CaliConnection: How our California NASCAR and INDYCAR Drivers Fared at Pocono and Texas

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. (June 11, 2012) – Joey Logano, driver of the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota slipped by Mark Martin (No. 55 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota) in the closing laps Sunday at Pocono Raceway for his first victory since 2009 and become the first Sprint Cup driver this season to win from the pole.

Following are how our other Cali drivers fared Sunday in Pennsylvania.

Jimmie Johnson 
No. 48 Lowe’s / Kobalt Tools Chevrolet  
CaliConnection: El Cajon 
5th in points

4th PLACE FINISH:   "We had a long day, we had a lot of issues, speeding on pit road. There is a segment down there where something is just not like it normally is. I got nailed twice (for speeding on pit road), and I know a lot of other guys got nailed. There is something wrong with the timing loop, and the orange line and the way the drivers interact with that. Normally when we hit the orange line we go, and I did that the first time we got nailed. The second time I waited until the tail was over and got nailed. We'll look into it and see what happened. But either way, we still came back. We had a very fast race car, and I had a shot at the win. I got real loose in turn one, and I still rallied back from that to fourth and catch the leaders."

Kevin Harvick  
No. 29 Rheem Chevrolet   
CaliConnection: Bakersfield 6th in points

14th PLACE FINISH:  Kevin Harvick and Richard Childress Racing's No. 29 Rheem team finished 14th after overcoming a pit road penalty and battling a tight-handling condition.  "This was not the finish I was hoping for today. The Rheem crew worked hard all day, we just couldn't catch a break all week at Pocono Raceway. We may not have done as well as we would have liked, but we need to move forward and begin to focus on next week's race at Michigan (International Speedway)."

Jeff Gordon  
No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet     
CaliConnection: Vallejo 
22nd in points    

19th PLACE FINISH: Gordon qualified 12th but ended the race in 19th position.

AJ Allmendinger 
No. 22 Shell Penzoil Dodge  
CaliConnection: Los Gatos 
25th in points

31st PLACE FINISH:  In my worst nightmare, I didn’t think the season would go this bad.  You’ve got two options: you quit or you keep working harder.  I’ve been six years in this.  I’ve experienced bad stuff before in NASCAR, so I ain’t going to quit.  We’ll just keep working harder.  We’ve got to figure out how to turn it around.  It’s tough.  I definitely don’t want to be in this position, nobody does.  Everybody does better on this race team but nobody is a quitter, so we’ll just keep working hard.”

Casey Mears  
No. 13 GEICO Ford   
CaliConnection: Bakersfield 
28th in points

35th PLACE FINISH:  Mears qualified 26th and moved down nine places, finishing the race in 35th after brake issues on lap 36.

David Gilliland  
No. 38 ModSpace Motorsports Ford 
CaliConnection: Riverside 
30th in points 

23rd PLACE FINISH:  Gilliland qualified 36th, and moved up throughout the day, finishing 23rd.

Josh Wise  
No. 26 MDS Transport Ford  
CaliConnection: Riverside  
42nd in points 

Wise finished 42nd after a break issue on lap 13 put him behind the wall.

Scott Speed  
No. 79 Ford      
CaliConnection: Manteca  
48th in points

Speed did not compete in Sunday’s race.

Robby Gordon  
No. 7 Dodge    
CaliConnection: Orange 
50th in points

Gordon did not compete in Sunday’s race.

Mike Skinner  
No. 52 Toyota    
CaliConnection: Susanville 
63rd in points

Skinner did not compete in Sunday’s race.



NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Leaders:

Position, Driver, Points
1, MATT KENSETH, 523
2, DALE EARNHARDT, JR., 513 
3, GREG BIFFLE, 507
4, DENNY HAMLIN , 504
5, JIMMIE JOHNSON, 493 
6, KEVIN HARVICK , 470
7, MARTIN TRUEX, JR., 465
8, TONY STEWART, 448  
9, CLINT BOWYER, 443  
10, BRAD KESELOWSI, 426 
11, CARL EDWARDS, 423
12, KYLE BUSCH, 420

NEXT NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACE: Sunday, June 17 @ Michigan



SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. (June 11, 2012) - Justin Wilson (No. 18 Sonny’s BBQ Honda) charged from 17th on the starting grid to overtake Graham Rahal's (No. 38 Service Central Honda) mishandling car on Lap 226 of 228 to win the Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway.  It was the first IZOD IndyCar Series oval victory for Wilson, who led Rahal across the start-finish line by 3.9202 seconds. Ryan Briscoe finished third and James Hinchcliffe was fourth. All four led multiple laps in the fast and furious race.
Below is how our Golden Staters fared in Saturday’s IZOD IndyCar Series race in Texas.

JR Hildebrand 
No. 4 National Guard Panther Racing Chevrolet  
CaliConnection: Sausalito 
12th in points

5th PLACE FINISH:  "Starting from 23rd, going a lap down twice, we’re definitely happy to come home with a Top Five in the National Guard Chevy. This is a place where Panther has been good, so there’s always a little bit of an expectation that when we come in here we can work our way up to the front. The last few stints the car was super loose, but we were able to keep the speed up enough that we didn’t lose a lot of time or positions. And when the car was good we could hammer on it and catch up. We would have liked the car to be a little bit better at the end of those runs, but shoot man, we’re happy to take a finish like this tonight. I definitely think all the drivers like being able to drive the car – I was going full swings back and forth during a run to make the car work better, and that’s fun for us when you’re the one that makes it work and you can see the results. It’s still an engineering project, but as a driver it’s super nice to have a lot more input into what’s going on.”

Oriol Servia 
No. 22 Panther/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet  
CaliConnection: Santa Monica 
13th in points

20th PLACE FINISH:  “We started to have a fuel pressure alarm on the wheel and every lap was just all of a sudden getting worse.  I was running full throttle and it just wouldn’t carry any speed.  We think we have an injector problem or something, which is rare, but it happened today. I was happy with the car.  We worked very hard yesterday and it was a good race car.  We were moving forward and just after the first stop is when we started to have issues.  Already on the restart I couldn’t accelerate well.”

Charlie Kimball 
No.  83 NovoLog FlexPen Honda 
CaliConnection: Camarillo 
14th in points

23rd PLACE FINISH:  "It's disappointing.  The car was going to get better and better, especially in clean air.  I had really good pace but the No. 5 car of E.J. Viso was all over the road in front of me.  I had no idea what he was going to do for five laps in a row.  I'd go low and then he'd chop me, and I'd take off toward the fence. Then I went on the high-side that lap and coming off the corner he moved right up, I got a face full of dirty air and the thing snapped around.  It's real unfortunate for the guys because I think toward the end of the race we were going to make the car a lot better and be in good shape."

IZOD IndyCar Series Driver Leaders:

Position, Driver, Points
1, WILL POWER, 256
2, SCOTT DIXON, 220   
3, JAMES HINCHCLIFFE, 208
4, HELIO CASTRONEVES, 203  
5, SIMON PAGENAUD, 199 
6, DARIO FRANCHITTI, 192 
7, RYAN HUNTER-REAY, 181 
8, RYAN BRISCOE, 177
9, TONY KANAAN, 160
10, JUSTIN WILSON , 156

NEXT IZOD INDYCAR SERIES RACE: Saturday, June 16 @ the Milwaukee IndyFest.

 

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