California Connection: How our California NASCAR and INDYCAR Drivers Fared at Sonoma and Iowa

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. Below is a roundup of how each California driver fared at their respective races this weekend.

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. (June 24, 2013) – With a convincing victory in Sunday’s Toyota Save Mart 350, Martin Truex, Jr. (No. 56 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota) ended a winless streak of 218 races dating to June 4, 2007 at Dover International Speedway.  Truex beat second-place Californian Jeff Gordon by 8.133 seconds, as Juan Pablo Montoya (No. 42 Target Chevrolet) dropped from the second position after running out of fuel on the next-to-last lap.

Below is how our California NASCAR drivers fared in Sonoma.

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

9th PLACE FINISH:   “I’m happy we kept the points lead. I wish we could have contended for the win there at the end, but it’s always a good day when you come out with a top-10 finish at this track.”

Kevin Harvick
No. 29 Rheem Chevrolet
CaliConnection: Bakersfield
4th in points

10th PLACE FINISH:  ""This wasn't the finish we were looking for today, but the Rheem team did a great job getting us into the position we needed to be at the end to collect a solid finish." 

Jeff Gordon
No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet  
CaliConnection: Vallejo
13th in points

2nd PLACE FINISH:  “We had a pretty decent car there at the beginning.  It didn't take off real good and we lost a couple spots, then we started gaining them back.  We were in the top 10, and the rain was coming in and out, and we were going to try to make a three stop race out of it and try to keep fresher tires, which we still ended up, I guess, doing that.  But we were trying to beat that caution and just missed it by a split second.  Right as I committed to come to pit road I saw the red light come up, and I knew that that was going to cost us a lot.

Casey Mears
No. 13 GEICO Ford
CaliConnection: Bakersfield
24th in points

16th PLACE FINISH:  “It was a solid weekend for us.  We definitely showed some improvement.  We were third in the first practice and 12th in the second.  We got loose in qualifying and had a solid day today, so I’m just happy with our progress.  We’re not there yet.  The good guys could put the throttle down a little bit harder through the high-speed stuff, so we need to work on that, but I’m proud of what we’re doing.  If we just keep being solid week in and week out, we’ll have a solid year in the points.”

David Gilliland 
No. 38 Long John Silver’s Ford
CaliConnection: Riverside
28th in points

24th PLACE FINISH:   Gilliland was able to move up five spots on the day.

AJ Allmendinger 
CaliConnection: Los Gatos
36th in points

Allmendinger did not compete in Sunday’s race.

Scott Speed
CaliConnection: Manteca 
39th in points

Speed did not compete in Sunday’s race.

Boris Said 
No. 32 Hendrickcars.com Ford
CaliConnection: Carlsbad
43rd in points

18th PLACE FINISH:   Said qualified 24th and was able to move up 6 spots, finishing the race in 18th.

Tomy Drissi
No. 87 TheWolverineMovie.com Toyota
CaliConnection: Hollywood
48th in points

38th PLACE FINISH:  Considered to be a “road course ringer” this Hollywood, Calif. native finished the race two laps down in 38th place.

Josh Wise
No. 35 MDS Transport Ford
CaliConnection: Riverside
57th in points

32nd PLACE FINISH:  The Riverside native was only able to move up three spots on the day.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Leaders:

Position, Driver, Points
1, JIMMIE JOHNSON, 573
2, CARL EDWARDS, 548
3, CLINT BOWYER, 528
4, KEVIN HARVICK, 510
5, MATT KENSETH, 481
6, GREG BIFFLE, 479
7, DALE EARNHARDT JR., 479 
8, KYLE BUSCH, 461
9, BRAD KESELOWSKI, 454
10, MARTIN TRUEX JR., 453
11, KASEY KAHNE, 445
12, PAUL MENARD, 445

NEXT NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACE: Saturday, June 29 @ Kentucky.

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SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, Calif. (June 24, 2013) – James Hinchcliffe, who led 33 total laps on ovals in his previous two IZOD IndyCar Series seasons, led all but 24 to dominate the Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by DEKALB at Iowa Speedway.

The Toronto native, driving the No. 27 GoDaddy Chevrolet, earned his first victory on an oval. He's the only three-time winner this season and seventh different winner through 10 of 19 races. This time he led Ryan Hunter-Reay across the finish line by 1.509 seconds for the second consecutive Andretti Autosport 1-2 sweep on the .875-mile oval.

Below is how our INDYCAR drivers with a California connection fared at Iowa.

Ryan Hunter-Reay
No. 1 DHL Chevrolet
CaliConnection: Dana Point
2nd in points

2nd PLACE FINISH:  “It was so hard to catch back up to James (Hinchcliffe) and then lapped traffic.  It’s one thing if you’re a lap down but if you’re five laps down or six laps down just making it tough on the leaders was uncalled for.  But hey, we can back from 22nd or whatever we were to finish second.  Definitely had the car to win today but just made a mistake there trying to get by Graham (Rahal), keeping my foot in it. The front just had no grip on it when I turned to pop out and pass him.  Easy mistake.  We had a tough weekend.  To come second out of this thing, I’m pretty please with that.  Good job to James (Hinchcliffe).  It was a good day in the point for the No. 1 DHL Chevy. Definitely have to be happy about that.”

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

12th PLACE FINISH:  “Overall, today was pretty good for the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen car.  The Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing crew did a great job all day in the pits, and made the car better every stop, so that the last half of the race I was able to really go racing.  It felt good.  We were able to make up some spots and just keep making the car better along the way.  We were able to build some momentum today and come out of this race smarter so we’ll be ready to carry that momentum to Pocono.”

Oriol Servia
No. 4 National Guard
Panther Racing Chevrolet
CaliConnection: Santa Monica
19th in points

7th PLACE FINISH:  “The National Guard Chevy was great all day. This is the first time I can remember that I didn’t ask for a single change to the car for an entire race. It was the restarts today that cost us; the best restart I had the No. 55 car almost spun in front of me and I had to check up. But I felt like we were faster than a lot of the guys around us all day today. To be honest, seeing that I was seventh at the end was a surprise because I felt like we were much higher than that, but a big thanks to the team and the National Guard for such a great car today.”

AJ Allmendinger 
CaliConnection: Los Gatos

Allmendinger did not compete in Sunday’s INDYCAR race.

IZOD IndyCar Series Driver Leaders:

Position, Driver, Points
1, HELIO CASTRONEVES, 332
2, RYAN HUNTER-REAY, 323
3, MARCO ANDRETTI, 277
4, JAMES HINCHCLIFFE, 266
5, TONY KANAAN, 253
6, SIMON PAGENAUD, 241
7, SCOTT DIXON, 240
8, TAKUMA SATO, 233
9, JUSTIN WILSON, 227
10, WILL POWER, 209

  
NEXT IZOD INDYCAR SERIES RACE: Sunday, July 7 @ Pocono (The second leg of the Fuzzy’s Triple Crown).

 
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