Sprint Cup Series: The Brickyard Preview
July 21, 2014
Richard Childress Racing
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series News and Notes
Event John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard
Date: Sunday, July 27, 2014
Location: Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Richard Childress Racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway ... In 20 previous NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Richard Childress Racing has posted two pole awards (Kevin Harvick in 2003 and Jeff Burton in 2006), three wins (Dale Earnhardt 1995, Harvick 2003 and Paul Menard in 2011), 11 top-five and 23 top-10 finishes in 54 starts. RCR Chevrolets have also been atop the leaderboard for a total of 267 laps and, with the exception of one, each entry has been running at the finish of every event at the Brickyard dating back to the inaugural race in 1994.
RCR in the NSCS ... In 2,449 Sprint Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 46 pole awards, 105 wins, 455 top-five finishes and 964 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 17.8 and an average finishing position of 15.8. RCR has earned 15 total championships (six Sprint Cup Series championships with Earnhardt in 1986, '87, '90, '91, '93 and '94, six NASCAR Nationwide Series titles, two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series titles and one ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards title) and was the first organization to win titles in NASCAR's three national series.
The Collective RCR ...Throughout the season's first 19 races, RCR's Sprint Cup Series entries have earned one pole award with Austin Dillon at Daytona International Speedway in February. Collectively, the organization has notched six top-five and 18 top-10 finishes with drivers Dillon, Ryan Newman and Paul Menard. RCR's three full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers rank seventh (Newman), 11th (Menard) and 15th (Dillon) in the driver championship point standings.
RCR New Hampshire Rewind ... RCR teammates Newman, Dillon and Menard finished fifth, 14th and 19th, respectively, in the Camping World RV Sales 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Save Kids' Lives by Joining the Childress Champions ... Help support the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma by selecting your favorite driver when making a bronze level donation of $33 (Austin Dillon), $27 (Paul Menard) or $31 (Ryan Newman) to CIPT. To make a tax deductable donation, visit: https://www.wakehealth.edu/OnlineGift.htm?fid=45. The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma invests resources in research, education and awareness to improve the treatment for critically injured children in the U.S. The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center was established through the generosity of Richard and Judy Childress. For more information, please visit www.InjuredKids.org.
Catch the Action ... The John Wayne Walding 400 at The Brickyard will be televised live Sunday, July 27 beginning at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN and will be broadcast live on the Indy Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
No. 3 Mycogen Seeds Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Mycogen Seeds Chevrolet at Indianapolis Motor Speedway ... Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 481 in the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This is a new Chevrolet SS that will be utilized under race conditions for the first time this weekend.
Dillon at Indianapolis Motor Speedway ... Dillon made his career-first Brickyard 400 start one year ago, driving the No. 33 Mycogen Seeds Chevrolet to a 26th-place finish after starting 20th.
A Brickyard Tradition ... Dillon grew up attending races at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway track with his grandfather, car owner Richard Childress. Dillon recalls riding in the pace car as a young child and participated in Victory Lane festivities with Paul Menard in 2011 and Kevin Harvick in 2003. As a driver, Dillon participated in the inaugural NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2012 posting a fifth-place finish, and finished 12th in 2013.
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Welcome, Dow ... Dillon's rookie year in the Sprint Cup Series is also Dow's first year as a primary sponsor with RCR and the No. 3 Chevrolet. Together, both teams embrace the power of safety, science and technology as RCR tests Dow products under the most strenuous conditions. Dow also drives innovation to help address many of the world's most challenging problems, bringing a broad range of sustainable products and solutions to customers in nearly 180 countries. www.dow.com.
Get to the Points ... Dillon ranks 15th in the championship point standings leading into the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard.
Dirt Trackin' ... Prior to arriving at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Dillon is scheduled to compete in the No. 2 American Ethanol Chevrolet at Eldora Speedway at the second annual Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway. Dillon enters the race as the defending winner. Watch live on FOX Sports 1 at 9 p.m. ET.
Meet Dillon ... Dillon is scheduled to participate in an autograph session on behalf of Chevrolet on Friday, July 25 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. ET in Chalets 4 and 5 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and will also take part in a question-and-answer session at the speedway from 9:35 to 10 a.m. at the Team Chevy Stage. Wristband distribution starts at 8 a.m. in the Pagoda Plaza for the autograph session.
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTES:
What do you think about Indianapolis Motor Speedway?
"Everybody knows how prestigious this race is and just being a part of it with Mycogen Seeds was huge last year, and we get to come back with them this year, too. I'm excited to have a good run. I feel like we have a little momentum going into this race. We've been running a little better as of late on the ovals, so I'm definitely looking forward to Indy. Hopefully it will cut the learning curve in half and we can rely on some of our notes and what we've done in the past to make our car better, so hopefully that plays out for us. It's a really special track and I have a lot of fond memories there walking down pit road with my grandfather and watching races from the Pagoda. I remember him being perched up there watching his cars, so it's so cool now that I have a chance to add to that history. To become the fourth driver from Richard Childress Racing to win and to do it my first year in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series would be crazy. It would definitely be an amazing experience."
No. 27 Moen/Menards Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Moen/Menards Chevrolet at Indianapolis Motor Speedway ... This weekend in the John Wayne Walding 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Paul Menard and the No. 27 Moen/Menards Chevrolet SS team will pilot chassis No. 480. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS is a new addition to the Richard Childress Racing stable and will turn its first laps in practice on Friday.
