Jamie McMurray Wins the Brickyard 400; Chip Ganassi First Team Owner in History to Win Daytona 500, the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 in the Same Year; Team Chevy Drivers Capture Four of Top-Five Finishing Positions and Five of the ...
Jamie McMurray Wins the Brickyard 400; Chip Ganassi First Team Owner in History to Win Daytona 500, the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400 in the Same Year; Team Chevy Drivers Capture Four of Top-Five Finishing Positions and Five of the Top-10
Indianapolis -- Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet, continued this self-described season of a lifetime with today's win of the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He became just the third driver in the 17-year history of the race at the famed Brickyard to win both the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 in the same season.
McMurray started fourth in the 160-lap/400-mile race and ran solidly in the top-five for the majority of the race. He led twice for a total of 16 laps, the final time for the last 11 laps.
McMurray's victory put team owner Chip Ganassi in a class of his own by becoming the first team owner in history to win the Daytona 500, the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400 in the same season.
This victory marked the 12th time a Chevrolet driver has won the Brickyard 400; and McMurray's win was the eighth consecutive for Team Chevy.
Team Chevy drivers captured four of the top-five and five of the top-10 finishing positions in race No. 20 of the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) season.
Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet, finished second to extend his points lead to 184 points with six races remaining before the start of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Clint Bowyer, No. 33 Wheaties Fuel Chevrolet, remains in 12th position in the Race to the Chase point standings with a fourth place finish in the Brickyard 400.
Two-time NSCS champion Tony Stewart, No. 14 Old Spice/Office Depot Chevrolet, finished fifth and remains ninth in the standings.
Jeff Burton, No. 31 Prilosec OTC Chevrolet, took the checkered flag in sixth place. He sits seventh in the point standings.
Jeff Gordon, No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet, struggled with handling issues throughout the race, only able to collect a 23rd place finish. The four-time NSCS champion remains second in the standings.
Four-time defending NSCS champion Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet, also suffered handling woes and crossed the finish line in 22nd place. Johnson is now fourth in the points order.
Pole sitter Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet, led the most laps in today's race until a two-car accident on lap 146 sent him to the garage. He was scored with the 32nd finishing position.
Greg Biffle (Ford-third) completed the top-five finishers.
The next stop for the Series will be on August 1, 2010 at Pocono Raceway.
JAMIE MCMURRAY, NO. 1 BASS PRO SHOPS/TRACKER BOATS CHEVROLET, RACE WINNER:
IS THIS A GOOD LUCK BABY? "It is a popular item in the Cup garage for sure right now. Exciting day for us for Bass Pro Shops, McDonald's, Coca Cola. Everybody that is a part of our organization. Target...it is unbelievable the races that Chip Ganassi Racing has won this year with the Indy 500, and honestly almost winning the 24 Hours of Daytona too. It is unbelievable and the greatest racing year of my life."
TALK ABOUT WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO HAVE TWO OF THE CROWN JEWELS OF THE SEASON: "I'm running the last 10 laps of this thing and just praying every lap there isn't going to be a caution and that my car was going to have the grip I needed. It is remarkable to be put in this position. Honestly, I'm in shock right now."
WHEN BONO (CREW CHIEF KEVIN MANION) MADE THE TWO TIRE CALL WHAT WAS YOUR THOUGHT? "I thought I had a flat tire on the front, but I knew if we put four tires on, we weren't going to have a chance to win. I didn't feel like we could pass the cars we needed to. He said that and when we came in, we didn't have a flat. Man, when it is your day, It is your day. Everything just worked out. Our pit crew did a great job getting us off of pit road, really fast every time. It is just remarkable."
HOW ARE YOU GOING TO FEEL WHEN YOU KISS THE BRICKS? "Oh, I can't wait!" "At the end of the race my car was real tight and he gave me the outside and it just gave me what I needed and my car was better at the end. And with 10 laps to go I'm just like 'do what you have got to do and don't worry about those guys'. It was a really good day and I have to thank Sprint and all the fans in the stands here because it was really hot here today and hot in the car and these guys stuck with us all day and it was an awesome day.
