This Weekend's Wheaties FUEL Chevrolet Impala at Indianapolis Motor Speedway ... Clint Bowyer will pilot Chassis No. 310 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This is a brand new Chevrolet Impala that will be put...
This Weekend's Wheaties FUEL Chevrolet Impala at Indianapolis Motor Speedway ... Clint Bowyer will pilot Chassis No. 310 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This is a brand new Chevrolet Impala that will be put through its first paces this weekend.
FUELing the Win ... Bowyer and the No. 33 team will bring a specially painted black and orange Wheaties-FUEL themed Chevrolet Impala to Indianapolis for the 17th running of the Brickyard 400. Bowyer will also pilot the No. 33 Wheaties FUEL Chevrolet next season when NASCAR's senior circuit visits Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Indy Stats ... In four career starts at IMS, Bowyer has one top-five and four top-20 finishes. He scored his best-career finish of fourth, after starting second, in his first appearance at the Brickyard in August 2006. Bowyer boasts a 14.2 average running position and a 13.5 average finish, eighth-best among active drivers, at Indy. Additionally, the two-time NSCS race winner has completed all 640 laps contested and has raced 429 (or 67 percent) of those laps while running in the top 15 at the historic 2.5-mile Indiana facility.
Last Time Around ... The last time NASCAR's senior circuit visited Indianapolis, Bowyer and the No. 33 team started 10th and were a mainstay inside the top 15 until the event's final yellow flag waved on lap 129. The Emporia, Kan., native hit pit road for service, while running 13th, during the ensuing caution period. Other competitors elected to stay out at this time, setting the No. 33 up 18th for the lap- 136 restart. Bowyer was unable to improve his position over the final 24 laps and crossed the finish line 18th.
What a Different a Year Makes ... Bowyer has improved in every category at this point in the season as compared to the first 19 races of his 2009 campaign, with the only two exceptions being top-five finishes and percentage of laps completed.
Rearview Mirror/Race to the Chase... Bowyer and the No. 33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet team raced their way back inside the top 12 of the NSCS point standings with a fourth-place finish in the LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway two weeks ago. With seven races remaining before the 12-man Chase for the Sprint Cup field is set, Bowyer sits 12th in the point standings and 15 markers ahead of Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in 13th place.
Would it be fair to say that Indy hasn't been kind to you since your fourth place finish in 2006?
"Indy definitely hasn't been kind to us since 2006. We've struggled a little bit to have as good of a car as we did when we finished fourth there. We started on the outside pole and finished fourth. For it being our first race there, it was pretty incredible. It's been rough since then, but our cars have been running well this year. We've been strong on the big tracks. Our horsepower has been pretty good, as well. I think those are qualities you need to have when you're heading to Indy in order to have a good run on Sunday."
Typically, teams bring their best cars to Daytona and Indianapolis. Is your team bringing one of your best cars to the Brickyard this year?
"We're bringing a new car to Indy because it's such an important race. You bring a car to the Daytona 500 that you've massaged and prepared all winter long. For Indy, Shane (Wilson, crew chief) has prepared one of the best cars that we've had there in a while. Indy is a race track where you bring one of your best pieces."
Do you still get charged up for the Brickyard?
"I love going to Indianapolis. The history and tradition behind it is very special. It's a huge opportunity, and a privilege, to be able to race on it. I understand the significance of Indianapolis. I enjoy not only the city, but also the racetrack. What other place do we race at that has a golf course in the middle of it?"
Have you ever had the thought of trying to race an INDY car at Indianapolis?
"No. Not really. (Laughs) I have a hard enough time running the Cup cars there."