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NASCAR: Team Chevy – Drivers’ Pre-Race Notes & Quotes at Chicagoland

CHEVROLET ON THE TRACK—CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY:

  • Chevrolet drivers have won eight (8) of 12 races at Chicagoland Speedway. Victories by current Team Chevy drivers are:
    • Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet SS, has two (2) wins at Chicagoland Speedway (’01 & ‘02)
    • Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet SS, has one (1) victory at Chicagoland Speedway (’05)
    • Jeff Gordon, No. 24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet SS, has visited Victory Lane at Chicagoland Speedway once (1) (’06)
    • Mark Martin, Interim driver of the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet SS, has one (1) win at Chicagoland Speedway (’09)
    • Ryan Newman, No. 39 Quicken Loans Chevrolet SS, has one (1) trophy from Chicagoland Speedway (’03)
  • A Chevrolet driver has won six (6) of the last 10 races at Chicagoland Speedway
  • A Chevrolet driver has sat on the pole at Chicagoland Speedway seven (7) times
  • Team Chevy drivers have scored 37 top-five and 65 top-10 finishes at Chicagoland Speedway
  • A Chevrolet has led 1,890 laps (59.0% of possible 3,207 laps) at Richmond International Raceway

TEAM CHEVY IN THE GARAGE CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY – PAT SUHY, MANAGER, CHEVROLET RACING – NASCAR GROUP MANAGER:
“Congratulations to all of our Team Chevy drivers who made the Chase!  The bowtie will be well represented by six of the best drivers in the world when the Sprint Cup Series hits the track for Chase Race No. 1 on Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway.  With the reset points and the unpredictability that we’ve seen this year, it’s anybody’s race, and anybody’s Chase, to win.  Preparations for this 10-race run for the title began many weeks ago for teams that thought they had a chance of “being in”, by building new cars and fresh engines and working to fill-in any performance gaps.

“Specific to Sunday, Chicagoland Speedway has been good to Chevrolet drivers who have amassed eight wins in the 12 Cup races that have run there.  But just like in the stock market, past performance isn’t a guarantee of future wins.  Technology keeps moving forward, and the development of better and faster Chevrolet SS race cars continues at an amazing pace.  Using every tool in our collective toolboxes, our teams’ engineering departments and Chevrolet’s NASCAR engineers continue to improve existing technologies and find new ones that make the cars better and better.  And we do it at a pace that keeps us ahead of the competition.

 

“If that trend continues, another win at Chicago isn’t hard to imagine; nor is the possibility that we will be able to celebrate our 29th Driver’s championship and 37th Manufacturers’ Cup at the year-end banquet in December.  I wouldn’t bet against Team Chevy.”

 

TEAM CHEVY FROM THE DRIVER’S SEAT: 
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S CHEVROLET SS – 2nd IN STANDINGS: 
“We have been close so many times at Chicago. We always run well there. I don’t know what it is. We just haven’t gotten the win there. I think it’s one of five tracks we haven’t won at. It’s got a little more significance for us too since Chad (Knaus, crew chief) is from the area. We really want to get a win for him. Like I said, we’ve been close. Hopefully, we can seal the deal this weekend. It would obviously be a great way to start the Chase.”

KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 BUDWEISER DESIGNATE A DRIVER CHEVROLET SS – 4th IN STANDINGS:
“I really like tracks like Chicagoland where the surface is a little bit worn out, because it makes for better racing. We were fortunate to win the first couple of races here, so Chicagoland has always been a really good race track for us as far as fans and following, too. DeLana and I always enjoy coming in early for the Chase kick off, going into the city and having a couple of low key days before the weekend gets started.”


DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 88 TIME WARNER CABLE CHEVROLET SS – 9th IN STANDINGS:
 “We are pretty excited to be in the Chase. I’m real confident in our ability to perform well enough in these 10 races. We’re going to work real hard, and I think we’ve got as good a shot as anybody, so we’re going to go in there with a good attitude and work real hard and see what we get. It all starts at Chicago, and I’m looking forward to getting in the car and seeing what we’ve got.”

KURT BUSCH, NO. 78 FURNITURE ROW RACING/SERTA CHEVROLET SS – 10th IN STANDINGS:
“My fondness for Chicago has been well documented over the years. It is indeed my kind of town.  I’m a diehard Chicago sports fans — have always loved the Cubs and the Bears in both good and bad times.  I am hoping my fondness for Chicago will rub off at Chicagoland Speedway and I’ll have a breakthrough race there on Sunday afternoon. I have had six top-10’s there (in 12 starts), but not a win or even a top-five. It’s time to change that.  For us to do well in the Chase we have to master the 1.5-mile tracks like Chicagoland since there are five of these mile-and-a-half tracks in the Chase. This single-car, Furniture Row Racing team continues to grab traction and move the needle forward. We have a good 10 weeks ahead of us and have some muscle to flex. It’s a great feeling to make the Chase and be here with the big dogs as we compete for the Sprint Cup championship. We made history by becoming the first single-car team to make the Chase and now we’re in position to become the first single-car team to win the championship since 1992 when Alan Kulwicki captured the title.”

