Fontana, Family and Friends: Gilliland Gunning for Good Run at Home Track Statesville, N.C. (October 5, 2010) - Not many Sprint Cup drivers have to travel as far as David Gilliland to go home. So, the driver of the No. 38 Taco Bell Ford really...
Fontana, Family and Friends: Gilliland Gunning for Good Run at Home Track
Statesville, N.C. (October 5, 2010) - Not many Sprint Cup drivers have to travel as far as David Gilliland to go home. So, the driver of the No. 38 Taco Bell Ford really wants to make the most of his trip to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., this week. Sunday's Pepsi Max 400 at the two-mile oval will be a homecoming for the native of nearby Riverside, Calif., with plenty of family and friends on hand to root for their favorite hometown driver.
The Taco Bell team is looking to better its 26th-place finish earned at the track's February Sprint Cup race. Gilliland has one career top-10 finish at the track in Nationwide competition, while his best Sprint Cup result at the track is 17th among eight starts.
Comments from Taco Bell Team Driver David Gilliland Comments on Auto Club Speedway and Fontana Losing a Race in 2011:
"Fontana is kind of a cool racetrack. It's less than 10 miles from where I lived before I came out to North Carolina. We have a lot of friends and family come out as well as people who helped me in racing earlier in my career. So, obviously it's very important for me to try to run well when we're out there in front of all my family and friends.
"I wasn't really happy with our performance earlier in the year, but hopefully it's something we can build on. I feel like we've learned a lot since then. I think the first Fontana race was actually my first race with Front Row Motorsports, so we've definitely come a long way since then.
"It takes everything coming together well to race in this series each and every week. But, California, definitely, you can use all the power you've got and you need good handling, too. The track is a little bit different and it's getting rougher with age, and recently people have started to move up and run up high. So, we definitely need to work on all that stuff in practice and get our car driving well.
"We finished 32nd last week at Kansas, which, when you look at it, doesn't look fantastic. But we actually had a pretty good car for much of the race - in fact, for most of the weekend. And we learned a lot that we can bring to Fontana. So, I'm really excited to get there and see what we can do.
"As a series, we need to really pay attention to what the fans are doing and what attendance is at the tracks and adjust our schedule accordingly. For example, I know they moved the second California race for this year. I remember we went out there one year and it was super, super hot, like 110 degrees or something. And not only is it not fun as a driver to drive in that kind of heat, but also the fans are sitting in it in the stands for five hours. So, those are things you've got to think about and just keep adjusting as needed. But, California, of course, is home for me, so I get excited to race there every time, no matter how many times we go or when we go."
-source: front row motorsports