunder plates,
especially since they cost 75,000 skill points a piece anyway.

Page 23
6 PROD CAR - Dodge Magnum

Page 24
1 PROD CAR - Dodge SRT-4
2 PROD CAR - Dodge Viper
3 PROD CAR - Ford GT
4 PROD CAR - Ford Mustang GT
5 PROD CAR - Chevy Corvette
6 PROD CAR - Daytona Prototype

Page 25
1 PROD CAR - Ford SVT Lightning

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OTHER STUFF
===========

Thanks to the EA staff for making a game that keeps me up till
3 in the morning.  This game is the most in depth as it gets.

Copyright 2004 Matt Swan.