No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger News and Notes * This Week's Charger... The No. 12 Penske Dodge team will race chassis PRS-624 during Sunday's 400-mile NASCAR Cup Series event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. PRS-624 is a brand new car to the ...
No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger News and Notes
* This Week's Charger... The No. 12 Penske Dodge team will race chassis PRS-624 during Sunday's 400-mile NASCAR Cup Series event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. PRS-624 is a brand new car to the No.12 Penske Dodge Charger fleet.
* Tested and Approved... The No. 12 Penske Dodge Charger team spent June 1-2 testing at the two-and-a-half-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Goodyear Tire Company. Driver David Stremme logged laps for the team in preparation for Sunday's 400-mile event.
* Come and See Me... Stremme will sign autographs at the Penske Racing souvenir trailer on Sunday, July 26 at 9:30 a.m. ET. The trailer is located on Hulman Blvd. in the infield at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
* Close to Home... Stremme considers "The Brickyard" his home track. The 32-year-old driver grew up in South Bend, which is only 138 miles north of the famed Indiana speedway.
David Stremme on driving at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
"I am really excited about this weekend. We tested here last month for Goodyear and felt like we really had a strong car. We were really good on long runs, which this race is known for, so I think we are going to have a strong weekend. There is so much history that goes with this place. Roger [Penske] has won here 15 times [in the Indy 500], and we all want to add to that total. This is one of the biggest races of the year. We start down in Daytona during Speedweeks and the Brickyard kind of kicks off the second half. [Crew chief] Roy [McCauley] and I have been talking about what we need to do in the second half of the season to improve. We have made some real strides in the last couple of weeks and I am really looking forward to the second half of the year."
Crew chief Roy McCauley on racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
"Indy is one of those places that as a racer you want to win. The feeling I get when I ride through the tunnel gives me goose bumps. Roger [Penske] has won a lot of races here and all of us want to add to that total. David [Stremme] did a great job here when we tested last month. He was smooth through the corners and showed a lot of speed. We just need to be in position when it comes down to the final laps. Indy is the kind of place that someone else's mistake can ruin your day. We just have to be patient and make sure we have a shot when it matters."