TALK ABOUT YOUR DAY: "Just so happy for Bass Pro Shops, McDonald's, Coke-Cola, Oakley Sunglasses, and everybody that has stuck behind me when things weren't as great as they could have been..........it's unreal right now. And how about Chip winning the 500, both of them. It's awesome. I don't know what happened to Juan but he obviously had the dominate car again and its horrible the luck that team is having but great race cars. The guys at our shop are doing an awesome job and we are just a great team right now and I am very happy and (Steve) Bono made a great call to take two tires."
WHAT ABOUT GIVING CHIP THE TRIFECTA NOW. I KNOW YOU PROBABLY TRIED TO NOT THINK ABOUT IT THIS WEEK, BUT THAT IS A BIG DEAL. "Yeah, I mean honestly when Juan was leading and I was in second, and I am a big believer in fate and I just thought this is the way it's meant to be. I thought well I won the (Daytona) 500 and Dario won the (Indianapolis)500 and then Juan is going to win this race. I really thought this was his day but it just shows you that you never give up and you just drive your heart out every lap."
ALL THE RACES PAY THE SAME IN POINTS BUT WHAT IS IT ABOUT YOU WINNING THESE BIG RACES? "Well we have been really good at these races.......what they call the big events and this car has sat on the pole twice and all three races it's been in the top five. I think a first, a second and a fifth. It's a really good car and I didn't want to tear it up on the frontstretch doing the burnout but I am just shocked that won the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 500 in the same year. Its been an unbelievable year."
YOU SAY YOU WANT TO USE THE CAR AGAIN, SO WHAT'S NEXT ON YOUR LIST? "I don't know because I don't make the decisions on that but I assume it's going to come pretty quick."
CHIP GANASSI, TEAM OWNER:
THE CROWN JEWELS BELONG TO YOU THIS YEAR, YOU HAVE THE DAYTONA 500, YOU HAVE THE INDY 500 AND NOW THE BRICKYARD 400, WHAT A SEASON: "I'll tell you what, I'm speechless. I'm lucky and privileged to be in this business. I am honored to work with the people I work with. That is all I can tell you. I'm the luckiest guy on the planet. You wouldn't dare dream this, you wouldn't dare to dream this kind of year. That is the kind of year it has been."
KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 SHELL-PENNZOIL CHEVROLET, FINISHED 2ND:
GREAT RUN TODAY, YOU HAVE WON THIS RACE BEFORE AND CAME VERY CLOSE AGAIN TODAY "Yeah, on the first restart there we got a really good restart and my car reacted really well and on the second one......I just went into one and had to wait on the throttle a really long time because the car started chattering and Jaime just drove around me and it pushed the whole run there. So a good day and we didn't have a winning car but Gil (Martin) gave us a chance to win by putting two tires on and giving us track position and I think we had a top-five car all day but I don't know that we were as fast as the 16 and 42 and even the 1 there at the end and all during the day he was a little bit better than us. But good day for us and glad we came home second and thought we had a chance to win but we just didn't make it happen."
TELL US ABOUT THAT LAST RESTART WHEN JAIME GOT AROUND YOU "I got tight going into turn one there in the middle and just had to wait on my car and Jaime was able to carry the momentum around on the outside. The first restart my car actually took off and we were able to get by him but my car never acted like that again but it was a good day for our Shell-Pennzoil Chevy and everybody did a great job just putting us in position. I felt like we had a top five car, but didn't have a winning car and we had a chance to win there at the end but just came up a little short."
HOW DO YOU PUT IN PERSPECTIVE THE STRIDES THAT THIS ORGANIZATION HAS MADE IN A YEARS TIME? "It's pretty hard to put it in perspective just for the fact that last year we were at best, a mid-pack car on a good day and this was kind of the turnaround where it started and where last year we got our new cars and even today when I say we had a top-five car and was capable of winning because we took a chance and were able to run fast enough to have a chance......with our cars last year we couldn't even take that chance because they weren't fast enough and we would wind up in the way. But good job to Gil and all the guys."
