Chicagoland: Bobby Labonte preview

Labonte Carries Helmet to Chicagoland, Goes 'Old School' Second Race Behind No. 09 Chevrolet for Phoenix Racing Spartanburg, S.C. (July 6, 2010) - This weekend, Bobby Labonte and the No. 09 Phoenix Construction Chevrolet team head to the ...

Labonte Carries Helmet to Chicagoland, Goes 'Old School' Second Race Behind No. 09 Chevrolet for Phoenix Racing

Spartanburg, S.C. (July 6, 2010) - This weekend, Bobby Labonte and the No. 09 Phoenix Construction Chevrolet team head to the 1.5-mile Chicagoland Speedway, located in the city of Joliet, Ill., for Saturday night's LifeLock.com 400. It will be the second consecutive week that Labonte will race for the James Finch-owned machine. Labonte has raced for both Robby Gordon and Finch since departing TRG Motorsports.

This race marks the 19th race of the season and puts the Sprint Cup Series on the backstretch of the 36-race season. This is the final planned event for Labonte at Phoenix Racing, but both sides continue to discuss immediate future plans. The team is looking for sponsorship for continued races.

Labonte will also take part in the Coca-Cola Racing Family Track Walk on Saturday starting at 3:15 p.m. local time. This is a season-long effort to persuade active, family fun activities. The event is free and open to all ticket and credential holders.

Bobby Labonte has nine starts at the track. Chicagoland, along with Kansas, are the only two active tracks that Labonte has not scored a top-five finish in his career.

Comments from Bobby Labonte on Chicagoland Speedway: "You know, I can't remember a time where I've been in the position of just carrying my helmet and racing for different folks. It's kinda 'old school' in the fact you just pack your bag, grab your helmet and go to the track. It's not ideal, but it's a bit like the Saturday night racer, and that's kinda cool too. You have to make the best of the situation and I think we're doing that and having some fun at it.

"I have this weekend set, and we're working towards getting something set for Indy, but after that I've got a firesuit, helmet, gloves and shoes ready to go. I think my fans want to know what's going to happen, and I'd like to have everything figured out too, but for now we're just going to make the best out of it. It's been fun to race for some different guys and learning as much as possible in a weekend with each other. It's a big challenge, but things have turned out pretty good.

"I'm happy to be racing with James Finch and the Phoenix Racing team again this weekend at Chicagoland. I have to thank James for the opportunity that he has given me to be in his car again this weekend. We had a good run at Daytona, my best of the season, and that shows what kind of people they have. We put something together and were able to have a good run.

"We're going to Chicagoland now and looking forward to see what we can do there. The track has a lot of downforce and is very similar to other mile-and-a-half tracks. The banking is the same in all four corners, but the backstretch isn't straight, it has a bend to it. That makes it a bit different.

"It's also a wide-open track, meaning you have a lot more throttle here than at other places. It's pretty fast, and I look forward to racing under the lights again. That makes everything just look faster for the fans. So, I'll grab my helmet and go there. We'll make the most of it and look forward to the opportunities we have ahead of us."

-source: bobby labonte PR

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Robby Gordon
Teams TRG Motorsports , Phoenix Racing