No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet
Event Preview Fact Sheet
Event/Date: Winn-Dixie 250 Powered by Coca-Cola – July 4, 2008
Venue: Daytona International Speedway – Daytona Beach, Fla.
Scott Wimmer’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Performance History
at Daytona International Speedway
· This Week’s Holiday Inn Chevrolet at Daytona International Speedway … Scott Wimmer will pilot Chassis No. 038 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable. Formerly a No. 21 machine, this chassis last saw action in July 2006 with Kevin Harvick behind the wheel at Daytona International Speedway (St. 42, Fn. 3). He also nabbed a fifth-place finish with this race car at the “World Center of Racing” that February. Since then, this Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS has received all the 2008 updates and has been outfitted with the green and blue paint scheme showcasing the Holiday Inn Family of Brands--Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express.
· Defending a Championship … Based on Wimmer’s 12th-place finish last weekend at the “Magic Mile,” RCR’s No. 29 team maintained the third position in the NNS owners’ championship point standings and sits 328 markers out of the top spot.
· Daytona Lowdown … The 2007 NNS Owners’ Championship driver has struggled on the high-banks of Daytona. In nine Nationwide Series starts at DIS, Wimmer has three top-15 finishes. Despite having a less than desired 19.2 starting average and 19.7 finishing average, the 32-year-old driver has completed an impressive 99 percent (995 of 1,005) of laps contested.
· Wimmer in the Loop …
o Average Running Position … According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, the Wausau, Wis., native has an Average Running Position of 10.5. 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 1,717 of the 2,041 laps completed in 11 starts this season (84.1 percent) running in the top 15.
o Driver Rating … He also enjoys a Driver Rating of 98.2. 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.
· RCR Nationwide Cars at Daytona … RCR has won two Nationwide Series races at DIS – one with Dale Earnhardt Jr. (February 2002) and the most recent coming last season when Harvick knocked down back-to-back wins in the Orbitz 300 and the Daytona 500 in February. In 35 NNS starts at the storied 2.5-mile race track, RCR has earned one pole (Harvick 2005), 17 top-five and 23 top-10 finishes. RCR cars have also led 274 laps at the historic track.
· RCR Rocks Daytona … Dating back to 1986, RCR owns 23 total victories at DIS, including Dale Earnhardt’s emotional win in 1998, kicking off NASCAR’s 50th anniversary, and Kevin Harvick’s dramatic win in the 2007 season-opening Daytona 500. Additionally, RCR won 10 straight (1990-1999) qualifying races with Dale Earnhardt. All told, RCR has won five Bud Shootouts, 13 qualifying races, two Coke Zero 400s and two Daytona 500s. Dale Earnhardt Jr. also won the February 2002 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Daytona driving a car fielded by RCR and Harvick won the 2007 Nationwide Series opener at DIS in the No. 21 Chevrolet. In 104 points-paying Sprint Cup Series races at the historic 2.5-mile Daytona Beach race course, RCR has four wins, 10 poles, 25 top-five and 45 top-10 finishes. RCR-prepared race cars have also led 1,440 laps and earned just over $16 million in purse money. Richard Childress, a former driver in NASCAR’s premier division earned two of those top 10s between February 1976 and July 1980.
· 2008 RCR Nationwide Report … In 45 Nationwide Series starts this season, RCR has claimed two victories – Clint Bowyer (Bristol) and Wimmer (Nashville) – 13 top-five and 30 top-10 finishes with five different drivers including Wimmer, Bowyer, Jeff Burton, Bobby Labonte and Stephen Leicht. Additionally, the three RCR Nationwide teams (Nos. 2, 21 and 29) have led a total of 424 laps.
· 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.
· Friday Night Lights … The Winn-Dixie 250 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway will be televised live on ESPN2 on Friday, July 4 beginning at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The race will also broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius Satellite Radio. Qualifying for the 19th of 35 races on the 2008 Nationwide Series calendar will be televised live on ESPN2 the same day at 1 p.m. EDT.
SCOTT WIMMER QUOTES:
Daytona hasn’t been one of your strongest tracks. How do you feel about your chances this week?
“I feel pretty good about this weekend. Pat (Smith, crew chief) and the RCR Nationwide shop have really been working hard on our superspeedway program over the off-season and throughout the year. Daytona is a totally different track than what we run in February. It is really slick and handling is a premium so, if we have done our homework right and build a good car, we will have a competitive run.”
Is handling a priority in July at Daytona?
“You really give up a lot of speed to have the car handle right for the race. We’ve seen that at the superspeedway tracks like Daytona and Talladega where you don’t have to qualify on the pole to win. We are going to concentrate on having a car that handles well. You have to have a car that is fast enough through the corners but is comfortable enough that you don’t have to lift out of the throttle. We will work hard on that during practice. Racing is always exciting at Daytona and something spectacular always happens.”
Is it an unspoken rule that teammates draft at superspeedways?
“Clint (Bowyer) and I don’t talk about any strategy. I’m going to help him win if I can help but, ultimately, I want to do what I can to put myself in position to win. We try to work together as much as we can but the last few laps are always every driver for himself. You really have to have a teammate to get yourself up front and stay up there.”
What is the view like from the driver’s seat at Daytona?
“It’s pretty chaotic. The cars move around a lot on the track with the Nationwide Series rules package that we have now. You try to run the tires as long as you can and as free as you can. Most of the big accidents occur because drivers can’t hang on to the car. It is an unbelievable feeling going down the straightaways. It’s important to have a good spotter and driving Richard Childress’ car helps, too.”
NO. 29 HOLIDAY INN CHEVY 2008 NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES RACE RESULTS
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