Dodge Motorsports NSCS Race Advance- Brickyard 400 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway
INDIANAPOLIS – For Immediate Release
Dodge Motorsports NSCS Race Advance
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Sunday, July 24, 2010
THE DODGE BOYS
• Dodge has 207 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories.
• Dodge’s most recent win came at the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Kurt Busch led 252 laps en route to his second victory of the season.
• Dodge claimed four Sprint Cup Series victories in 2009.
• Dodge teams have posted 47 wins since the manufacturer’s return to NASCAR’s premier series in 2001 after being out of the sport since 1977.
• Dodge has posted wins each season since it’s return in 2001 including seven wins twice (2002 and 2006).
DODGE AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
• Bill Elliott won the 2002 Brickyard 400 driving the No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge. He led 93 laps en route to victory. In doing so, Elliott became the oldest winner at IMS – 46 years, 9 months and 27 days.
• Dodge has earned two poles at Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Elliott Sadler (2005) and Reed Sorenson (2007).
• Dodge NSCS Win at IMS: Bill Elliott, 8/02/2002, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 400 miles, 125.033 avg. speed.
• Last Dodge NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win: Kurt Busch, 05/30/2010, Coca-Cola 600, 144.966 mph avg. speed.
DID YOU KNOW?
• Brad Keselowski will be making his first Sprint Cup start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend.
• Sam Hornish Jr. won the 2006 Indianapolis 500 driving for Roger Penske. Penske Racing has won the Indianapolis 500 15 times.
• Kurt Bush has been inside the top-10 in driver points since the eighth race of the season at Texas (12 consecutive races). Busch has won a Sprint Cup race nine consecutive years (2002-2010).
• Busch has a career-best finish of fifth at Indianapolis which was earned in his rookie season of 2001. Busch’s career-best starting position at Indy is third which he set during the 2006 season.
KURT BUSCH FOUNDATION
The mission of the Kurt Busch Foundation is to lend meaningful support for the betterment of organizations positively involved in the areas of health care, education, career training and rehabilitation as well as provide assistance to individuals who demonstrate need in these important areas of personal development.
KURT BUSCH – INSIDE THE CHASE NUMBERS
• Busch leads all Sprint Cup drivers in laps led this season with 807 (13.91%).
• Busch is currently fifth in the Sprint Cup standings, 221 points out of first and 253 ahead of 13th.
• Through the first 19 races this year, Busch has two wins, seven top-five and 11 top-10 finishes.
• After 19 races in 2009, Busch was fourth in the point standings, 358 behind the leader and 241 ahead of 13th. He posted four top-10 finishes in the final seven races leading up to the Chase.
• Busch has 13 wins at five of the eight tracks hosting events leading up to the 10-race Chase: Pocono – 2, Michigan – 2, Bristol – 5, Atlanta –3, Richmond – 1.
DODGE BOYS NSCS 2010 BEST
• Kurt Busch
Start – Pole (Las Vegas, Michigan)
Finish – Win (Atlanta, Charlotte)
• Brad Keselowski
Start – 6th – Richmond
Finish – 12th (Martinsville, Darlington)
• Sam Hornish Jr.
Start – 2nd (Texas)
Finish – 11th (Pocono)
• Laps Led (Race)
Kurt Busch – 278 (Bristol)
• Laps Led (Total)
Kurt Busch – 807 (leads NSCS)
“If you want a unique engineering challenge, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will certainly provide it. Nowhere else do we race on a high-speed rectangle and certainly not on a two-and-a-half-mile track. The straightaways are nearly as long and the corners are nearly as flat as anywhere we race in the series. Very long straights give the drivers high speed entry into the very flat and very tight 90-degree Turn 1 and Turn 3 corners. Being able to carry enough speed into these corners and still get the car to turn will be one of the biggest challenges of the season for the teams.”
Howard Comstock, Dodge Motorsports Engineering
DODGE QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
“It’s a lot different driving a stock car at Indianapolis. The line is basically the same – you want the car to hit the same points. In Indy cars, you trim the car until you are able to run flat out. In NASCAR, you know that every lap you are going to brake in Turns 1 and 3 as well going into Turns 2 and 4. You can easily upset a stock car by doing the wrong thing.”
Sam Hornish Jr. No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger
DODGE DRIVER QUOTES
“Ever since they diamond cut the track, whatever they’ve done to the asphalt surface, I’ve struggled horribly there. Add the Car of Tomorrow and that’s twice as many struggles. Indy has definitely been a tough place for me. The first time I raced there, I got a fifth-place finish and didn’t even know what I was doing. Sometimes ignorance is bliss.”
Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Vortex Dodge Charger
“To be the first driver to win the Indy 500 and Brickyard 400 would be amazing. We just have to be sure that we position ourselves, do things the right way and make sure we get ourselves to the end of the race. I had a really, really good car there last year and I got caught up trying to go the front too quickly and took us out of contention. Patience will be at the top of my mind this weekend for sure. It would mean the world to me to win my first Cup race at Indy. You couldn’t write it any better.”
Sam Hornish Jr., No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger
“You can’t go to the Brickyard without thinking about what the track means not only NASCAR, but to auto racing in general. Being from the Midwestern section of the country myself, I always looked to the spectacle of the Indianapolis 500 and wondered what it would be like to compete there. Now we have the Brickyard 400 for stock cars and it has become one of the most prestigious races in the country as well. There are a lot of thoughts that you have when going to race at Indy and I’m excited to get there for my first race.
“It definitely gives you a sense of pride when you go to Indy as a member of Penske Racing. You look at everything Mr. Penske has been able to accomplish there in open-wheel racing. It would be one of the coolest things I could ever do in a racecar if I could get him his first win in the Brickyard 400.
Brad Keselowski, No 12 Penske Dodge Charger
Source: Dodge Motorsports