Texas: GM Racing preview

CHEVY RACING AT THE TRACK-TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY-- JEFF CHEW, MARKETING MANAGER, NASCAR, CHEVY RACING: "We always look forward to visiting Texas, but this year even more so, because this will be the first time that we've brought the all-new Team ...

CHEVY RACING AT THE TRACK-TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY-- JEFF CHEW, MARKETING MANAGER, NASCAR, CHEVY RACING: "We always look forward to visiting Texas, but this year even more so, because this will be the first time that we've brought the all-new Team Chevy Racing Display to Texas Motor Speedway. There will be plenty for the entire family, like green-screen photos with their favorite Chevy driver, and the opportunity to drive one or more of Chevrolet's 2010 lineup of award-winning cars and trucks."

* Driver appearances at display: Jeff Burton, No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet-Sunday 9:40 a.m.; Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet-Sunday 10:30 a.m. and Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet -- Sunday 11:00 a.m.

* Pit Crew for Kevin Harvick's No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet will sign autographs Sunday morning-time TBA

* The Team Chevy Racing Display will be in Midway display area of TMS near Gate 7, and will be open 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. on Friday; 8 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 7:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. on Sunday

CHEVROLET ON THE TRACK-TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY:

* A Chevrolet driver has won 6 of the 18 NSCS races at Texas Motor Speedway

* Chevy has 10 poles at TMS

* Team Chevy drivers have scored 34 top-five finishes and 78 top-10 finishes at TMS

* A Chevrolet has led 2,114 laps (35.1% of 6,022 possible) at TMS

* Jeff Burton, No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet, has two (2) wins at TMS ('97 & '07)

* Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 88 AMP Energy/ National Guard Chevrolet has one (1) TMS win

* Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont/National Guard Special Forces Chevrolet has won once (1) at TMS

* Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet has one TMS victory

* Mark Martin, No. 5 Hendrickcars.com/GoDaddy.com Chevrolet has won once (1) at TMS

* Ryan Newman, No. 39 US Army ROTC Chevrolet won at TMS in '03

* Tony Stewart, No. 14 Office Depot/ Old Spice Chevrolet has one (1) TMS win

TEAM CHEVY AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY -- ALBA COLON, GM RACING NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES PROGRAM MANAGER: "Texas Motor Speedway is always an interesting 1.5-mile track. What will make it even more interesting this time is that although it is the third race for the spoiler, this will be the first time where we are really going to see the effects on this car. The Charlotte test gave us a good understanding of what to expect on the larger tracks. While we don't think it will make much difference for the cars when they are on their own, the bigger question at Texas will be to see what happens when everyone is racing together.

"The spoiler adds drag to the car, so there is potential that they will be able to draft up on each other and pass easier than they could with the lower drag wing. How the balance will change when the cars are nose-to-tail with the spoiler is a big question that we probably won't be able to answer until the racing begins at Texas. Our Chevy teams will be maximizing their practice times at this weekend. Texas presents its own set of unique challenges on the handling side; and the dependability of our engines will be key. TMS is definitely a horsepower track.

"Our teams have been working hard, and their hard work is paying off with a strong start to the season for Chevrolet. We are looking forward to a good race with good results again this weekend."

TEAM CHEVY FROM THE DRIVER'S SEAT:

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET, POINTS LEADER: "I'm excited to get back on the 1.5-mile (tracks). We've had good stuff at Texas and at the 1.5-mile tracks in general. But the big wild card out there is how is this spoiler going to work? I think that the lead car in qualifying we won't see a lot of difference. But there is still a lot to be learned with the car in traffic. Even though we had the Charlotte test, we really never put ourselves in a racing position and side-by-side and stuff like that. I feel good about things. I know we're going to have a good set-up, but it's a different world in the pack. We're going to need a few months to really evolve set-ups in the cars to handle what's going to go on in the pack. We've had some good success this year with the win at California and then the win at Las Vegas. Granted, it's a different environment with the spoiler on the car and I'm sure we'll see some small differences once we get to Texas and start racing and get around other cars. We've been running well. Had a shot at winning the other night at Phoenix and came home third. Looking forward to it. Things are going well, we're where we want to be in the points right now and looking forward to this weekend's race."

KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 SHELL-PENNZOIL CHEVROLET, 4TH IN STANDINGS: "Texas is going to be really fast, and the first time to get the true effect of how the spoiler is going to react around other cars. But I think everybody has already learned at Phoenix that they will spin out. It's hard to spin them out with the wing so we had a lot of spinouts there. I think the car looks a tremendous amount better. It looks more like you'd expect a car to look in NASCAR racing I guess you could say. That's what our sport has been built around and what our fans are used to looking at. As far as the racing is going to go, I think there is really no way to tell. I think the first real answer to that will be at Texas and I think the biggest variable we have in our sport is still the tires. About the time you want to figure things out, and Goodyear has done a very good job at making the tires better, but the tire changes affect so much of what we do because it affects the bump-stop load and it affects the heights of the cars. A tire compound change can pick up the car a second. And that changes a lot of things. I think you saw that at Bristol. But the tires dictate a lot of what we do from a team standpoint, and I think that's a lot of what dictates how the racing is on the race track."

JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT/NATIONAL GUARD SPECIAL FORCES CHEVROLET, 5TH IN STANDINGS: "Martinsville was kind of just the hey, you know, we can put pretty much anything on there at Martinsville and go out and have a similar race. And we did; we had a great race. At Phoenix, aerodynamics plays bigger roles. The real true test is going to be at these 1.5-mile tracks; Texas being the first one. Again, I don't think it's going to change who's going to be fast and who's going to run good and how you're day is going to go. I think if we're well-prepared and we've got the car dialed in then it'll be a typical challenging Texas for us that hopefully we can pull off a win at. I feel as confident about it whether we have the spoiler or the wing."

CLINT BOWYER, NO. 33 CHEERIOS/HAMBURGER HELPER CHEVROLET, 6TH IN STANDINGS: "I am a fan of the spoiler and I never really liked the wing and I don't really think it fit NASCAR if that makes any sense. We have always had a spoiler and that is the way our cars have always been and the spoiler certainly looks a lot better on the car in my opinion. These things are race cars and we want them to look racy and fast, and look fast. They are just a little too boxy and that wing just didn't look right on them. I think it's good and there are some things that only time will tell. I think Martinsville is a good track to get it put into place for the first race out, but I am looking forward to getting to a 1.5 mile track and getting to Texas and seeing how it's going to react behind cars and things like that but so far so good."

JEFF BURTON, NO. 31 CATERPILLAR CHEVROLET, 7TH IN STANDINGS: "We tested the new spoiler in Charlotte, which is a difficult track to test on. Since they've changed the track, the tires are really kind of odd--you go out the second time and you're faster, you go out the third time and you're faster yet. It's really hard to get a balance there to know where you are. You put on new tires to make a run and you would have been better if you had just stayed on older tires. It's a difficult place to test, so that in itself more so than the spoiler means that Texas is kind of starting over. Still, I do think that you learned some things at Charlotte that you can apply to Texas."

TONY STEWART, NO. 14 OFFICE DEPOT/ OLD SPICE CHEVROLET, 9TH IN STANDINGS: "Every corner counts in a green-white-checkered. You've got four chances to get through a corner better than somebody else and you know that you have to make that count. A lot of it is the circumstances of how many cars you get by are the tire strategies. It's controlled chaos. Everybody is trying to get that one last spot and they know they've got two laps to do it in and everybody is bunched together when that happens. So it's a pretty wild two laps (laughs) and you're normally glad when it's over.

DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 88 AMP ENERGY/NATIONAL GUARD CHEVROLET, 10TH IN STANDINGS: "I like Texas a lot. They've done an amazing job coming from the ground up. The facilities are really nice, the fans really enjoy it and have latched onto it. They stand by their racetrack, and that's great to see. The community seems to really appreciate the track, and they feel as if it's their own. It's a great racetrack, and it could have an amazing history."

MARK MARTIN, NO. 5 HENDRICKCARS.COM/GODADDY.COM CHEVROLET 13TH IN STANDINGS: "This track means a lot to me. It's fairly close to Batesville, my hometown, so a lot of my fans seem to come out for the Texas races. It helps, too, that I love intermediate race tracks. Hendrick Motorsports is really good on intermediate tracks, too. All of that together makes Texas a pretty special place for me. I'm really looking forward to getting back there."

RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 39 US ARMY ROTC CHEVROLET 16TH IN STANDINGS: "At the Charlotte test, we went back through of all the things we used to do with the spoiler versus the wing. It is a good place to test the cars. We have a lot of data from all the tests we've done in the past especially with the tire tests here to know we are getting some good information for the rest of the season. Because of the spoiler, I think there's some uncertainty about Texas. What remains the same is that Texas is still a fast track that has become better with age. I know I can win there and it would sure be nice to give our Soldiers another victory while driving the Army ROTC Chevrolet."

JAMIE MCMURRAY, NO. 1 BASS PRO SHOPS/TRACKER BOATS CHEVROLET, 20TH IN STANDINGS: "Earnhardt Ganassi Racing's 1.5-mile program has always been pretty good, so this should be a great weekend for our entire organization. We tested at Charlotte, not too long ago, and I really felt like Juan and I had two of the fastest cars out there. It will be interesting to see how the new spoiler reacts in a large pack on such a fast racetrack like Texas. This will really be the spoiler's first "real" test....I just think that Texas will be a great track for us and I'm sure that we'll perform well this weekend. I mean, both of our cars were running top-10 in Vegas when we had our little incident earlier this season, so we know that our team is certainly capable of performing on these types of tracks. Texas is a fun track for me and I always like racing here, so I know that we'll get a great finish out of our Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Chevrolet on Sunday."

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 42 TARGET CHEVROLET, 21TH IN STANDINGS: "Texas is going to be interesting. It's going to be the first 1.5-mile on a spoiler. That is going to make it quite challenging for everybody to see how the car changes. I don't think it will be that different, but it will be fun I think. Texas is going to give us a little bit better perspective of where we are. Our focus is on running well. Focus is making sure we have a good handling car. It is good on long runs. We have good brakes. As long as we do that and we make good race calls and everything goes well, the results should be there. But when five cars wreck in front of you and you can't stop and you tangle with them, what do you do? That, or you blow tires. At Martinsville we blew four tires. We never have problems there. But we had a good run at Phoenix, and that really helps the morale of the team."

BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 71 PERRY FOR GOVERNOR CHEVROLET, 31ST IN STANDINGS: "I couldn't be more excited to have Gov. Perry on board the No. 71 for the Texas race. It's always great for me to come back to my home state and now I've got an even bigger reason to be able to connect to all of the fans and my fellow Texans."

REGAN SMITH, NO. 78 FURNITURE ROW RACING CHEVROLET, 32ND IN STANDINGS: "Texas will be our second race with a RCR (Richard Childress Racing) built car. Last week in Phoenix was the first for the RCR Furniture Row Chevy. On paper the finish (26th) wasn't that good in Phoenix, but we sure made some gains after slipping with poor performances in Bristol and Martinsville. Having the same RCR car in Texas as we had in Phoenix, along with decent runs this season at similar tracks in California (19th), Las Vegas (21st) and Atlanta (14th), has me feeling optimistic about this weekend. We know Texas is fast and we're fine with that. We just need to qualify better than what we have been. Starting at the back puts you in a big hole. Our first goal is to have a strong qualifying effort."

-source: gm racing

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Richard Childress Racing , Chip Ganassi Racing , Hendrick Motorsports