Indianapolis: Dodge Motorsports preview

HISTORICAL DATA * Dodge NSCS Win at IMS: Bill Elliott, 8/02/2002, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 400 miles, 125.033 avg. speed. DODGE AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY * Bill Elliott won the 2002 Brickyard 400 driving the No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW...


* Dodge NSCS Win at IMS: Bill Elliott, 8/02/2002, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 400 miles, 125.033 avg. speed.


* Bill Elliott won the 2002 Brickyard 400 driving the No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge. He led 93 laps en route to victory. In doing so, Elliott became the oldest winner at IMS -- 46 years, 9 months and 27 days


Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge

"With Roger's success in the open wheel ranks at Indianapolis - with 15 wins and 15 poles in the Indy 500 - the significance of putting a win there in the NASCAR record book is certainly magnified. It would be a major accomplishment to be the first Penske Racing driver to score that victory."

Kasey Kahne, No. 9 Budweiser Dodge

"Winning at the Brickyard and the Daytona 500 are on the top of my list. I think it depends on what type of racing background you have which one is more important to you. For me, coming up in the sprint car ranks, I raced in the Indianapolis area a lot and learned early on how significant winning at Indy was. When you think about the drivers that have won at Indy throughout the years, it would mean a lot to be able to add my name to that list. We've been close a few times and it's certainly a victory I'd love to pull off."

Kasey Kahne, No. 9 Budweiser Dodge

Talk about making your 200th start this weekend at Indy; "It's hard to believe this will be the 200th start. It doesn't seem like that long ago that I was racing sprint cars in Washington. I feel pretty fortunate to be able to do what I do for a living. I've celebrated a lot of great moments in racing and I hope to celebrate more. I still have a lot of goals -- I want to win races and compete for and win championships. I've had a lot of great support getting to this point and I'm thankful for the success that I have had in NASCAR. I'm lucky to work with the guys on this Budweiser team that support me each week and look forward to rewarding them with more wins."

Sam Hornish Jr., No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge

"I am definitely excited about this weekend's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Being at Indy reminds me of being a kid again. My parents came here when my mom was eight months pregnant with me. I remember the excitement of coming here as a kid and one day hoping to qualify for the Indianapolis 500. This is a special place to me and I am excited for this weekend's race.

"This Mobil 1 team has made a lot of progress at tracks with flatter surfaces like Indy. We ran strong at New Hampshire recently, and at Pocono, which is similar to this track. We earned top-10 finishes at both tracks this season and we hope to have a solid performance this weekend at Indy. No one has ever won both the IndyCar and NASCAR races at the Brickyard, and I would love to accomplish that one day."

Travis Geisler, Crew Chief, No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge

"Going to Indianapolis Motor Speedway is always special, but going with 2006 Indy 500 champion Sam Hornish Jr. and a car owner that has won the race 15 times, there is a little extra pressure. Everyone on the Mobil 1 Dodge is focused on getting Roger a NASCAR win at Indianapolis. It is a challenging race track with little banking and very high-speed, tight corners. Goodyear has worked very hard to build a tire for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard that I am confident will produce some great racing for the fans."

AJ Allmendinger, No. 44 Hunt Brothers Pizza Dodge

"I love this track. We ran really well here last year finishing tenth. I always figured I would race at Indy, but I figured it would be in an open-wheel car. There's a lot of us in Sprint Cup racing now who probably dreamed of racing at Indy before racing at Daytona. The place is just special. You win there and you've made your mark in racing no matter what you are driving."

Elliott Sadler, No. 19 Stanley Dodge

"It was a crazy race (last year's Brickyard 400), there's no doubt about that. The tire situation was unfortunate for the fans, but I think that NASCAR and Goodyear did everything they could, given the situation, to make it the best race they could. It was kind of like heat racing -- 10 to 12 laps at a time. We had maybe our best car of the year there last year and really had great pit stops all day long."

Reed Sorenson, No. 43 Valvoline Dodge Charger

"Winning the pole in 2007 was one of the highlights of my career. I'll always remember leading the field on the pace laps, seeing that crowd; it's something I'll never forget. That's the most people I have ever seen in my life. We finished fifth that day, so we backed it up and proved the pole was no fluke. I think we have the chance to do that again this time. We have had some really good cars of late. We were good at Chicago, but a pit-lane penalty killed us. If we are as good at Indy, then we are going to have a great day."

David Stremme, No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge

"I am really excited about this weekend. We tested here last month for Goodyear and felt like we really had a strong car. We were really good on long runs, which this race is known for, so I think we are going to have a strong weekend. There is so much history that goes with this place. Roger [Penske] has won here 15 times [in the Indy 500], and we all want to add to that total. This is one of the biggest races of the year. We start down in Daytona during Speedweeks and the Brickyard kind of kicks off the second half. [Crew chief] Roy [McCauley] and I have been talking about what we need to do in the second half of the season to improve. We have made some real strides in the last couple of weeks and I am really looking forward to the second half of the year."

Roy McCauley, Crew Chief, No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge

"Indy is one of those places that as a racer you want to win. The feeling I get when I ride through the tunnel gives me goose bumps. Roger [Penske] has won a lot of races here and all of us want to add to that total. David [Stremme] did a great job here when we tested last month. He was smooth through the corners and showed a lot of speed. We just need to be in position when it comes down to the final laps. Indy is the kind of place that someone else's mistake can ruin your day. We just have to be patient and make sure we have a shot when it matters."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bill Elliott , Kurt Busch , Kasey Kahne , David Stremme , Elliott Sadler , Travis Geisler , Reed Sorenson , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske