Richard Childress Racing
Nationwide Series Preview for Indy
July 22, 2013
NASCAR Nationwide Series News and Notes
Race: Indiana 250
Date: Saturday, July 27, 2013
Location: Indianapolis Motor Speedway
RCR's NASCAR Nationwide Series History at Indianapolis Motor Speedway ... In four previous Nationwide Series starts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Richard Childress Racing has acquired two top-five and three top-10 finishes at the 2.5-mile track, completing 100 percent of the laps attempted.
RCR in the NNS ... In 923 Nationwide Series starts through the last 15 years, Richard Childress Racing has earned 65 wins, 48 pole awards, 311 top-five and 515 top-10 finishes with a 12th-place average starting position and an average finishing position of 12.5 among all races contested. RCR earned the Nationwide Series driver point championships in 2001 and 2006 with Kevin Harvick and in 2008 with Clint Bowyer. The Welcome, N.C.-based team earned the owner's title in 2003 with Johnny Sauter and Harvick, and again in 2007 with Jeff Burton and Scott Wimmer.
The Season So Far ... In the 18 races contested this season, RCR has earned one win in the Nationwide Series, with Tony Stewart at Daytona International Speedway, along with 13 top-five and 28 top-10 finishes. Austin Dillon has earned six pole awards at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Dover International Speedway, Iowa Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, Kentucky Speedway and Daytona International Speedway, setting the all-time pole award record in the Nationwide Series with four-consecutive poles. The organization has led 526 laps in 2013.
Get to the Points ... Dillon is ranked third in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, trailing point leader Sam Hornish by eight markers, while Brian Scott is eighth, 65 points out of the lead. In the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, the No. 3 Chevrolet team ranks fifth, while the No. 2 team ranks 10th and the No. 33 team ranks 14th.
Social Media ... To keep up-to-date with the latest news, information and to view exclusive content, visit RCR's Twitter page - @RCRracing, RCR's NASCAR Nationwide Series team Twitter pages - @RCR2BScott, @RCR3ADillon, @RCR33NNS and @RCR29KHarvick (for information on the No.21 team at Indianapolis Motor Speedway), RCR's NNS driver Twitter pages - @BScottRacing, @AustinDillon3 and @KevinHarvick and the official Facebook fan pages - facebook.com/BScottRacing, facebook.com/austindillon3, facebook.com/pmenard27 and facebook.com/OfficialKevinHarvick.
Catch the Action ... Flag-to-flag coverage of the Indiana 250 will be televised on ESPN beginning at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, July 27 and broadcast live on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Satellite Radio, channel 90.
No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro
This Week's Shore Lodge Chevrolet at Indianapolis Motor Speedway ... This weekend Brian Scott and the No. 2 Shore Lodge team travel to one of the grandest venues in the world of motorsports with the goal of kissing the bricks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The No. 2 team will bring chassis No. 129 from the Richard Childress Racing Nationwide Series stable. This is a brand new chassis that will be making its first competitive laps this weekend at "The Brickyard".
IMS History ... In the Nationwide Series inaugural event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway one year ago, Scott started the event from the 15th spot and took the checkered flag in the 14th position.
Gould Has Kissed the Bricks ... This weekend, RCR crew chief Phil Gould looks to relive the moment of kissing the bricks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In 2002, while serving as a mechanic for Bill Elliott and the No. 9 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team, Elliott claimed his first win at the famed track taking his team to Victory Lane to experience the tradition of kissing the bricks at "The Brickyard." Eleven years later marks Gould's first season as a crew chief where he will be calling the shots Saturday afternoon with hopes of kissing the bricks once again.
Lodging in Idaho ... Shore Lodge will serve as the primary sponsor for Scott and the No. 2 team this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Set on the southern shore of Payette Lake in McCall, Idaho, four seasons of adventure await at this idyllic location. A family favorite since 1948, the travel destination allows guests to enjoy the spectacular views, friendly service and generous accommodations at the lake front resort. Shore Lodge serves as the perfect mixture of adventure and luxury featuring 26 spa adventures, fitness studio, golf privileges at Whitetail Club, jet skiing, and a private beach for guests.