CLINT BOWYER, NO. 33 WHEATIES FUEL CHEVROLET, FINISHED 4TH:
TALK ABOUT THOSE CLOSING LAPS AND SOME HARD RACING OUT THERE WITH TONY STEWART "Yeah it was....it got kind of.........he was on good tires and I kind of dive-bombed in there. Got in there and pushed a little bit and I think I got him loose, I don't think I got in to him. Just got him loose, just got too close to him. But I was like 'oh, man, don't wreck him' and he got it gathered back up and he got going for a couple laps and gathered my courage back up to go back and pass him. I had a lot of fun out there and the Wheaties Fuel Chevrolet was really strong all weekend long and not what we wanted but still a good show."
FOR WHAT ITS WORTH IT LOOKED LIKE ON THE REPLAY YOU DIDN'T TOUCH HIM BUT STILL A GOOD POINTS DAY "Yes, it was."
TONY STEWART, NO. 14 OLD SPICE/OFFICE DEPOT CHEVROLET, FINISHED 5TH:
IT WASN'T A WIN BUT A GOOD SHOWING HERE AT THE BRICKYARD "That feels like a win comparing where we were yesterday. This car has been terrible all weekend but I am really proud of Darian Grubb and these guys and how hard they worked to make it as good as it was today. I am happy we had a good solid run for Old Spice today with their headquarters in Cincinnati. We are losing them at the end of the year, but we had a great run with them for 11 years so I am happy we got this run for them."
ON THE RACE AS A WHOLE... "I'm really proud of Darian Grubb (crew chief) and all these guys on this Old Spice/Office Depot team. We were a 20th-place car last night, and Darian did a good job overnight of just making us better. We just went out and did it. The guys had great pit stops. The last two pit stops were very, very critical in getting us some track position. We got some breaks there on one of the restarts that got us about three spots, so that got us the best track position we had all day. Those two tires weren't good enough to hold on at the end there, but we were a solid car.
"It was because we had a two-tire stop that got us there, but we had a good car that we just kept gaining on all day and kept getting track position. If somebody would've said we were going to finish in the top-five I would've told them they were crazy. We were not a top-five car last night. We were a 20th-place racecar. I'm really proud of Darian Grubb. He did not give up last night. He stayed up late working on simulation programs and trying to figure out what we could do to be better, and the results showed it today.This is a tough place to pass, so if you can get that opportunity with 10 to go you've got to take advantage of it. Just getting that track position with 10 to go was key.
"It's just been a hot three days and I've been dehydrated because we've been sick. I'm proud of how good I feel right now, to be honest. That's due to the Clarian Medical Center here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. They've worked with me the last two nights trying to get me feeling better and because of that, that got us where we are today."
ON THE CREW... "They did a great job. We had a decent car today. We didn't have a great car at the beginning and they kept working and kept making it better and we just finally got some track position at the end. We were really good after about a third of the way through the run. Once we got up there and got with the guys we were going to be racing with at the end there -- the two tires weren't necessarily the hot ticket, but it got us some track position and we probably finished better taking that gamble than we if we would've taken four.
"Feels almost like a win to be honest. When we finished Happy Hour yesterday, I was in doom and gloom mood and we were honestly about a 20th-place racecar at the end of Happy Hour. I'm really proud of Darian Grubb my crew chief and just how hard he fought overnight and staying up and working late and trying to figure out how to make this a better racecar. The pit crew really stepped up and had two awesome pit stops at the end that got us some track position that got us up there where we could at least fight for a top-five."
DID THE TRACK CHANGE DUE TO THE OVERNIGHT RAIN? "This place is really temperature-sensitive and very rubber-sensitive, and just starting off today with all the rain, it didn't pull up all the rubber, but it pulled up enough rubber that cars were a little free at the beginning, and by the time we got back to the competition caution at lap 15, it was pretty much back to where it ended up after Happy Hour. It really didn't change a lot. I honestly thought the track was going to just keep tightening up all day, but once we got 20-25 laps into it, it just kind of settled into what it was and didn't change after that."
