California Connection: How our California NASCAR and INDYCAR Drivers Fared at Dover and Belle Isle Park

Several NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and IZOD IndyCar Series drivers have California connections, including 5-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson who hails from El Cajon.

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. (June 3, 2013) – Tony Stewart, crew chief Steve Addington and the entire Code 3 Associates/Mobil 1 pit crew of for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) put the No. 14 Chevrolet in position to win and Stewart, the three-time Sprint Cup champion, made a late-race pass and never looked back until he took the checkered flag for his long-awaited first victory of the season at the FedEx 400 benefitting Autism Speaks.

Below is how our California drivers fared in Dover.

Jimmie Johnson
No. 48 Lowe’s /Monster University Chevrolet
CaliConnection: El Cajon
1st in points

17th PLACE FINISH:    Johnson was penalized for a restart infraction late in the race, dropping him back in the field.  “A bummer way to lose a race. We certainly had the winning car. Would have loved to have this Monsters University Chevrolet in Victory Lane today, but we’ll have to come back and do it in the fall.”

Kevin Harvick
No. 29 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet
CaliConnection: Bakersfield
5th in points

8th PLACE FINISH:  "Our Jimmy John’s Chevy was good one run, really loose one run and really tight the next run.  At the end we were just loose and tight.  Then the run before on two tires really loose.  We hung in there and got a solid top-10.”

Jeff Gordon
No. 24 AARP Credit Cards from Chase Chevrolet  
CaliConnection: Vallejo
11th in points

3rd PLACE FINISH:  “Today was a great race for us, just because we were sitting there 12th, 13th, 14th, and we stay out and all of a sudden, here we are third.  So that's a great lesson for us to learn when we go to other tracks, as well.”

Casey Mears
No. 13 GEICO Ford
CaliConnection: Bakersfield
25th in points

16th PLACE FINISH:  Mears was only able to move up one spot on the day.

David Gilliland
No. 38 Long John Silver’s Ford
CaliConnection: Riverside
30th in points

37th PLACE FINISH:   An accident put Gilliland out on lap 296, dropping him to 37th position.

AJ Allmendinger 
CaliConnection: Los Gatos
36th in points

Allmendinger did not compete in Sunday’s NASCAR race.

Scott Speed
CaliConnection: Manteca
38th in points

Speed did not compete in Sunday’s race.

Josh Wise
No. 35 MDS Transport Ford
CaliConnection: Riverside
48th in points

25th PLACE FINISH:  The Riverside native was able to move up 16 spots on the day.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Leaders:

Position, Driver, Points
1, JIMMIE JOHNSON, 473
2, CARL EDWARDS, 443
3, CLINT BOWYER, 423
4, MATT KENSETH, 399
5, KEVIN HARVICK, 399
6, DALE EARNHARDT JR., 398
7, KASEY KAHNE, 392 
8, BRAD KESELOWSKI, 375
9, KYLE BUSCH, 374
10, PAUL MENARD, 371
11, JEFF GORDON, 361
12, ARIC ALMIROLA, 354

NEXT NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACE: Sunday, June 9 @ Pocono.

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SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. (June 3, 2013) – Simon Pagenaud became the sixth different winner in seven IZOD IndyCar Series races when he drove the No. 77 Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports car to a 5.6-second victory in the second race of the Chevrolet Indy Dual at Belle Isle Park in Detroit on Sunday.

In Race 1 on Saturday, Mike Conway, who started second  in the Honda-powered No. 18 Sonny's car for Dale Coyne Racing, overtook Ryan Hunter-Reay for the lead on Lap 44 of 70 on the 2.35-mile, 13-turn street circuit, built a 20-second gap leading into the final round of pit stops and went on to a commanding victory.

Below is how our INDYCAR drivers fared at Belle Isle Park in Detroit.

Ryan Hunter-Reay
No.  1 DHL Andretti Autosport Chevrolet
CaliConnection: Dana Point
6th in points

Race One, 2nd PLACE FINISH.
Race Two, 18th PLACE FINISH.
After his second place finish in Race One, Hunter-Reay shared that “The track was constantly changing all day because it was so green to start with. As we got going, it was like a motocross track. Every lap was different. The grip was changing which altered the balance of the car. It was fun in a way as we tried to stay on top of it. We lost the race on the middle stint when we went to alternate tires. I’m not sure why or what’s happening. We’re just beating up our rear tires more than others. I know some of the other guys really struggled on alternates but when Conway went black-black-red and we went black-red-black. I was catching him two seconds a lap at the end but it wasn’t enough. It’s tough, I’ll tell you. But what a weekend for Conway to show up. Congratulations to him. I really wanted to win it for Chevy today and I’m bummed we couldn’t do it.”

Charlie Kimball
No.  83 NovoLog FlexPen Honda
CaliConnection: Camarillo
10th in points

Race One, 10th PLACE FINISH.
Race Two, 7th PLACE FINISH.
After Race Two, Kimball blogged: “A good day! What a great job by the No. 83 guys in the pits. They ran two solid pit stops and I couldn’t have asked for more. They played the strategy dead-right as far as I was concerned. The communication was really good and they let me know what I needed to do through the restarts. The Novo Nordisk car has been producing all weekend. We’ve had so little track time that we were able to take the experience from yesterday’s race and put it into a top-10 for today’s race. I’m looking forward to going to Texas, Milwaukee and Iowa. Coming off the car and the race we had in Indy, I think it will show really well.”

Oriol Servia
No. 22 Valspar Panther Chevrolet
CaliConnection: Santa Monica

Oriol Servia did not compete in the Chevrolet Indy Duel at Belle Isle Park in Detroit.

AJ Allmendinger 
No. 2 IZOD Team Penske Chevrolet 
CaliConnection: Los Gatos
26th in points

Race One, 25th PLACE FINISH. 
Race Two, 25th PLACE FINISH.
After Race One, Allmendinger said “The Quicken Loans Chevrolet was in a tight pack on the start and as it got crowded in the turn I made contact with Scott (Dixon) and unfortunately couldn’t recover from there. It is obviously very frustrating because my guys had given me a great car and with this being Quicken Loans’ race I really wanted to put on a great performance for them. Luckily we have another opportunity tomorrow to get a great result and I am determined to give all that I have to get us competing up at the front.”

IZOD IndyCar Series Driver Leaders:

Position, Driver, Points
1, HELIO CASTRONEVES, 206
2, MARCO ANDRETTI, 206
3, RYAN HUNTER-REAY, 191
4, SCOTT DIXON, 186
5,SIMON PAGENAUD, 177
6, TAKUMA SATO, 169
7, JUSTIN WILSON, 169
8, TONY KANAAN, 160
9, JAMES HINCHCLIFFE, 154
10, CHARLIE KIMBALL, 149
  
NEXT IZOD INDYCAR SERIES RACE: Saturday, June 8 @ Texas Motor Speedway

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