No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet
Event Preview Fact Sheet
Event/Date: Kroger 200 benefiting Riley Hospital for Children – July 26, 2008
Venue: O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis
Scott Wimmer’s NASCAR Nationwide Series Performance History
at O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis
· This Week’s Holiday Inn Chevrolet at O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis … Scott Wimmer will pilot Chassis No. 052 from the Richard Childress Racing stable. Formerly a No. 21 machine, this chassis saw action in 2007 with Kevin Harvick behind the wheel at Darlington Raceway (St. 17, Fn. 13). He also grabbed the Coors Light Pole and finished seventh with this race car at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. After receiving all the 2008 updates and being outfitted with the green and blue paint scheme showcasing the Holiday Inn Family of Brands -- Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express -- Wimmer steered this Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS to a 12th-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
· Pretty Strong for a Part-Timer … Despite competing in 13 of 21 NASCAR Nationwide Series events this season, Wimmer sits 19th in the drivers’ points. Eight of his 13 races have resulted in top-10 finishes, including one victory (Nashville) and two top-five finishes. He has also led 51 laps this season. This weekend’s race is the 14th of 23 Wimmer is scheduled to run the No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevy.
· Wimmer in the Loop …
o Circle City Stats … In four NNS starts at O’Reilly Raceway Park, Wimmer has earned one top-five and three top-12 finishes. The Wausau, Wis., native has a 24.8 starting average and a 13.3 finishing average.
o Law of Averages … According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Statistics, the 32-year-old driver has an Average Running Position of 11.99 at ORP. 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 77.5 percent (155 of 200) of laps contested running in the top 15 over the past three races at ORP.
o How do you Rate? … Wimmer is 14th in the Driver Rating at ORP (92.3). 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.
· RCR Nationwide Notes at Indy … RCR has won two Nationwide Series races at ORP – both with Harvick (2001 and 2006). In 18 NNS starts in Indianapolis, RCR has earned five top-five and eight top-10 finishes. RCR-prepared entries have also led 190 laps at the track just northwest of the Circle City.
· Season Review … Over the season’s first 21 Nationwide Series races, the duo of Wimmer and Jeff Burton have posted one win, four top-five and 13 top-10 finishes. The Holiday Inn drivers have logged an 11.1 starting average to go along with an 11.33 finishing average. They have completed 3,705 of the 3,849 laps run this season (96.2 percent) and led a total of 90 laps.
· Chevy Day at The Brickyard … Wimmer will participate in Chevy Day at the Brickyard Friday, July 25 from 10 a.m.-noon in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway infield. The Holiday Inn driver will provide media and Chevrolet consumers “hot laps” around the historic 2.5-mile race track. He will also race remote controlled cars, participate in a fan question and answer session and sign autographs. RCR president and CEO Richard Childress, along with Wimmer’s teammates Burton, Clint Bowyer and Harvick will also be on-hand for the morning’s activities.
· 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.
· Under the Lights … The Kroger 200 benefiting Riley Hospital for Children will take the green flag Saturday, July 26 and will be televised live on ESPN 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 22nd of 35 races on the 2008 Nationwide Series calendar will air live on ESPN2 the same day beginning at 4:30 p.m. EDT.
SCOTT WIMMER QUOTES:
What does it take to run well at ORP?
“Keeping the fenders on is key. ORP is one of the great short tracks in the country. It’s similar to what every driver grew up racing on, as far as size. It makes for a great race and it’s always exciting. Track position is big there. You’ve got to be up front and have a car that is good enough to stay up front. Hopefully, the Holiday Inn Racing team will move forward from Gateway and have a strong points night.”
How much does ORP remind you of what you grew up racing on?
“ORP is identical to a lot of the short tracks that I grew up racing in Wisconsin and throughout the Southeast. It’s one of those places you have to be real aggressive and have a car that handles well. You have a greater control of your car because you aren’t going as fast. You get in there and try as hard as you can to pass a guy. There are two grooves of passing. You can pass on the bottom or top. It makes for great racing and there is always a great fan base in Indy that comes out to the track. Saturday under the lights – there’s nothing better.”
NO. 29 HOLIDAY INN CHEVY 2008 NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES RACE RESULTS
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