No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet
Event Preview Fact Sheet
Event/Date: Missouri – Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 – July 19, 2008
Venue: Gateway International Raceway – Madison, Ill.
Scott Wimmer’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Performance History
at Gateway International Raceway
· This Week’s Holiday Inn Chevrolet at Gateway International Raceway … Scott Wimmer will pilot Chassis No. 037 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable. Built new in 2005, Clint Bowyer unveiled this chassis at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In 2006, Jeff Burton drove this chassis to Victory Lane at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Also, Burton raced this Holiday Inn Chevy to an eighth-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in November. After receiving all the required 2008 updates, Wimmer raced this Holiday Inn Chevy to a sixth-place finish at The Milwaukee Mile.
· Still in the Hunt … Based on Burton’s eighth-place finish last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway, RCR’s No. 29 team maintained the third position in the NNS owners’ championship point standings and sits 368 markers out of the top spot. At the same time last year, the No. 29 team was 206 points behind the point leader and, after the Homestead finale, ended up 255 points ahead of the closest competition, proving that the No. 29 is still in the hunt to defend the Nationwide Series owners’ championship.
· St. Louis Stats … Wimmer has one top-five and four top-10 finishes in five starts at Gateway. The 32-year-old driver has a 15.8 starting average coupled with a 9.4 finishing average and has completed an impressive 99.9 percent (999 of 1,000) of laps contested.
· Speed Racer … In 2007, Wimmer scorched the 1.25-mile egg-shaped Gateway oval in 33.246 seconds (135.355 mph), setting a new track record and capturing his first-career NNS pole position.
· Wimmer in the Arch (or Loop) …
o Law of Averages … According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, the Wausau, Wis., native has an Average Running Position of 4.8 at Gateway. The ARP is derived from taking the sum of a driver’s position on each lap and dividing it by the number of laps run in each race.
o Laps in the Top 15 … Meanwhile, the six-time NNS winner has spent 96.8 percent (384 of 400) of laps contested running in the top 15 over the past three races at Gateway.
o How do you Rate? … He is third in the Driver Rating at Gateway (120.3). The Driver Rating is a formula that combines the following categories: wins, top-15 finishes, average running position while on the lead lap, average speed under green, fastest lap, most laps led and lead-lap finishes. The maximum points a driver can earn in each race is 150 points. The Driver Rating number is used pre-race as a prediction tool and post-race as a performance evaluator.
· Ready to Run … Wimmer has been running at the end of every race he’s competed in dating back to Phoenix in November 2006, a streak of 36 races without a DNF (did not finish).
· RCR in the Gateway City … In 16 starts at GIR, RCR-prepared Nationwide Series entries have earned two wins (Kevin Harvick 2000-2001), one pole (Wimmer 2007), five top-five and nine top-10 finishes with five different drivers including Bowyer, Harvick, Brandon Miller, Johnny Sauter and Wimmer. Meanwhile, RCR cars have led 358 laps and earned just shy of $600,000 in purse money.
· 2008 RCR Nationwide Report … In 49 Nationwide Series starts this season, RCR has claimed two victories (Bowyer-Bristol and Wimmer-Nashville), 13 top-five and 34 top-10 finishes with five different drivers including Bowyer, Burton, Bobby Labonte, Stephen Leicht and Wimmer. Additionally, the three RCR Nationwide teams (Nos. 2, 21 and 29) have led a total of 446 laps this season.
· Remembering a Hero … RCR’s Nos. 2 and 29 will carry a special decal this weekend in remembrance of Roger C. Kreutz. Kreutz, the co-owner of the Holiday Inn Southwest in St. Louis, was killed in a tragic accident on March 5, 2008 while trying to stop two youths stealing a tip jar from a local coffee shop in Crestwood, Mo. He sustained life-threatening injuries after following them to the parking lot in an attempt to retrieve the stolen money and passed away two days later. Kreutz was 54 years old and had been in the hotel business for 36 years. Donations may be made to the Roger C. Kreutz Charitable Foundation, 10709 Watson Road, St. Louis, Mo. 63127.
· Design the Holiday Inn Racing Chevy … The Holiday Inn Family of Brands -- Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express -- will rev up race fans' creativity with the launch of its third annual online "Design a Car" contest. Through August 22, 2008, consumers can log on to http://www.holidayinn.com/designacar to design a new paint scheme for RCR’s No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS and submit their design for judging. Wimmer and Burton will select the top-three designs and then invite the fans to select the winning paint scheme. The winning design will be featured on Wimmer's car at a NASCAR Nationwide Series race in November. The winner of this year's "Design a Car" contest will also receive a trip for two to the race with V.I.P. treatment that includes a meeting with Wimmer.
· Saturday Night’s Alright … The Missouri – Illinois Dodge Dealers 250 at Gateway International Raceway will be televised live on ESPN2 on Saturday, July 19 beginning at 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The race will also broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius Satellite Radio. Qualifying for the 21st of 35 races on the 2008 Nationwide Series calendar will be televised live on ESPN2 the same day at 5 p.m. EDT.
SCOTT WIMMER QUOTES:
Does experience help at Gateway?
“Experience helps a lot because we only go to Gateway once a year and not a lot of teams test there. It really isn’t like any other place that we go to. Any time you can spend running there helps. I ran an ASA race there back in 2000 for the first time and felt comfortable. Laps definitely help there probably more than any other track.”
What does it take to be successful at Gateway?
“You have to have a car that handles well. Both turns are a little different so you really have to get it good in one turn and kind of live with it in the other. Qualifying is important, like at most tracks, but handling is really a premium there.”
At the half-way point of the season, how do you feel that the Holiday Inn Racing team has performed?
“I feel good about it but I don’t think that the Holiday Inn Racing team has had the consistency that we had last year. I think that we need to get better in some areas. Some weeks we have been very competitive and have had fast cars but we haven’t been front to contend for the wins. Everybody at RCR is working really hard. Pat Smith and the guys are doing everything they can to make the cars faster. I’m excited about the second half of the season and hopefully we can turn it on.”
NO. 29 HOLIDAY INN CHEVY 2008 NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES RACE RESULTS
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