No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet
Event Preview Fact Sheet
Event/Date: NAPA Auto Parts 200 – August 2, 2008
Venue: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve – Montreal, Canada
Scott Wimmer’s NASCAR Nationwide Series
Road Course Performance History
· This Week’s Holiday Inn Chevrolet at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve … Scott Wimmer will pilot Chassis No. 045 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series stable. Originally run as the No. 2 machine, Clint Bowyer drove this chassis at both the Mexico City (Fn. 16th) and Watkins Glen (Fn. 16th) road course races in 2006. Last season, Wimmer raced this Holiday Inn Chevy to a 30th-place finish in Mexico after battling mechanical issues. Teammate Jeff Burton notched a 10th-place finish at the inaugural race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve with this No. 29 machine. Since then, this Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS has been outfitted with all the required 2008 updates.
· Defending the Title … Based on Wimmer’s fourth-place finish last weekend at O’Reilly Raceway Park, RCR’s No. 29 machine maintained the fifth position in the 2008 NNS owners’ championship point standings but made a dent in the top-four positions by finishing ahead of each. The team now sits 452 markers behind the leader and just 23 points out of third.
· Bienvenue vers le Montreal … Saturday’s race will mark Wimmer’s first start at the Montreal, Quebec road course but he is no stranger to the track. The 32-year-old driver was on hand last year to practice and qualify the Holiday Inn Chevy before teammate Jeff Burton made the trip from Pocono for the race and notched a respectable 10th-place finish.
· Wimmer in the Loop …
o Law of Averages … According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, the 32-year-old driver has an Average Running Position of 11.1 in 14 starts this season. 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 Running Up Front … Meanwhile, the six-time NNS winner has spent 82.6 percent (2,103 of 2,461) of laps contested running in the top 15.
o How do you Rate? … Wimmer also enjoys a Driver Rating of 96.2. 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.
· One for the Books … History was made in June 2007 when Terry Labonte tested with members of RCR’s NNS teams at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in preparation for the inaugural Canadian Nationwide Series race. It was the first time a Nationwide Series race car turned a lap on the 15-turn 2.709-mile circuit, which has been home to the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix since 1978.
· Inaugural Winner … Kevin Harvick beat Montreal native Patrick Carpentier to the checkered flag to win the inaugural NAPA Auto Parts 200 last August. The win also marked RCR’s first NNS road course victory.
· RCR Road Course Recap … In 20 previous NNS road course starts, RCR has posted two wins (Harvick – Montreal 2007 and Watkins Glen 2007), eight top-five and 14 top-10 finishes. RCR-prepared entries have also led 103 laps on road courses.
· Season Review … Despite competing in just 14 of the 22 Nationwide Series events to date in the 2008 season, Wimmer sits 18th in the drivers’ points. Nine of his 14 races have resulted in top-10 finishes, including one win (Nashville-March) and three top-five finishes. This weekend’s race is the 15th of 23 that the Wausau, Wis., native is slated to run.
· Catch the Action … The NAPA Auto Parts 200 from Circuit Gilles Villeneuve will be televised live on ESPN2 Saturday, August 2 beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time and broadcast on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius Satellite Radio. Qualifying for the 23rd race on the 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule will be televised live on ESPN2 the same day beginning at 12:30 EDT.
SCOTT WIMMER QUOTES:
This will be your first race at Montreal. What are your expectations?
“It is really a great event. I went up there last year and helped Jeff (Burton) out. I qualified and practiced the Holiday Inn Chevy so I have a few laps on the track. I’m really looking forward to going back there. The Canadian fans are great and the people of Montreal really do an unbelievable job with their facility. We saw last year that this was one of the wildest finishes that we had all year and I would look for some more excitement this year.”
Do you think the Canadian fans enjoyed hosting the NASCAR Nationwide Series in their country?
“They definitely did. I had the opportunity to spot for Jeff (Burton) during the race in one of the turns and I was actually in the stands with the fans. It was fun to watch them root for their drivers but they really liked some of the NASCAR regulars from the United States. It was quite an experience and I know that all the crews and teams had a great time in the city. Hopefully, we can put on another great event for the fans.”
You had a top-10 finish at the first road course race of the season in Mexico. Does that boost your confidence?
“I’ve not been known as a road course racer but we were able to lead a bunch of laps and finish seventh in Mexico. That really boosts you for the next road course. My teammate Clint (Bowyer) won’t see the track until he gets there for the race so I’m sure he is going to rely heavily on our information. Hopefully, we can get both of the RCR cars up front.”
The Nationwide Series doesn’t go road course racing often. How long does it take to knock the rust off?
“It takes quite a bit of time. You will go out there for the first practice and you feel a little lost trying to figure out the track. You try not to miss shifts or make any mistakes. The thing I have found out about road course racing is if you can limit your mistakes, then you can have a good day. We were fortunate that we did that in Mexico and I think we can find our way up front if we do the same thing in Montreal. It still takes a fast car and beating those road course ringers.”
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