SUMMARY OF HIS RACE... "The two tires got us some track position there at the end. We were a little bit too free back to the gas. I'm so proud of Darian and all the guys on this Old Spice/Office Depot team. We were probably about a 20th-place racecar last night after Happy Hour and to get a top-five today feels like a win. Darian stayed up late last night and was working through different simulations and trying to figure out what combinations we could use to make this thing better. It was a long weekend. I'm glad we had a great weekend for Old Spice. This is a home race for them with Procter and Gamble being in Cincinnati. We're going to lose them at the end of the year, but I've had a great run with them for 11 years now and I'm just really appreciative of everything that Old Spice has done and everything Office Depot does for us, too. It was a good weekend for us."
IS A WIN RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER? "We're still lacking, I'll be honest. I wish I could say we are where we need to be, but I'm proud of our organization. All of our guys at Stewart-Haas Racing who don't get to come to the racetrack on the weekend -- they've really been working hard. The engineers have been working long hours and staying afterward each day, trying to make us better and that's all as a driver and especially as a car owner you can ask for is the hard effort these guys are putting forth."
JEFF BURTON, NO. 31 PRILOSEC OTC CHEVROLET, FINISHED 6TH:
ON HIS RACE: "We didn't run as I thought we would. We fought grip all day. Didn't have the grip I thought we would. Just not as good as we thought, but we did ok. Not great, but ok. We had a solid day, we need to do better. But, if that is going to be a bad day, that's good. It was hot, but it wasn't terrible, my guys did a lot of work last night to my car a little better, so it wasn't that bad."
DALE EARNHARDT, JR., NO. 88 AMP ENERGY/NATIONAL GUARD CHEVROLET, FINISHED 27TH:
ON HIS RACE: "The car was really good. Right in the middle of the race, it got real tight, then we fixed it. I felt like we were pretty good coming up through there. Right at the end, I felt like we had a good car, a good top-10 car. (Juan Pablo) Montoya got in the fence there and just kind of pulled down and stopped in front of us. I was side-by-side with somebody.
I didn't even see him hit the wall, I didn't even know there was a car in the wall until he came across the No. 47 (Marcos Ambrose) hood and there he was, I ran right in the back of them, nowhere to go."
IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU AND LANCE REALLY WORKED HARD TOGETHER TODAY TO GET THE CAR BETTER: "We did. We got it much much better. He did some great adjustments at the end. I was real happy. I was working our way into a top-10 finish there for sure. I felt pretty confident about that."
BRIAN PATTIE, CREW CHIEF FOR JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 42 TARGET CHEVROLET- SIDELINED BY ACCIDENT, FINISHED 32ND:
"Bad call. Crew chief error. We should have taken two tires."
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET -- FINISHED 22ND:
AN EVENTFUL DAY FROM START TO FINISH; WHAT HAPPENED EARLIER? "Well, we were just trying to make the car better on the pit stops. We took some time early in the race to adjust the car and correct the tight in. My car was just so tight in. I had guys out-braking me at a track where you really don't charge the corner. We were really confused as to why. Maybe something went on with a shock or something in the front, although we changed both shocks thinking that might be it. And that didn't really correct the problem. And from Chicago we had this as well where at a certain point in the race we just got real tight and then today it happened after that first caution that we had at 15 laps of something. After that it just got real tight in and I just couldn't go anywhere."
YOU'VE HAD THREE FINISHES NOW 22ND OR WORSE. THAT'S NOT LIKE JIMMIE JOHNSON AND THE NO. 48 TEAM. HOW ARE YOU GUYS LOOKING AHEAD TO POCONO? "Man you just never know each week. It doesn't matter if the No. 11 (Denny Hamlin) car has been on a roll at times and we've been on a roll at times and the No. 29 (Kevin Harvick), whoever it is, nobody seems to be able to sustain for a long time. So the only saving grace I see right now is that no one has been able to link together a long stretch outside of the No. 29. He's been awfully tough. Good thing this race isn't in the Chase. That's a good thing I can look at. But we'll move on and we'll be stronger. There's no doubt about it."
WHY WAS THIS A TOUGH DAY FOR HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS OVERALL? IT SEEMS LIKE THERE WERE A LOT OF STRUGGLES OUT THERE "We didn't expect it to be. We had a good practice session and slept well last night, really. I had high expectations for today. So at this point, I'm a little confused."
