CaliConnection: How our California NASCAR and INDYCAR Drivers Fared at Daytona and Toronto

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. (July 9, 2012) – Tony Stewart (No. 14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet) grabbed his fourth Coke Zero 400 victory at Daytona International Speedway Saturday night, starting in 42nd position and ending with a stirring, last-lap pass that delivered his third win of 2012, tying three-time and reigning Sprint Cup champion Stewart with Brad Keselowski for the most victories this season.

Below is how our California NASCAR drivers fared Saturday night.

Jimmie Johnson 
No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet      
CaliConnection: El Cajon 
4th in points

36th PLACE FINISH:  Johnson was involved in a multi-car crash on lap 123.  "My plate record is not looking too good this year. I hope to get all this bad luck out of the way so that when we come back in the Chase, we can have a good finish. But its (restrictor) plate racing. I show up every time and know what can happen. Unfortunately it does usually happen to me.”

Kevin Harvick  
No. 29 Budweiser Folds of Honor Chevrolet 
CaliConnection: Bakersfield 
6th in points

23rd PLACE FINISH:  "It was another tough night for the Budweiser Folds of Honor team. We did our best to stay out of the trouble during the race, but fell victim to superspeedway racing at the end. We will regroup and focus on the race next weekend at New Hampshire (Motor Speedway)."

Jeff Gordon  
No. 24 PepsiMax Chevrolet     
CaliConnection: Vallejo 
17th in points    

12th PLACE FINISH:  “If you put everything into perspective, there were moments tonight when I felt like we had a car that could win and we were close to being in a position for that. And then when that wreck happened when we were trying to come to pit road, that just changed our night a bit. Not only did it tear up the race car, but it cost us track position, which was very very difficult to make up.”

AJ Allmendinger 
No. 22 Shell Penzoil Dodge  
CaliConnection: Los Gatos 
23rd in points

Allmendinger was temporarily suspended from NASCAR competition after failing a random drug test.    He has until Tuesday to request that his “B” sample be tested. The No. 22 Shell Penzoil Dodge was driven by Sam Hornish, Jr., who finished 33rd.

Casey Mears  
No. 13 GEICO Ford   
CaliConnection: Bakersfield 
27th in points

18th PLACE FINISH:  Qualifying 7th, the Bakersfield native finished 18th for the second straight week.

David Gilliland  
No. 38 Glory Foods Ford  
CaliConnection: Riverside 
30th in points 

31st PLACE FINISH:  Starting 32nd, Gilliland was only able to move up one spot on the day, ending the day in 31st position. 

Josh Wise  
No. 26 MDS Transport Ford  
CaliConnection: Riverside  
41st in points 

38th PLACE FINISH:  The Sonoco Rookie of the Year Contender finished 38, facing transmission problems 47 laps into the event.

Scott Speed  
No. 79 Ford      
CaliConnection: Manteca  
46th in points

Speed did not compete in Saturday’s event.

Mike Skinner  
No. 52 Toyota    
CaliConnection: Susanville 
68th in points

Skinner did not compete in Saturday’s race.



NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Leaders:

Position, Driver, Points
1, MATT KENSETH, 676
2, DALE EARNHARDT, JR., 651 
3, GREG BIFFLE, 632
4, JIMMIE JOHNSON, 618 
5, TONY STEWART, 592  
6, KEVIN HARVICK , 586
7, DENNY HAMLIN, 584
8, MARTIN TRUEX, JR., 584
9, BRAD KESELOWSKI, 573 
10, CLINT BOWYER, 572  
11, CARL EDWARDS, 541
12, KYLE BUSCH, 516

NEXT NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACE: Sunday, July 15 @ New Hampshire

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SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. (July 9, 2012) – For the second time this season, a Chevrolet INDYCAR V-6 driver scored his third consecutive win in the IZOD IndyCar Series. Ryan Hunter-Reay extended his winning streak from the ovals of Milwaukee and Iowa by taking the victory in the Honda Indy Toronto on the Streets of Toronto.

Below is how our California INDYCAR drivers fared on Sunday.

Oriol Servia 
No. 22 Panther/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet  
CaliConnection: Santa Monica 
10th in points

5th PLACE FINISH:  The race finished under yellow and Servia brought the No. 22 Valspar machine home in 5th position.  "This Sunday wasn't the most spectacular day for the Panther/DRR 22 Valspar machine.  We took a little bit of a gamble with the setup before the start and it just wasn't working. Honestly, we just didn't have the speed.  I felt a lot better in the practices, but not during the race.  We just didn't have the pace during the race.  Dennis had a great strategy.  We were able to stay out of trouble.  There were a lot of drivers that were not driving that smart out there.  It was just a matter of keeping our nose clean and letting them make the mistakes.  We'll take the fifth place."

JR Hildebrand 
No. 4 National Guard Panther Racing Chevrolet
CaliConnection: Sausalito 
14th in points

7th PLACE FINISH:  “For me the biggest takeaway is that we got to the point where we had a good car in the race. Today it was nice to be able to lean on Oriol a little bit (on the setup) and last year when we finished well here it was about just not crashing into people that put us in the Top Ten, whereas I think honestly if we had caught the first yellow on the right side we could have had a podium finish.”

 
Charlie Kimball 
No.  83 NovoRapid FlexTouch Honda 
CaliConnection: Camarillo 
12th in points

2nd PLACE FINISH:  "I know that there were only 25 of us out there, but the amount of times I passed people there felt like there were about 50 cars, so a lot of credit to the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing crew, the 83.  I don't know about everybody in the stands, but I sure had a lot of fun in the cockpit. And I can't wait to get back, not only here next year, but in Edmonton in two weeks."

IZOD IndyCar Series Driver Leaders:

Position, Driver, Points
1, RYAN HUNTER-REAY, 335 
2, WILL POWER, 301
3, HELIO CASTRONEVES, 289  
4, SCOTT DIXON, 281   
5, JAMES HINCHCLIFFE, 268
6, TONY KANAAN, 267
7, SIMON PAGENAUD, 264 
8, DARIO FRANCHITTI, 230 
9, RYAN BRISCOE, 217
10, ORIOL SERIVIA , 215

NEXT IZOD INDYCAR SERIES RACE: Sunday, July 22 @ The Streets of Edmonton.

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