No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet
Event Preview Fact Sheet
Event/Date: Corona Mexico 200 presented by Banamex – April 20, 2008
Venue: Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez – Mexico City, Mexico
Scott Wimmer’s NASCAR Nationwide Series
Performance History at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
· This Week’s Holiday Inn Chevrolet at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez … The Holiday Inn Racing team will unload Chassis No. 071 from the Richard Childress Racing (RCR) stable this weekend. Built new in 2007, Jeff Burton raced this Holiday Inn Chevy to a 10th-place finish at Circuit Gilles Villenueve in Montreal last August. Since then, this chassis has been outfitted with all the required 2008 updates.
· Bienvenidos a Mexico … Scott Wimmer will pilot the No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevy this weekend for the second time at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Last year, the 32-year-old driver had a less than desired outcome after an early flat tire and engine troubles resulted in a 30th-place finish.
· Points Check … The Wausau, Wis., native will take the wheel fifth in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) owners’ championship point standings.
· South of the Border … RCR has earned two top-five and three top-10 finishes in six NNS starts at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Kevin Harvick finished second in 2005 and third in 2006, and Clint Bowyer finished seventh in 2005.
· Wimmer on the Road … In two NNS road course starts, Wimmer has a 23rd-place finish to call a career best. The 32-year-old driver has struggled on the road with a 26.0 starting average and an 26.5 average finish
· RCR Road Course Stats … In 18 previous NNS road course starts, RCR has posted two wins (Harvick- Montreal, 2007 and Watkins Glen, 2007), eight top-five and 12 top-10 finishes. RCR Nationwide Series entries have also led 90 laps in road race competition.
· Back in the Drivers Seat … Wimmer resumes driving duties this weekend for the first time since his win at Nashville in March. The Wausau, Wis., native had less than a half gallon of fuel remaining in his 18-gallon tank when he drove his Holiday Inn Chevrolet to Victory Lane.
· Eight Races, Two Wins … In eight NNS races this season, RCR-prepared Nationwide Series entries have notched two wins (Bowyer – Bristol and Wimmer – Nashville), nine top-five and 14 top-10 finishes. RCR cars have also led 272 of the 1,468 (18.5 percent) of the totals laps run this season.
· Help Chevy Help Autism … During April – Autism Awareness Month – people who go to the Autism Speaks website (www.autismspeaks.org ), can click on the “Help Chevy Help Autism” icon and take a free virtual test drive of the 2008 North American Car of the Year – the all-new Chevy Malibu. Chevrolet has committed to a minimum contribution of $500,000, but every virtual test drive taken gets Chevrolet closer to its goal of donating up to $1 million to Autism Speaks to support its mission of increasing awareness of autism and raising money to fund autism research. Those who participate in the virtual test drive will be offered a free 30-day online trial of XM Satellite Radio.
· Catch the Action … The Corona Mexico 200 presented by Banamex at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez will be televised live on ESPN on Sunday, April 20 beginning at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). The race will also broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius Satellite Radio. Qualifying for the ninth of 35 races will air live on ESPN2 Saturday, April 19 beginning at 11:30 a.m. EDT.
SCOTT WIMMER QUOTES:
Talk about the track in Mexico City.
“It’s a pretty unique place and probably the most distinctive place that we go. It is a really neat track that has a lot of history. I think everybody enjoys going down there to race and I am looking forward to having a strong second start there for Holiday Inn.”
Can you compare the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez to any other tracks?
“If I could say that is was similar to any other track, I would have to say Sonoma. There are a lot of tight turns and there is a high-speed straightaway but the rest of the course is pretty much lower speed corners and straightaways. It makes for an interesting race because you ultimately have to get off that last corner and down that long straightaway. That is probably the trickiest part about it because you have to slow your car down to about 40 mph to get through turn one. The track throws a lot at the teams and it throws a lot at the drivers. I think every time we have been to Mexico we have seen interesting races.”
What did you learn about Mexico City after your first visit?
“I never realized how big racing is in Mexico and the phenomenal circuit that they had there. There is a ton of history there with F1 running there and now NASCAR. I didn’t realize how big the city is. We flew in at night last year and the city lights just seemed to go on forever. It was unbelievable to see from the air. It was neat to drive through different parts of town driving to the track and see all the diversity that is in the city.”
NO. 29 HOLIDAY INN CHEVROLET 2008 NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES RACE RESULTS
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