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TEAM CHEVY RACING IN NASCAR SPRINT CUP COMPETITION: * Team Chevy has five (5) drivers in the top-12 in points with seven (7) races remaining until the start of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT IMPALA...


* Team Chevy has five (5) drivers in the top-12 in points with seven (7) races remaining until the start of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship


TEAM CHEVY AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY TECH TIPS: @PAT SUHY, GM RACING NASCAR GROUP MANAGER: "The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a unique track and it's always a challenge when the Cup guys show up there. It's been a few years since teams were allowed to test at Indy, which will make the job of managing the Impala SS that much more of a challenge since this is the first race under the NASCAR's new generation race car formula at the Brickyard. Our GM Racing engineers have been working all year alongside our Chevy teams to sort through those challenges. We've applied all the chassis and aero tools at our disposal. Team Chevy has won more races at IMS than all other manufacturers combined, so they know what it takes to be successful. The combination of hard work and winning instincts means we've got what it takes to be in contention for another Chevy win."


* Team Chevy drivers on the Chevy stage doing fan question and answer sessions

* Team Chevy drivers doing autograph sessions in the Pagoda Plaza

* Team Chevy drivers will participate in the RC Driver RC Challenge at the Brickyard race with radio-controlled cars in the Flag Lot, adjacent to the Pagoda Plaza

* Admission to Chevy Day at the Brickyard is included in the general admission to the Speedway

* Other activities on Chevy Day at the Brickyard include photo opportunities with the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet Impala SS, displays of Chevy passenger cars and trucks, live music by the Jolie Holliday Band and more. All of these activities are part of the Chevy Fanfest in the Hall of Fame Museum lot

* Fans also will be able to test drive their favorite Chevy vehicles on the IMS road course between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday. Participants will receive a free Chevy Day gift, and the first 200 people to take a test drive will receive a pass for a ride-along with a professional driver around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Ride-alongs with a professional driver are from 8 a.m. to noon, weather permitting, and participants must sign an IMS waiver. Consumers must be 21 years or older to take a test drive and must present a valid driver's license with photo ID at registration. Drivers will need to fill out a "safe driver form" prior to taking the test drive


* Chevrolet Impala SS driver have won nine (9) of the 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) races held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS)


* Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont Impala SS: "Every time you go around there, there is just something about it that gets you fired up. It's kind of like going to Daytona but for me there's even a lot more memories and excitement because as a kid I remember taking that bus around there, going to the museum and just thinking wow how cool would it be to race at that track one day. Now I get that opportunity and I've won there four times so it's always a race that I really look forward to and this team looks forward to. Just like Mark Martin, you gear it up to win the Brickyard. Pretty much every team and driver out there, they're geared up wanting to win that race. It's a big one."

* Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Impala SS: "Winning at Indy ranks right up there with winning the Daytona 500. I grew up an open wheel fan and a huge fan of Rick Mears and always wanted to race in the Indy 500. Winning at Indianapolis was pretty special and every time we go there it's just the history and the mystique of the whole race track that I enjoy. You've got the old grandstand and covers, just everything about Indy is just neat for everybody. Track position is really important. Obviously you have to have the whole package. You need horsepower, you need your car to handle good and you have to put yourself in the right position with 25 or 30 laps to go. You also have to capitalize on the last pit stop and be able to have good track position at the end of the race to have a chance to win."

* Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Impala SS: "We've struggled at Indy for some reason - it's definitely on our list of tougher tracks. We were able to get a win there a couple years ago so we know we're a team capable of winning there. We just have to have all the pieces fall into place for us. It seems like it hasn't been bad performances that have kept us from good finishes. We just tend to get caught up in a wreck or have some bad luck in the pits. A solid finish is definitely within reach if we can just stay out of trouble."

* Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 88 AMP Energy/National Guard Impala SS: "Indy is real, real similar to Pocono. The Brickyard is a special race. A bunch of famous drivers have won there, and there's a ton of history. I'm big into the history of this sport. The track was one of the first to gain international recognition for its races. We tire tested there so it was good to get some extra laps. Winning would be cool because there is so much prestige. It (winning) would be special for the team and for me. It's a top-five track as far as places I want to win at over the course of my career."

* Jeff Burton, No. 31 Prilosec OTC Impala SS: "I think it's an honor to go to Indy every year. The history is unbelievable. There is no where we go where you get the sense of people like you do at Indy with the grandstands on both sides of the front straightaway. When you walk out on Sunday afternoon to start that race, it's like nothing else. The driver's introductions there are pretty cool. It's amazing to see that many people and the excitement at Indy is cool. It's an open-wheel sacred-ground race track and the fact that we can go there and race is truly an honor.

"I think the COT performs well on smooth race tracks and will run well at Indy. It's a great place for the COT to shine. Our Impala SS ran extremely well at Pocono and Loudon so our flat track program gives us a lot of optimism going into this weekend. It's the first week back after a weekend off and a lot of teams put a lot of effort into Indy. We try not to put any more effort into Indy than we do any other race. Some teams try harder for Indy but we, overall, try as hard as anybody and I think that's the right approach. Indy is one of those places where I feel we can be successful. Momentum is everything at Indy. It's all about carrying speed through the middle of the corner so that you can be fast off the corner. Indy's corners are different from any other track we race on. They're shorter and there's less corner. The track is perfectly smooth and you have to have really good grip to take advantage of that smoothness. If you are a little bit slow in the middle of the corner, it just carries that speed onto the exit of the corner. So, it's very important to handle in all parts of the corners at Indy. You can't just handle well getting in or getting off, it has to be good in all parts of the corners."

* Clint Bowyer, No. 07 Jack Daniel's Impala SS: "Racing at Indianapolis ... with all the history and tradition and all the people that turn out, it's something you can't explain. It's an experience beyond words. Anytime you have that many people in one place to watch you race is about as cool as it gets. It's unbelievable to think that you're one of the 43 drivers they've come to watch. They may not like you but the bottom line is that enormous crowd is there to watch the series that you're a part of. That's why you always want to run well at Indy It's a square. It's so different than anywhere else we go. It's completely flat. You haul the mail there. You're flying in the corners. You go through the corners fast and they're as flat as can be. You drive around there in a street car at 80 or 90 mph and you think 'I'm going to get in this corner going about 210 and there ain't no way I'm going to make it.' That's exactly what I thought the first time I was there. But, you get through the corners and the track is fun and races well. Indianapolis always puts on a good race."

* Mark Martin, No. 8 US Army Impala SS: "I'm planning on winning the Brickyard in the No. 8 car. We've got the stuff. We've got the team. The cars are awesome on flat tracks (like) Phoenix and Richmond. I have never planned on anything than my plan for the Brickyard. That's the crown jewel. If you look at how that car ran at Phoenix, I believe we can adapt that set-up to work there. The team is strong enough on pit road. Tony Gibson and those guys who work on that car are due a win. They got several disappointments last year when they had great race cars and had failures and what have you. Nothing could make me happier than to see their faces in victory lane."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Burton , Jeff Gordon , Kevin Harvick , Jimmie Johnson , Rick Mears , Clint Bowyer , Mark Martin