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.
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.”
No. 29 Rheem Chevrolet
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."
No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet
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.
No. 13 GEICO Ford
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.”
No. 38 Long John Silver’s Ford
28th in points
24th PLACE FINISH: Gilliland was able to move up five spots on the day.
CaliConnection: Los Gatos
36th in points
Allmendinger did not compete in Sunday’s race.
39th in points
Speed did not compete in Sunday’s race.
No. 32 Hendrickcars.com Ford
43rd in points
18th PLACE FINISH: Said qualified 24th and was able to move up 6 spots, finishing the race in 18th.
No. 87 TheWolverineMovie.com Toyota
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.
No. 35 MDS Transport Ford
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.
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.
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.”
No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Honda
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.”
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.”
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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