 

KASEY KAHNE, NO. 5 FARMERS INSURANCE CHEVROLET SS – 11th IN STANDINGS:
(ON THE TEAM’S CHANCE TO WIN THE 2013 CHAMPIONSHIP.): “I would say the majority of the season we’ve had as much speed as anybody, and if we can put that together for nine or 10 of these next 10 races, we’ll definitely have a shot.”

RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 39 QUICKEN LOANS CHEVROLET SS – 12th IN STANDINGS:
“Even though it’s a ‘cookie cutter’ racetrack, I look forward to it because of the 18-degree banking and the fact that it is kind of unique. Chicago is really a big circle. It’s always a track that has been rewarding if you are good in the corners because even the back straightaway has a kink in it. You have to carry a lot of momentum there. I always say I’m a fan of the banked racetracks and this is another track I have enjoyed racing, and it’s a track that has gotten better each year we’ve gone there.”

JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DRIVE TO END HUNGER CHEVROLET SS – 13th IN STANDINGS:
“We’ve had some good runs here recently, but this is the first time we will have raced the new Chevy SS here. We’re learning more and more about the car each and every week, and I think we have made gains in our intermediate track program as the season has progressed. We’re hoping to take another big step forward this weekend.

 

“We battled hard all race and all weekend long at Richmond, but we came up a few points short, but the effort and never quit attitude is what I love about this race team. We’re going to continue with that attitude through each of the final 10 races. We haven’t had the year this team is capable of, and that’s where our focus will be. We’re going into these next 10 races trying to step it up, be more competitive and hopefully get a win or two.”
JAMIE MCMURRAY, NO. 1 MCDONALD’S CHEVROLET SS – 14th IN STANDINGS:
“I like going to Chicagoland Speedway.  We have had some good qualifying results and decent runs there, we just need to piece together a complete weekend.  We are coming off of a strong performance Saturday night in Richmond, hopefully we can continue that and try to get a win for our team in one of these last 10 races Chicago is also a big weekend for us being that it is the headquarters for McDonald’s, so we will have an opportunity to see a lot of the folks from their headquarters.”

PAUL MENARD, NO. 27 QUAKER STATE/MENARDS CHEVROLET SS – 16th IN STANDINGS:

“Chicagoland Speedway is one of the newest facilities on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule. Over the past couple of years the racing groove has widened, which allows for more passing opportunities. The backstretch there is slightly curved, but it doesn’t affect the car too much. Because of the curve, you’ve got to slightly turn the car left going down the straightaway. It’s a fun track and a fast track. We’ve had some good runs the past couple of weeks and hopefully that continues this weekend in Chicago.”

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 42 TARGET/KRAFT CHEVROLET SS – 19th IN STANDINGS:

“To be honest with you, we haven’t had very much luck at Chicago. There’s a lot of long green flag runs there and when the handling is off it can be a nightmare. I think my best finish there is 10th. The Target team has come a long way this year and our cars have been fast so I think we’ll be good this weekend as long as we can get our hands around the handling right away.”

JEFF BURTON, NO. 31 CATERPILLAR CHEVROLET SS – 22nd IN STANDINGS:

“Chicagoland Speedway is one of the newest facilities we race on. It has really come into its own recently. Chicagoland is a fun and challenging race track. While it might look like a normal 1.5-mile layout, it is different in many ways. Both ends of the track are complete opposite as far as handling goes. Chicagoland also requires really good grip and there are some bumps that you have to factor in with the setup.”

DANICA PATRICK, NO. 10 GODADDY CHEVROLET SS – 27th IN STANDINGS:
“I’ve always loved going to Chicago. I love the city – it’s just a great place. There’s so much to do and the restaurants, the shopping – it’s just a world-class city. I think the race will be good. It’s a busy week for us testing out in Phoenix for Goodyear on Tuesday and Wednesday and then heading to Chicagoland. I’ve always liked the track and we’ve been getting better at the intermediate tracks in recent weeks, especially in qualifying. So, I’m looking forward to it.”

 

MARK MARTIN, NO. 14 MOBIL 1/BASS PRO SHOPS CHEVROLET SS – INTERIM DRIVER FOR THE INJURED TONY STEWART:
“I look forward to Chicagoland because I feel I continue to get more comfortable in my environment with the No. 14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops team and I feel like we’re starting to hit a stride where we can start getting some good results. It’s starting to feel like home to me. And I like the mile-and-a-halves. They’re really my favorite racetracks.”

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