Shore Lodge: Did You Know? ... Among the services offered by Shore Lodge, The Cove spa is an authentic mountain retreat that offers an adventure in luxury for guests who can choose from a menu of massage therapies, facials, and body treatments. A range of daily excursion spa packages that provide relaxing, invigorating and pampering combinations of spa options also are available. The Cove's amenities include indoor and outdoor saltwater immersion pools lined with granite boulders, a 24-hour fitness studio complete with the latest cardiovascular and strength training equipment, and manicures, pedicures and waxing services
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTE
How cool was it racing at the oldest race track on the NASCAR circuit and being part of the inaugural Nationwide Series event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year?
"It was really special to be part of the inaugural Nationwide Series event at Indianapolis (Motor Speedway) last year. It's such a historic race track people from all forms of racing are familiar with. From Formula 1 to IRL to NASCAR, it's always been a special place for racers. It was special to be part of the inaugural event, we didn't have as strong of a run as we would have last year, but I'm going back with a new team and momentum from the last couple of races. We should be really strong this weekend and looking to get this No. 2 team in Victory Lane to kiss the bricks."
No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet Camaro
This Week's AdvoCare Chevrolet at Indianapolis Motor Speedway ... Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 119 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable. Dillon raced this Chevrolet Camaro to a 14th-place finish after earning the pole award at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May, and a third-place finish after starting third at Texas Motor Speedway in April.
Dillon at Indianapolis Motor Speedway ... Dillon has one previous start in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, posting a fifth-place finish in the Series' inaugural race at the Brickyard in 2012.
The Season So Far ... According to NASCAR's Loop Data Season-to-Date Statistics, Dillon leads the Nationwide Series in Average Starting Position (4.5), ranks second in laps in the Top-15 (89.4 percent), has led the third-most laps (365), maintains the third-best Driver Rating (101.1), ranks fourth in Fastest Laps Run (183), fourth in Average Running Position (9.125) and is the fourth-Fastest Driver on Restarts (8.278). He currently ranks third in the driver championship point standings, eight markers behind leader Sam Hornish.
Spark your Engines ... Dillon and the RCR team will sport the colors of award-winning premier health and wellness company AdvoCare on the No. 3 Chevrolet at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. AdvoCare offers nutrition, weight loss, energy and sports performance products of the highest quality developed through comprehensive research and backed by a Scientific and Medical Advisory Board. Dillon trains with AdvoCare products throughout the week and is a distributor as well. For more information about Dillon's favorite products, including Spark, Rehydrate, meal replacement bars and Post-Workout Recovery, visit http://www.AdvoCare.com.
AdvoCare Supporting the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma ... If Dillon wins this weekend's Nationwide Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, AdvoCare will make a $5,000 donation to the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma. The health and wellness company will pledge $2,000 to CIPT for a top-five finish and $1,000 for a top-10 finish. So far this season, the No. 3 team has raised $18,000 towards the cause. The Childress Institute invests resources in research, education and awareness to improve the treatment for critically injured children in the U.S. and AdvoCare's generous donations are aimed at helping to raise awareness for pediatric trauma, the No. 1 killer of children in America. You can help save the lives of injured children by making a contribution to the Childress Institute in two ways: donate $33 in honor of Dillon via his website, or text WIN to 80077 to make a $10 donation.
Show Me the Money ... As one of four Nationwide Insurance Dash 4 Cash qualifying drivers, Dillon will sport a blue spoiler on his Chevrolet Camaro Saturday and will win a $100,000 bonus if he finishes ahead of fellow contenders Elliott Sadler, Brian Vickers and Sam Hornish this weekend. Dillon earned the Dash 4 Cash bonus the past two race weekends, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Chicagoland Speedway, with back-to-back third-place finishes. Fans have the opportunity to participate in the action by entering the Nationwide Series $100,000 Sweepstakes at www.nascar.com/dash4cash.
Double Up ... In Addition to competing in Saturday's Nationwide Series race, Dillon is scheduled to drive the No. 33 Mycogen Seeds Chevrolet SS for RCR in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event, marking his Brickyard 400 debut. The Brickyard 400 is scheduled to air live at Noon Eastern Time on Sunday, July 28 on ESPN, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
Meet Dillon ... Dillon is scheduled to participate in a fan question-and-answer session at the Team Chevy Stage on Friday, July 26 from 1:45 to 2 p.m. ET, followed by an autograph session on behalf of Chevrolet from 2:05 to 3 p.m. ET in Chalets 4 and 5 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Dillon will return to the Chevy Stage for an additional fan question-and-answer session on Sunday from 9:10 until 9:25 a.m. ET.
