No. 33 Holiday Inn Chevrolet
Event Preview Fact Sheet
Event/Date: Allstate 400 at the Brickyard July 29, 2007
Venue: Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Indianapolis
Scott Wimmers NASCAR Cup Series Performance History
at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
DATESTARTFINISHLAPSTOTALSTATUS EARNINGS COMPLETEDLAPS 8/8/20043432148161Accident $ 125,730 8/7/20052626160160Running $ 162,283 8/6/20063420160160Running $ 152,275 TotalAverageAverageLapsTOTAL EarningsStartsStartFinishCompletedLAPS 31.326.0468481 $ 440,288
· This Weeks Race Car at Indianapolis Motor Speedway The Holiday Inn Racing team will unload Chassis No. 149 from the Richard Childress Racing (RCR) stable this weekend. Built new in 2005 as a No. 31 AT&T Chevrolet, Jeff Burton drove this chassis last season at Phoenix International Raceway (St. 37, Fn. 9) in April and Richmond International Raceway (St. 15, Fn.15) in May. This race car first saw action in the 2005 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (St. 29, Fn. 20).
· Make it Four Scott Wimmer will attempt to qualify for his first NASCAR Cup Series race of the season this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) driving the No. 33 Holiday Inn Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS, giving RCR four entries in the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. Wimmer was behind the wheel of the No. 33 at Homestead-Miami Speedway last November, where he started 24th and finished 12th
· Holiday Inn Double Duty In addition to the No. 33 Chevrolet, Holiday Inn will also sponsor Wimmer and the No. 29 Busch Series Chevrolet this weekend at OReilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis.
· Going Green While Clint Bowyer and No. 2 BB&T Chevrolet will be taking a break from Busch Series compitition, crew chief Dan Deeringhoff will go green and lead the No. 33 Holiday Inn Racing team this weekend at IMS. Wimmers No. 29 Holiday Inn NASCAR Busch Series crew will go over the wall.
· RCR at the Brickyard In 13 previous NASCAR Cup Series races at IMS, RCR has posted two poles (Kevin Harvick 2003, Burton 2006), two wins (Dale Earnhardt 1995, Harvick 2003), eight top-five and 15 top-10 finishes. RCR cars have also completed every lap except one and have been running at the finish of every Allstate 400 at The Brickyard dating back to the inaugural race in 1994. Additionally, two RCR entries started on the front row at IMS last season when Jeff Burton won the pole and Bowyer qualified second.
· Chevy Day at The Brickyard Wimmer will participate in Chevy Day at the Brickyard Friday, July 27 from 9-11 a.m. 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 course. He will also race remote controlled cars and participate in a fan question-and-answer session. RCR president and CEO Richard Childress, along with Wimmers teammates Burton, Harvick and Bowyer, will also be on-hand for the mornings activities.
· Sign Here Wimmer will sign autographs in the F1 garage located in the IMS infield on Friday, July 27 from noon 12:40 p.m.
· Beefed Up Security Two members of the United States Secret Service will enjoy an up-close view of all the action at Sundays Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. The special guests will serve as honorary pit crew members of the Holiday Inn Racing team and Scott Wimmer.
· Design the Holiday Inn Chevy Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts, the world’s most recognized hotel brand, will rev-up race fans’ creativity with the launch of its second annual online “Design a Car” contest. Through July 31 consumers can log on to http://www.holidayinn.com/designacar to design a new paint scheme for Richard Childress Racing’s No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS and submit their design for online voting by visitors to the site. Jeff Burton will then select the winning paint scheme from among the fans’ favorites. The winning design will be featured on Burton’s car during the NASCAR Busch Series finale in Homestead, Fla., on November 17. Winners of this year’s “Design a Car” contest will also receive a trip for two to Homestead with V.I.P. treatment that includes a meeting with Burton.
· Catch the Action The Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be televised live on ESPN on Sunday, July 29 beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). The race will also be broadcast live on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network and Sirius Satellite Radio. Qualifying will air live on SPEED Saturday, July 28 beginning at 10 a.m. EDT.
SCOTT WIMMER QUOTES:
Did you following racing at Indianapolis while growing up in the Midwest?
I would always watch the Indianapolis 500 because it was such a sports spectacle but I never followed any of the drivers or attended the race. I loved sitting at home on a Sunday and watching the Indy 500. It was neat to go there for the first time and be there in a stock car and see how important that place is in motorsports history, not only for NASCAR but for all of motorsports. It is a real special place for me and every driver that goes there. It is just an honor to drive on that track and not a lot of people get that opportunity. I am fortunate to have the chance to drive there again in a Richard Childress car.
You have been running really strong in the NASCAR Busch Series and earned your first pole last week at Gateway. Does that give you confidence going into this weekend when you have to qualify on time?
The Brickyards qualifying format is really difficult for guys that arent locked into the race. We are hoping to get a qualifying draw in the top 10; otherwise, we are going to have to have a really strong lap to make the race. I have all the confidence in Dan (crew chief Dan Derringhoff) and all of the guys that are working on the Holiday Inn Chevy. They are going to take the best car they can and I am going to drive it as hard as I can. If I do that, then I know we can make the race. We can overcome a lot of things, and hopefully, this weekend everything will go right. We need a good qualifying draw and we need the weather to stay away. Other than the Daytona 500, the Brickyard 400 is the biggest race of the year for the Cup Series and its an honor to be there, and hopefully, we can be there for the whole weekend.
What makes Indianapolis so difficult?
It is a really neat place with the turns. It is really difficult to get around there because every corner is a little different. It seems like you can get your car really good on one end of the track and in the other you have to give up a little bit. It throws a lot at you. You have to have a lot of horsepower to get down the long straightaways and your car has to handle good to get through the corners. The corners are so flat and so long that if you give up any time there you wont have a good lap. It is a track that throws a lot of different things at you. It is really hard to pass and its real narrow and the speeds are real high. It is one of those places where you really have to work on your setup and fuel mileage comes into factor. I think that is what makes it one of the biggest races of the year and most exciting because of all the things that it throws at the teams and drivers.