CHEVROLET ON THE TRACK—POCONO RACEWAY:
TEAM CHEVY IN THE GARAGE POCONO RACEWAY – ALBA COLON, PROGRAM MANAGER, NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES – CHEVROLET RACING:
“Congratulations to Ryan Newman, Matt Borland, Tony Stewart, Gene Haas and the entire No. 39 Quicken Loans/Smurfs 2 Chevrolet SS team members for winning their first race of the year at the famed Brickyard last Sunday. What a race; and what a way to win it! Their victory also marked the eleventh consecutive win for Team Chevy at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which is an amazing accomplishment by itself. The dedication, hard work, and passion of all our teams have contributed to Chevrolet’s heritage of racing and winning. Thanks to all our Chevrolet teams.
“Also, congratulations to Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart for the 2-3-4 finish, respectively! What a race!
“Now we head to Pocono Raceway for the second time this year. Recently, our teams were able to build their race books with valuable information that will really help us succeed this weekend. We all remember the race there in June, and this will be a good opportunity to repeat what we did right, and work on the things we need to tweak and improve.
“The unique nature of the triangular-shaped tracks is always a challenge. Pocono’s 2.5-mile configuration requires heavier use of the brakes than most big tracks. It not only puts extra wear on the brake components, but also on the engines; much like a road course.
‘We are looking forward to repeating our June performance and visiting Winner’s Circle again on Sunday.”
TEAM CHEVY FROM THE DRIVER’S SEAT:
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S PLANES CHEVROLET SS – POINTS LEADER:
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET SS – 4th IN STANDINGS:
“The first thing is you’ve got to survive the restart. The track is really fast and the thing I like about what they did at Pocono is that all the bumps are now kind of swells instead of extreme bumps. Each corner is fast. Turn 1 is a corner where you drive in and down shift. The key to Pocono is getting up off the corners and in the throttle and being able to stay in the throttle really in all three (turns).”
DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 88 NATIONAL GUARD YOUTH FOUNDATION CHEVROLET SS – 5th IN STANDINGS:
KASEY KAHNE, NO. 5 FARMERS INSURANCE CHEVROLET SS – 9th IN STANDINGS:
(ON WORKING FOR TEAM OWNER RICK HENDRICK.): “I think it starts with just how Mr. Hendrick treats people. From the top, every single person at Hendrick Motorsports, the management people, all the competition side, everybody that I work with treats everybody with respect, and that starts from Mr. H, and you don’t have that everywhere you go. He actually cares about every single person at Hendrick Motorsports. When he’s not around for a week and he’s doing other things, it’s still run the exact same way, and that’s all from him and what he puts into it and his passion he has for racing and for winning.”
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DRIVE TO END HUNGER CHEVROLET SS – 10th IN STANDINGS:
“This is a very challenging track, but I love racing here. In June, we had a fast race car but we struggled early in the run. We need to find some more speed early in the run while also having a fast car over the long runs.
“I love the fight in this team, Last year, we battled hard all day long and got into a position to battle for the win. We got a little bit of a ‘gift’ at the end to win, but we worked hard to put ourselves in a position to take advantage of any miscue. It was Alan’s (Gustafson, crew chief) birthday and he had family with him, and my family was here with me, too. It was just a special win.”
“We’ve had some fast race cars, but we just need to string together some strong finishes. It seems like every time we get some decent finishes, something happens to halt that momentum. We have six races left before the Chase, and we need to make the most of them so we can earn a spot. If you earn a spot, the points reset puts you right back in the title hunt.”
TONY STEWART, NO. 14 GODADDY CHEVROLET SS – 11th IN STANDINGS:
“It’s getting better. The good thing is that it’s lost just enough grip to where it’s making it easier to lay rubber in the race track now and a lot easier to see it. The track is in good shape. You always fight water pumping-up through the track here, so other than that it was actually pretty perfect there in June.”