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTES
What was it like running the inaugural NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year? "It was very special to run the first NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway because every time you can be in an inaugural race it is history being made. As a driver, you love getting those little notches on your belt. Going back for the second time you have a lot more experience, so you know what to expect with the track."
What did you learn last time that you can use this year at Indianapolis Motor Speedway? "I was a little too tight during the race last year at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Nationwide cars like to be free there and I feel like if we keep our car dragged out and keep our car free, we will have what we need to be competitive and win."
No. 21 Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet Camaro
This Week's Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet at Indianapolis Motor Speedway ... Kevin Harvick will pilot Chassis No. 131 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable in the Saturday afternoon event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This Chevrolet is new to the RCR rotation and is scheduled to appear on track for the first time during practice on Friday.
Indy Stats ... Harvick has made a total of 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but Saturday will mark his first Nationwide Series appearance at the 2.5-mile historic facility.
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Double Duty ... In addition to driving the No. 21 Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevrolet Camaro on Saturday afternoon, Harvick will also pilot the No. 29 Jimmy John's Chevrolet SS in the Brickyard 400 on Sunday. This race is scheduled to air live on ESPN at Noon Eastern Time, along with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
KEVIN HARVICK QUOTE
What are some of the biggest differences of running a NASCAR Nationwide Series car at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, compared to a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car? "I've never run a NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but based on my experience with the Nationwide cars, compared to the Sprint Cup cars, they are extremely slow down the straightaway, but you still carry a tremendous amount of corner speed. I think you'll battle some of the same issues you do with a Sprint Cup Series car, only at a slower pace."
No. 33 Rheem/Menards Chevrolet Camaro
This Week's Rheem/Menards Chevrolet ... Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 130 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro is a new addition to the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable and will turn its first laps in practice on Friday.
Brickyard Stats ... Menard has one Nationwide Series start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. After starting in the ninth position, the Wisconsin native finished eighth in last year's inaugural Series event at the 2.5-mile facility.
Gotta Have a Rheem ...Rheem Manufacturing Company (www.rheem.com) is privately held with headquarters in Atlanta and U.S. operations in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Indiana, North Carolina and Texas. In its 88th year of operation, the company manufactures a full-line of eco-friendly, technologically advanced residential and commercial heating and cooling systems; tank, tankless, solar and hybrid heat pump water heaters; whole-home standby generators, controls, swimming pool and spa heaters; indoor air-purification products; and commercial boilers throughout North America and world markets. The company's premium brands, including Rheem, Raypak, Ruud and Richmond have been recognized with countless industry and consumer awards for reliability, innovative design and high quality. Rheem is the official heating, cooling and water heating supplier to Richard Childress Racing, and is a primary sponsor of RCR's No. 29 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and RCR's No. 33 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Double Duty ... In addition to driving the No. 33 Rheem/Menards Chevrolet Camaro in Saturday afternoon's race, Menard will pilot the No. 27 Duracell/Menards Chevrolet SS in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event on Sunday afternoon. This race is scheduled to air live on ESPN at Noon Eastern Time, along with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.
PAUL MENARD QUOTE
What are your thoughts on racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway? "Indianapolis Motor Speedway is one of my favorite tracks. It's a place with so much history and prestige. I grew up spending a lot of time at the Brickyard with my family and I was fortunate enough to get my first (NASCAR Sprint Cup Series) win there, so it will always be a special place for me. The track itself is unlike any other in that it's a flat square with rounded corners. It's always nice to get a little extra practice at a place like Indy. I'm hoping to learn some things in Saturday's race that I can apply to the Cup Series race on Sunday. It's always fun to race the No. 33 Rheem/Menards car with Ernie (Cope, crew chief) and the guys. They do a great job of putting together really fast race cars and we are taking a brand new car with us this weekend. I'm excited to see what we've got when we unload on Friday."