Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Chevy drivers on Fontana


TEAM CHEVY FROM THE DRIVER’S SEAT:

DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 88 NATIONAL GUARD CHEVROLET SS – 2nd IN STANDINGS:
“I like the way the track has gotten really wide and you can run at the bottom, at the top or the middle. I love tracks like that. They put on really good races, and there are opportunities to pass when you run a guy down, you can change the line you’re running and get some clean air on your car. You feel confident that if you do the right thing and drive the car well, that you can make a pass. I love that about that race track. The surface has got a good age on it and we even run on the apron some down there in Turns 3 and 4, which is a lot of fun when you can get your car to do that. It’s a wide track; I think the racing there is a lot of fun for a driver.”

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S/JIMMIE JOHNSON FOUNDATION CHEVROLET SS – 3rd IN STANDINGS:
“I think it’s going to be a fun race. We have a lot of race track to race on. We’re all getting smarter about the cars. I’m excited that Lowe’s is allowing me to have my foundation’s colors on the race car. That combination has been awfully successful for us over the years.”

KASEY KAHNE, NO. 5 FARMERS INSURANCE CHEVROLET SS – 7th IN STANDINGS:
“I look forward to just the really wide race track, the speeds will be up, you can move around usually from the white line all the way to the wall, just about run right against the wall on a big, two‑mile race track, and just trying to ‑‑ it's pretty technical because of the seams there where the track is paved and then it stops and then it starts another paving section, and the seams are pretty thick, they're pretty wide I guess you would say.  So getting on top of those seams can be rough, just figuring out how to get the car go around all that stuff and make good laps.  To me I'm really excited because I think we'll be able to drive harder than we've ever been able to drive at Fontana in a Sprint Cup car, and I'm really looking forward to that.  I think it's going to be pretty exciting.”

PAUL MENARD, NO. 27 MENARDS/CERTAINTEED CHEVROLET SS – 9th IN STANDINGS:
“Speeds are really high at Auto Club Speedway and the tires fall off quickly. One of our biggest challenges will be trying to make the tires last as long as we can during a fuel run on the CertainTeed/Menards Chevrolet. With tire wear we can move around a lot on the track and have multiple racing grooves. It’s all about lane selection at Auto Club as the racing groove is constantly changing. In the beginning of a run we can typically run the bottom groove, but as the tires fall off momentum is important. The higher we can run the more momentum we can carry and we don’t have to be as aggressive with the throttle. We had a good finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, another intermediate track, so hopefully that will help us this weekend in Fontana.”



JAMIE MCMURRAY, NO. 1 BASS PRO SHOPS CHEVROLET SS – 14th IN STANDINGS:
“I am really energized about going to Auto Club Speedway this weekend.  I feel like our team is taking some positive momentum to California.  We have had a really strong car the last two races in particular and I think we can carry that into this weekend.  We will also have the familiar colors for Bass Pro Shops on the car again, so I am excited about having them on the car and seeing some of the guests at the track this weekend.”



KURT BUSCH, NO. 78 FURNITURE ROW RACING/SERTA CHEVROLET SS – 16th IN STANDINGS:

“Auto Club Speedway will test us on the drag that we have built into our cars because the straightaways are really long there. It’s a fast track, especially going into turn one over 200 miles per hour.  You definitely feel the speed there. When you’re in the center of turn one your first thought is to slow down because you’re going so fast. That's when you realize you’re covering a lot ground very quickly and the key there is not to overdrive turn one and to get the car turned, rotated and the power put down off of turn two. This Furniture Row team is coming off a solid performance in Bristol and we want to continue to build momentum with finishes that we’re capable of producing.”


KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 JIMMY JOHN’S CHEVROLET SS – 17th IN STANDINGS:
“We’ve just figured some things out there, where I want to be on the race track and the team has learned what I’m looking for in the car. To be able to go to a race track where you expect to race for the win is always fun. It seems like year after year you go to different styles of race tracks and the evolution of the car or the setups or tires change. Sometime you’re on and sometimes you’re off, but is seems like Auto Club Speedway has been a very consistent race track for us to be competitive.”

JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DRIVE TO END HUNGER CHEVROLET SS – 21st IN STANDINGS:
"We were hoping for a good point’s day at Bristol. That didn't happen but we had a strong car during the event. We'll just put that behind us and focus on Fontana. My team gave me a heck of a race car here last year. Even though it's a new car (Generation-6, Chevrolet SS), we're hoping to have that speed and handling again this weekend. But with a better qualifying effort."

TONY STEWART, NO. 14 RUSH TRUCK CENTERS/MOBIL 1 CHEVROLET SS – 24th IN STANDINGS:
“It really boiled down to Denny Hamlin and myself. We were at different times the fastest cars on the track, but I was really happy with my car. We didn’t have to adjust very much with it and felt like we had a car that had a lot of adjustability to it later in the day. Really from the drop of the green flag through the course of the race and to the part where we actually got rain, we had a dominant car. Denny had spots where he was the fastest and I think he had room to gain to close that ground. They were definitely en route to do that when the rain came, but I think it was really going to be down to the two of us for the rest of the day, regardless of the weather.”



JEFF BURTON, NO. 31 CATERPILLAR CHEVROLET SS – 25th IN STANDINGS:
“I think it is harder on the crews. In my opinion, tracks like Auto Club Speedway are why this new Gen-6 car was built. It is a slick two-mile race track. How do you make the racing more fun to watch? The decision was made to make more grip. If we leave there without seeing a better race than we have in the past, it will be disappointing. In my opinion, that race track is exactly what this car was built around.”



JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 42 TARGET CHEVROLET SS - 26th IN STANDINGS:
“California has always been one of those tracks we’ve been all over the place with. We either run really well or really bad. It’s a tricky track but it’s one I do like racing at. It’s a really wide track and you can move around. The racing is fun. After the way things have been going for the Target team I’d like to think this weekend will be our turning point. We’ve had great speed just some bad luck with a couple of races so far this season. Everything is there for us to win we just need to pull it all together.”



JJ YELEY, NO. 36 ACCELL CONSTRUCTION CHEVROLET SS – 27th IN STANDINGS:
"I am ready to head out to sunny California and get back to work. Bristol was a challenge last week but my team never gave up and that's the motto of the Tommy Baldwin Racing team. Our hard work and determination will continue, it will pay off for us in the end."



DANICA PATRICK, NO. 10 GODADDAY.COM CHEVROLET SS – 28th IN STANDINGS:
“Fontana’s pavement has not aged gracefully (laughs), so it makes for a challenging race. It’s a challenge to set up the car – the seams move the car around a lot. It’s very fast, yet you still have to get the car to rotate and it seems really tight off of (turn) two. It’s one of the tougher places to get the balance right. But if you do strike a good balance in practice, you have a chance to have a really good day on Sunday.”

DAVE BLANEY, NO. 7 SANY CHEVROLET SS – 30th IN STANDINGS:
"Heading out to California is definitely what this No. 7 SANY America team needs. Last weekend we ran into bad luck at Bristol but we're ready to move on and keep making the progress that the entire Tommy Baldwin Racing organization is capable of making. I have complete faith in my team and hopefully this weekend all of our hard work will pay off."

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