Indianapolis: GM Racing preview

CHEVY RACING AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY -- JEFF CHEW, MARKETING MANAGER-NASCAR, CHEVY RACING: "We're looking forward to bringing the all-new Team Chevy Racing Display back to Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The fans were extremely receptive when...

CHEVY RACING AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY -- JEFF CHEW, MARKETING MANAGER-NASCAR, CHEVY RACING: "We're looking forward to bringing the all-new Team Chevy Racing Display back to Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The fans were extremely receptive when we visited during the Indianapolis 500, and we look forward to returning to the famed Brickyard, where fans will be able to get autographs from the favorite drivers, learn about the newest Chevrolet products and drive those very same vehicles. And, you can visit the new Team Chevy Winner's Circle Photo Trailer, where you can get a framed picture with your favorite Chevrolet driver, or spend some time testing their skills on one of our racing simulator games. It's going to be a great time."


* Fans can visit Chevy Racing Display located inside Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) near the IMS Hall of Fame Museum, from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and 7 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday

* Activities at the Chevy Racing Display include a Victory Lane "green screen" photo taken at the Team Chevy Winner's Circle Photo Trailer

* The Chevy Display Kid Zone will feature games and prizes a gaming Pit Cart and Wii Game system

* Fans are encouraged to bring old cell phones to Chevy Display and donate in drop box for Cell Phones for Soldiers program. First 100 fans donating gently used cell phones will receive a hat, courtesy of the GM Military Discount program

* Riki Rachtman will be the Chevy Stage Emcee for the weekend

* Autograph sessions at the Chevy Racing Display on Friday include Miss Sprint Cup at 10 a.m., Bryan Clauson at 10:30 a.m., and Ryan Newman at 12 noon (wristbands required; distribution will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will be limited to the first 150 fans)

* Chevy drivers Q&A sessions from the Chevy Stage on Friday include: Jamie McMurray at 11 a.m., Clint Bowyer at 11:15 a.m., Jeff Burton at 11:30 a.m., Ryan Newman at 11:45 a.m., Juan Pablo Montoya at 12 noon, Jeff Gordon at 12:15 p.m., and Tony Stewart at 12:15 p.m. on the Chevy Stage

* On Sunday, Chevy pit crews for Jamie McMurray and Jeff Burton will sign autographs at the Chevy Display at 9 a.m.

* Chevy drivers Q&A sessions from the Chevy Stage on Sunday include Jamie McMurray at 9:45 a.m., Dale Earnhardt Jr. at 10 a.m., and Jimmie Johnson at 10:30 a.m. on the Chevy Stage.

TEAM CHEVY AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY -- PAT SUHY, GM RACING NASCAR GROUP MANAGER: "After a well deserved weekend off, Team Chevy's Sprint Cup contingent will be arriving in Indy this week for the seventeenth running of the Brickyard 400. Chevy drivers have had great success at the track, bringing home eleven wins, including seven of the last seven. It's not luck that got those wins, by any means. Indianapolis Motor Speedway is unique on the Sprint Cup tour, with long flat straightaways and only nine degrees of banking in each of the four corners. It takes a good car to be successful. The teams need to find that balance between drag and downforce that allows them to maximize speed on those long straightaways, and have good speed in the corners. Toward the end of the race, the pressure is really on the drivers and pit crews to have good fast stops to get the driver the best track position possible for the last fuel run of the race.

"With our proven track record in Indy, and a productive tire test in June for many of our teams, I'm looking forward to having another opportunity to "kiss the bricks" at the end of the race on Sunday with a Team Chevy driver and crew."


KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 SHELL-PENNZOIL CHEVROLET -- POINT STANDINGS LEADER: "Indy has a lot of tradition. It's one of those places where everybody wants to win. It's the second place in that you check off in the year that you want to try to win the race next to Daytona. We've been fortunate to win there and know what that feels like. And, growing up as a fan of Indy Cars and really wanting to race open-wheel cars and to be able to win there and just to compete there is pretty cool. Track position is pretty key there. Obviously you need to have a fast car and usually Indy is the place where everybody brings out all their new stuff to try to take that next step on performance and hopefully we do that. I know we have a plan to do that and I think we will. You car has got to turn but you've got to be able to lay the throttle down and still maintain grip up off the corner."

JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET -- 2ND IN STANDINGS: "When I first heard about it, (NASCAR racing at the Brickyard) I thought it was too good to be true, and that there was no way that it was ever going to happen because that was just like a dream for me. I thought when I chose to go NASCAR racing, or got chosen that there was no way that I was ever going to race at Indy and I kind of hated that that dream that I've had since I was a young kid was going to go away. That was the best news I've ever heard. I certainly was excited about it and never thought we'd go there and win it, and then when we did, I honestly still look back on it and it felt like somebody needed to pinch me, wake me up because it wasn't real."

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET -- 3RD IN STANDINGS: "I have a lot of memories watching the (Indianapolis) 500 with my grandfather and my dad. And then even watching the (Brickyard) 400 - watching Earnhardt fight so hard to be the first car on track for that test session, Jeff (Gordon) winning the inaugural race. It's definitely a race that I'm excited to go to. And the history of the track means a lot to me and the fact that I've won three there means a lot to me as well. It would be a huge honor to join the list of four time winners; just to win there once is a career maker for anyone. So to have three victories there means a lot to me and when I went to do the winners circle appearance a month or so ago, I was there with Rick Mears and to see him as a four-time winner and to talk about his experiences at the track and what it's done for his life and career was neat and helped me open my eyes to his world and the open-wheel world there. So I'm pumped and excited."

JEFF BURTON, NO. 31 PRILOSEC OTC CHEVROLET -- 7TH IN STANDINGS: "Well I don't think the Brickyard 400 became bigger than I thought it would because I thought it would be a huge deal for us to be there. I think being at the Brickyard with NASCAR is an unbelievable experience. Certainly, twenty years ago if I had mentioned that we might be going to the Brickyard, I think everybody would have believed that that would never happen. I've been fortunate enough to run every race there and it's a hell of an experience to be quite honest. To be able to go there and see everything that goes on--it's just a whole different world. It's a big race--it's a really big race. The things that are in front of me that really mean a lot to me are winning a championship, winning the Daytona 500, and certainly the Brickyard is on that list as well."

TONY STEWART, NO. 14 OLD SPICE/OFFICE DEPOT CHEVROLET, 9TH IN STANDINGS: "I'll be honest, when I first heard about the test that was going to happen there (at IMS), I was against it. I've always said that. But on that day, I was a guy that had grown up in Indiana. I remember the month of May literally being the full month of May at Indianapolis and I was against it. But, after seeing the test session there and after the first race there, it was like Wow, this really does work and it really does belong there. I was against it because I thought that the Indy 500 was the only thing that deserved to be at the Brickyard. But, as time has gone and obviously what we have seen with the success of the Brickyard 400, Formula One came in, I thought it was a great idea. You realize that you have got this great facility and to be able to bring the major forms of racing into one facility like that was a pretty cool deal."

CLINT BOWYER, NO. 33 WHEATIES FUEL CHEVROLET -- 12TH IN STANDINGS: "I love going to Indianapolis. I'm not going to lie to you; I don't like the race track (laughs). I mean it is what it is. The history and tradition behind it is very special and it's a huge opportunity and a privilege to race on it. I understand the significance of Indianapolis. But I do enjoy going to the town and the city and to the race track. What other race track has a golf course in the middle of it? My first time there was pretty incredible. It's been rough since then. But our cars are running good this year. They've been good on the big tracks. Our horsepower is really good and I think those are good qualities that you've got to have for Indy in order to have a good run on Sunday."

DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 88 AMP ENERGY/NATIONAL GUARD CHEVROLET -- 13TH IN STANDINGS: "When somebody asks me what it would feel like to win here, I think about the open-wheel history of this track, and I think about drivers like (Mario) Andretti and (A.J.) Foyt and the guys even before them. I think about the history of this track and how it's survived the war and closed down and opened back up and everything that it's been through. When they first brought stock cars here to practice, it was a realization for a lot of people, including myself, being an aspiring driver at the time, that I may have a chance one day to race at Indianapolis that I otherwise didn't think that I would have unless I was to go in the open-wheel series."

MARK MARTIN, NO. 5 GODADDY.COM CHEVROLET -- 14TH IN STANDINGS: "I don't usually say that I want to win one race over another, but Indy is different. Well, Indy and the Daytona 500. Of course those two stand apart from the rest. I was just so grateful, last year, to have a chance at the win. To be up there, racing with 'Superman (Jimmie Johnson)' and having a shot at winning the thing. I gave it everything I had, and honestly those last three laps or so, I'm surprised I didn't wreck. I was definitely putting it over the edge. There's nothing more I could have done. It's hard to be that close and not win, but you also have to be happy that you were there fighting for it. When NASCAR first started coming to Indy, I thought it was a mistake. I knew what it would mean to the sport to have a race there, but I just didn't think it would happen. I didn't think this type of car, a stock car, would be good on that kind of track. I can honestly say now that I was wrong. I love going back to Indy to race. It's been a tremendous addition to the NASCAR schedule, and I think it's great for all of the stock car fans that NASCAR races on that track."

RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 39 HAAS AUTOMATION CHEVROLET -- 16TH IN STANDINGS: "I really enjoy the racetrack at Indy. It's a lot of fun. It's a great place to be out front with the clean air because it's flat. But just the history and the prestige of this speedway is what everybody really enjoys. The Brickyard is so special just because of the history of motorsports in my eyes. It's not the greatest track for side-by-side racing. It is still not the raciest race track we go too. Indy is the fastest and flattest racetrack that we go to. That combination makes for more difficult racing, and track position becomes much more important. But like I said, for me, it's all about, the history of the speedway, the history of our sport, the amount of fans that show up, the amount of fans that are in the state of Indiana is huge. Just being a part of it is special. To me, it's not about being from Indiana -- it's more about the Brickyard itself. It's The race, the speedway, the history of all the drivers that have walked through the garage area or driven across the yard of bricks. To think about that, makes just being a part of it an honor to me. But a win at Indy would be big for sure. Not as big as the Daytona 500, but it would be a great win. It would be special to me because I have so much family in the area, and I grew up racing around the area -- the history of the sport and the history of my career at the track would make it a big deal in my eyes."

JAMIE MCMURRAY, NO. 1 BASS PRO SHOPS/TRACKER BOATS CHEVROLET -- 18TH IN STANDINGS: "Every year we have the chance to race at Indianapolis and it is such a great track because of all the history and tradition there. Indy is a track that is on every driver's list of places where they would like to win and I've always looked forward to our race there. Coming from a weekend off, well a weekend full of some awesome kart racing in Wisconsin, I'm really looking forward to getting back into the No.1 Chevrolet. We'll welcome back Bass Pro Shops this week as our primary after having a great weekend in McDonald's hometown at Chicagoland. So, we hope to make Johnny Morris and all the folks at Bass Pro Shops just as happy with their colors on the car. Indy is just special, it would be really special for me to do well there, but to win would be really neat as Chip would once again become the first owner in history to win both the Indy 500 and the Brickyard 400. We've set a lot of awesome milestones this year, and to say that I'd like to do it again at Indy would be an understatement!"

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 42 TARGET CHEVROLET -- 21ST IN STANDINGS: "There is so much history involved when you go to Indianapolis Motor Speedway and it's great to be a part of it. I try to treat it like any other race weekend but there are high expectations heading into this weekend. We've had strong cars all year and we were fast at the tire test, and after last year's performance people are expecting big things. The goal is to win races whether it be at Indy or Martinsville and hopefully it'll come (the win) sooner than later."

REGAN SMITH, NO. 78 FARM AMERICAN CHEVROLET -- 30th IN STANDINGS: "This is going to be a special weekend for Furniture Row Racing as we will be paying tribute to the American farmer and rancher. We will have a special paint scheme on our No. 78 Chevrolet promoting U.S. agriculture, which employs directly and indirectly more than 22 million people in the American workforce. The Farm American program is special to me since my mother and father both grew up on a farm. It's just an exciting weekend all around. When I drive through the tunnel at Indianapolis Motor Speedway the adrenalin always seems to kick up a few notches. If you don't feel something special when you go to Indy then you shouldn't be involved in auto racing."

BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 09 PHOENIX CONSTRUCTION CHEVROLET -- 31ST IN STANDINGS: "I wouldn't be able to have the opportunity to earn my 600th consecutive Sprint Cup start without the help of James Finch and Phoenix Racing. Things are still very much up in the air for me and it's been really great to be able to work with this group of guys. To be able to look at the list of athletes with milestone consecutive starts like mine is very humbling. It really is cool to think that I am amongst some of these athletes that I admire. It's a special milestone and I really look forward to continuing this streak. Racing is in my blood, it's what fuels me. The Brickyard 400 is a great race. It has the same effect Daytona does in February, kicking off the second part of the season. It's very flat but the corners are very sharp. The straight-aways are really long and each corner is different. It's really hard to pass here at this track so your qualifying position is really important. Since we qualify early in the morning, those guys who get a good draw and go out first are going to go a lot faster. Since we will go out near the end of qualifying, we will work really hard on our qualifying trim during practices to get the best starting position that we can."

-source: gm racing

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