Strategy Secured Kyle's Sonoma Victory 'Zippy' and Logano 'Ride-Along' at Infineon NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: Toyota Camry drivers have combined for four wins (Kyle Busch -- Las Vegas, Bristol and Richmond; David Reutimann -- Charlotte), 15...
Strategy Secured Kyle's Sonoma Victory
'Zippy' and Logano 'Ride-Along' at Infineon
NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: Toyota Camry drivers have combined for four wins (Kyle Busch -- Las Vegas, Bristol and Richmond; David Reutimann -- Charlotte), 15 top-fives and 29 top-10 finishes through 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races in 2009 ... Last year, Kyle Busch led 78 of 112 laps at Infineon Raceway en route to victory lane ... Joey Logano recently tested a Late Model car at Infineon Raceway along with crew chief Greg Zipadelli who has led the No. 20 team to two Sonoma victories (2001 and 2005) ... Patrick Carpentier will drive Michael Waltrip Racing's No. 55 NAPA AUTO PARTS Camry this weekend ... Michael Waltrip Racing team members and executives recently visited Toyota Racing Development's (TRD) Costa Mesa, Calif., facilities to thank TRD associates after David Reutimann's Charlotte win last month.
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M's-Transformers Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
How was your team able to win both road course races last year? "In last year's Sonoma race the pit strategy fell perfect. We qualified 30th and were working our way up. We got to about 20th and stalled out there. The caution came out while we were on pit road and we cycled out as the leader -- it fell perfect and it got us all our track position. Sonoma was really good for us, Watkins Glen was really good for us and we just finally hit our stride and I felt like we had a good road course set-up so hopefully this year it will be the same."
GREG ZIPADELLI, crew chief, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
What was your track time like at Sonoma with Joey Logano? "We went out there and ran a Late Model ASA car for a couple days -- it was a two-seater and I got to ride around the race track a lot and watch when he was out there running. It gave us time to spend together and gave us a lot of time for him to just learn the track. Obviously, the car is nothing similar to what we're going out there with -- the weight, the horsepower and things are considerably different. It did give him two days of shifting, hard braking and just some of the things to work on more of a rhythm. I think we learned a lot. We know now where his strong points are and the weak points that we need to work on. We'll hopefully be able to identify those earlier on Friday rather than on Saturday after all the practice is done."
PATRICK CARPENTIER, No. 55 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
What is your goal for this weekend? "I need to get as many points as possible. I want to run up front and battle with the leaders. We'll just have to wait and see what happens. Once we get there, we'll have to get to work since we did not have the time to test the NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota. Fortunately, Marcos (Ambrose) has been in the car and I'll have a chance to exchange information with him so I think we'll be fine. I've met with (Robert) Bootie (Barker, crew chief) and he's been pretty straight forward with me. We seem to see eye to eye so hopefully, we'll run well. I would really like to run well for 'Bootie', Michael (Waltrip) and NAPA. I feel like I have the most support I have ever had so I think it is going to fun. And then there's Toyota. What more can you ask for?"
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Do you enjoy road course racing at Infineon? "For sure, we run really well on the road courses. It's a fun race, but it's sometimes frustrating because of the fuel mileage game that you have to play there and everyone plays it. You don't necessarily see very good racing there, you just see more fuel conservation than you do anything."
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