Kiss The Bricks ... Indianapolis Motor Speedway will always be a special place for Menard as he will return to the site of his first-career Sprint Cup Series victory this weekend. The Wisconsin native made history in 2011, becoming the first driver to earn his first-career Sprint Cup Series win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Brickyard 400. After growing up watching his father's IndyCar teams race at the storied 2.5-mile speedway, the win proved to be extra special to Menard and his family after having a presence at the track for more than 35 years.
Menard at Indy ... Menard's first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory came at this prestigious event in 2011. The Eau Claire, Wis., driver has six additional NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with an average starting position of 23.6 and an average finish of 18.7. The Richard Childress Racing driver has completed 96.1 percent of the laps around the 2.5-mile track. In addition, Menard has two NASCAR Nationwide Series starts amassing two top-10 finishes and completing 100 percent of laps raced.
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Season-to-date ... Through the first 19 Sprint Cup Series races of the 2014 season, Menard has completed 5,386 of 5,511 laps contested (97.7 percent), led 45 laps and is currently 10th in the driver point standings.
Double Duty ... In addition to driving the No. 27 Moen/Menards Chevrolet SS in Sunday afternoon's race, Menard will pilot the No. 33 NIBCO/Menards Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event on Saturday afternoon. This race is scheduled to air live on ESPN at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time, along with SiriusXM Radio, channel 90.
What's Your Point ... After finishing 19th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Menard moved up in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver championship point standings and sits 11th, only eight markers out of 10th, heading into Indianapolis this weekend.
Looking Back ... Menard qualified 23rd for last year's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The No. 27 Chevrolet team battled a loose-handling car throughout the beginning of the event, but was able to rally towards the front finishing the event in 12th.
PAUL MENARD QUOTES:
Indy has an extra special meaning for you, what's it like going back there?
"Indy is the greatest race track in the world. It's the one I circle every year, even before I won there. I spent a lot of time there as a kid watching IndyCar races. I was at the inaugural Brickyard 400. The track holds a special meaning to me for sure."
Do you appreciate the history of Indy now that you're an adult?
"At one point I could name every Indy 500 winner from 1911 through probably the mid-90's. I've forgotten most of them now but could still probably name quite a few. I was and still am a big history geek. I love history, especially at Indianapolis."
No. 31 Quicken Loans Chevrolet SS
Event Preview Fact Sheet
This Week's Quicken Loans Chevrolet SS at Indianapolis Motor Speedway ... Ryan Newman will drive chassis No. 479 in Sunday's John Wayne Walding 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This is a new chassis and will be utilized for the first time this weekend.
Newman at the Brickyard ... In 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at the Brickyard, Newman is looking to defend his 2013 victory at this prestigious race, after starting from the pole and leading 45 of the 160 laps scheduled last year. Three of the 20 (15%) Cup races at Indianapolis have been won from pole and Newman is one of three drivers who completed the impressive task. In total, the "Rocket Man" owns two top-five and three top-10 finishes. The South Bend, Ind., native has led 59 laps in competition and has an average start of seventh and average finish of 18th.
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Paint Your Way To Dover ... Quicken Loans has launched an exciting contest for fans to design a paint scheme for the No. 31 Quicken Loans Chevrolet to run at the Monster Mile on September 28. One lucky winner will win a trip to Dover International Speedway and see their car design in action on the high-banked oval. Fans can go to QLRacing.comto register and design their car. The deadline to submit a paint scheme is August 3rd.
Media Availability ... Newman will be accessible to media at Indianapolis Motor Speedway when he stops by the media center on Friday at 10:30 a.m. ET.
Where's Ryan? ... On Sunday, Newman is scheduled to participate in a question and answer session at the Chevy Stage located in the Pagoda Plaza at 9:35 a.m. ET.
Put to the Test ... The No. 31 team participated in a two-day Goodyear test at IMS on June 16 and 17.
Point of Interest ... Newman ranks seventh in the Sprint Cup Series championship point standings, trailing the current leader by 97 points, entering the 20th event on the schedule, the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard.
Race Rewind ... Last season, Newman finished where he started by crossing the famed yard of bricks first at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
RYAN NEWMAN QUOTES:
Being from Indiana, what were your thoughts when you heard NASCAR was coming to the Brickyard?
"I believe I was there for the first or second test they had. My mom and I went down there to pick up some tires for my open-wheel cars and I heard some cars at the track. They didn't sound like Indy cars. There was a distinct difference in the way they sounded. I snuck into the garages and got to walk all the way out to pit road and saw them go by. It was a surreal-type sound because of the tailpipes and the straightaways lined with grandstands on both sides. I remember that and it was all the way back to 1993 or 1994. It was pretty special to be there, especially knowing now that I would eventually come back and win a Brickyard 400."
Where does the Brickyard rank in the races you have won?
"It's hard to rationalize a race beating the Daytona 500, but with all that happened to me last year, winning the 2013 Brickyard 400 is kind of in a tie with me winning the 50th running of the Daytona 500. I went through a lot last year. Plus, I am from Indiana and that place is important to my state. I think the most important part of winning at Indy is appreciating the history of the speedway and the history of all the race car drivers who have competed there. Then, to see the list of drivers who have actually fulfilled their dreams of winning there, it's pretty amazing."
With the new rules package, do you expect to see a different kind of race?
"No, I think track position is going to be as important as it always has been at Indy, if not more. Horsepower will remain at a premium. You also have to get through the corners because that dictates how you are going to run in the straightaways. To win at the Brickyard, you will need the complete package and then some."