KURT BUSCH, NO. 78 FURNITURE ROW RACING/DENVER MATTRESS CHEVROLET SS – 14th IN STANDINGS:
“Pocono is fun, you just get up on the wheel there because all three corners are different and they change throughout the race. I think we did really well last time at Pocono. Qualifying got rained out and we started 20th and then raced straight up to seventh immediately. Then we hit a brick wall and was stuck in seventh all race long and even finished in seventh. To break through we have to be a little better in turn three – turn three was loose in and tight off. Our Furniture Row Chevrolet wasn’t griping the racetrack the right way in turn three. We know what we did wrong and now it’s a matter of filtering what would be the best approach for the next time there. We need a strong run this weekend after a disappointing 14th place finish in Indianapolis. We’re not that far out from a Chase position, but so are a number of other teams. We need to be mistake free and find a way to seal the deal in the late stages of the race.”
JAMIE MCMURRAY, NO. 1 CESSNA CHEVROLET SS – 15th IN STANDINGS:
“I am looking forward to heading to Pocono this weekend. We had a pretty decent run there in June and I feel like we have made some gains on our cars since then. We are getting down to crunch-time to try and make the Chase so our guys are extremely focused on the task at-hand.”
RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 39 HAAS AUTOMATION 30TH ANNIVERSARY CHEVROLET SS – 16th IN STANDINGS:
“It’s one of my favorite race tracks just because it is so difficult. It’s really fun to drive. I like it because it’s challenging. Each corner is different – different radius, different banking, different bumps. Each straightaway is a different length. It just seems like it’s a driver’s racetrack and a crew chief’s racetrack because he has to get the car to the driver’s liking in all three corners. It’s all about matching up the combination of how the crew chief sets up the car relative to how the driver drives the racecar to make a happy package and have a shot at victory. It’s fun to have unique situations and unique racetracks. We look forward to going to Pocono each and every time.”
PAUL MENARD, NO. 27 TARKETT/MENARDS CHEVROLET SS – 19th IN STANDINGS:
“I enjoy going to Pocono Raceway. It is a challenging and distinctive track. We are used to having four corners almost every weekend and only having three at Pocono changes things up. All the corners are very unique, so you have to approach each one differently. Pocono also has very long straightaways, so we carry a lot of speed going into the corners. We had a decent Menards Chevrolet their earlier in the year, but had some bad luck with a tire going down on the last lap. We tested at Pocono earlier in the season and we learned a lot. We’ll use some of that data and apply it to this weekend’s Tarkett/Menards Chevrolet and hopefully have a great handling car on Sunday.”
JEFF BURTON, NO. 31 FXI GUTTER CLEAR365 CHEVROLET SS – 20th IN STANDINGS:
“I feel good about going back to Pocono (Raceway). We ran well there in June, but didn’t finish as high as we should have. I feel like we can build on that with these Gen-6 cars. We can also apply some stuff we learned last weekend at Indianapolis (Motor Speedway). Not a lot of information because of the mechanical issue, but a little bit more now that Pocono has a smoother surface. Pocono is a fun race track and one of the hardest on the schedule even after the repave. You have to be aggressive there and drive really hard.”
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 42 TARGET CHEVROLET SS – 23rd IN STANDINGS:
“It’s hard to believe we’re getting ready to head back to Pocono already. I’m hoping the Target team can have a better result than the last time we were there. We finished in the top-15 but felt like we had a better car than the result. This is a track I enjoy racing at and we’d like to keep our momentum going from last week at Indy.”
DANICA PATRICK, NO. 10 GODADDY CHEVROLET SS – 26th IN STANDINGS:
“It’s a neat place, definitely a unique track. It was helpful to test there before the last race, especially since Friday practice was rained out during the race weekend. It’s good to go to these places a second and third time. It’s just part of the learning process. I feel more comfortable going there this time than last time and I’m sure I’ll feel even more comfortable next year. Going to these tracks a second and third time helps.”