Indianapolis: TRG Motorsports preview

TRG Motorsports Heads to Indy Mooresville, N.C., (July 21, 2009) - TRG Motorsports is heading to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Allstate 400 at the Brickyard to run on Sunday, July 26. David Gilliland...

TRG Motorsports Heads to Indy

Mooresville, N.C., (July 21, 2009) - TRG Motorsports is heading to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Allstate 400 at the Brickyard to run on Sunday, July 26.

David Gilliland will take the No. 71 TRG Motorsports Chevrolet Impala SS to the hallowed ground of motorsports for the team's first race at the historic track. Gilliland has two starts at Indy with a best finish of 17th.

"Indy is its own unique track," Gilliland said. "It is way different than any track we run. The shape of it with its long straights legendary, but yet it drives like an intermediate track. It is two-and-a-half miles, the same length as a super speedway, but it is its own deal for sure. We use close to an intermediate setup with the brakes and settings. Indy is a very historic track and one that everyone looks forward to racing."

Double file restarts will play a big role this weekend.

"The double file restarts are definitely going to be interesting. The straights are long and wide and then the corners are quick and tight. You don't have a lot of room to be double file. You don't want to be on the outside going into the turns that is for sure. It will be interesting, but the same for 20 cars, half of the field that has to start on the outside. It will bring some added excitement to the race for sure."

TRG Motorsports crew chief Richard "Slugger" Labbe and the guys will have their hands full with the setup of the No. 71 Chevy this weekend.

"You can't be tight with the setup or you will lose too much time in the short chutes. You need to carry a lot of speed through there. You are going about 210 mph after the long straights going into turns one and three so you don't want to be loose. There is a fine line with the setup. Goodyear has been working really hard on the tire. Everyone I talked to who tested there said it was much improved, so that will make a big difference on the way the cars handle this weekend."

Kevin Buckler, TRG Motorsports team principal, is excited to go to Indy.

"Indianapolis holds a special place in every racers heart," Buckler said. "It is pretty much the hallowed ground for all of racing with its history. Although NASCAR has only been going there a few years, it still is Indy. We are looking forward to having a good run this weekend. The past few races have been tough and we are looking for a break-out performance and we hope this weekend it will come. This is about as level of a playing field as you will get, since last year's setup with the tire problems is not really going to apply. We are still searching for that sponsor/partner to keep us going. This team is proving every weekend that we belong in the Sprint Cup Series, we just need some funding to really start putting our plan into place."

The Allstate 400 at the Brickyard will be televised live on ESPN starting at 1:00 p.m. ET.

-credit: trgm

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kevin Buckler , David Gilliland
Teams TRG Motorsports