AS A FORMER WINNER, IS IT DISAPPOINTING TO HAVE THIS MANY STRUGGLES AT A PLACE WHERE YOU'VE HAD SUCCESS? "Yeah, you want to win every race you can; especially the big ones. So, I'm disappointed with today but this track has been real good to us over the last four years. We've had three wins. Now we'll move on and be smarter and refine our package more for the future."
WHAT WAS IT LIKE IN DIRTY AIR IN TRAFFIC TODAY? "Man, my car wasn't driving right so it's real tough to say. But I didn't see many people moving forward. You'd get one or two positions and then that was it. So, I think it's more difficult to pass with the spoiler and it's just because there is no air coming below the wing like we used to have and it would allow the air to get lower earlier. No that spoiler just kicks the air even higher and makes a bigger hole behind the car."
WHAT WAS THE PROBLEM TODAY? "I'm not really sure. We had real high expectations for the day. We just had a really bad under steer problem on corner entry and to the center that we couldn't get out of it. We made some attempts during caution flags and made some big changes on pit road but nothing really woke the car up. So we'll have to dig in and find out what happened."
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET -- FINISHED 23RD:
WHAT HAPPENED OUT THERE TODAY? "Oh, I saw the No. 9 (Kasey Kane) and the No. 29 Kevin Harvick) kind of come together a little bit racing hard and I got a good run on them and made up a couple of positions. We really struggled today with the DuPont Chevrolet. Track position is so important here. We see that all the time. We've had a good car at times but just not good enough one to drive up through there. We're just kind of doing our best and all of a sudden I felt a big vibration. I thought I had a loose wheel but then they said the splitter was vibrating and then I don't know; it must have broken off and cut the right-side tires. I just went along for a ride. I got pretty lucky actually with it. We didn't tear the car up down there in Turn 1. And we fixed it the best we could and just brought it home."
DID YOU NOTICE ANY DIFFERENCE BY RUNNING A SPOILER HERE INSTEAD OF A WING? "Well, there's a huge difference from what we used to have. I mean this tire lasts, no problem. The tire issue we had was purely because we ran over something. I give Goodyear a lot of credit from that sense. But we're really struggling trying to pass out there and my car didn't feel any better on lap 1 than it did on lap 15 so I think there are some things they can do to improve it even if they can keep the wear good. Right now, I think that with this surface here at Indy and our cars and as much as we use up right side tires, I think this is probably the best of both worlds."
TELL US ABOUT YOUR DAY "We just didn't have it. We looked pretty good in qualifying but I thought in practice we were going to be better, but I don't know about my teammates and whether they ever got out in front in clean air. I thought Jimmie (Johnson) did one time and couldn't maintain it. I know he struggled and so did we. As a group, we'll go back and review everything and try to see what we're missing and we'll pay attention to the competition. This is a unique place. We all want to win here.
"But to be honest with you, towards the championship, this race other than giving a team momentum, there's not a whole lot that correlates to the other tracks that we go to. So we tried some (but) it didn't work and we feel pretty confident in what we have going forward."
CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE DAY OVERALL FOR HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS? "Well I can't put myself into their position; I don't know exactly what went on. I just know from our standpoint we were just never good. There just didn't seem like there was ever a point on the track where we were really good. A couple of times I thought we were good off of Turn 2; but that's about it. I struggled in every one of the corners. I saw guys that could move up there further like the NO. 99 (Carl Edwards) and the No. 14 (Tony Stewart) and so there is obviously a way that we can do better."
WHAT WAS IT LIKE IN CLEAN AIR AND HOW DID THAT COMPARE TO PAST YEARS HERE? "Similar. This is one of the toughest places that there is and as far as being in traffic, it's just really, really tough to pass. And then that was the case again today."
WHAT CAUSED YOUR TIRE BLOWOUT? "I think I ran over a piece of my splitter. What I don't know is what broke the splitter. There was a bunch of action going on down the back straightaway and we were three-wide and I don't know if I just ran over something; I'm not really sure. We're going to go back and find out. But I'm pretty sure that when that splitter broke, I ran over it and it cut the right rear (tire), but the right front (tire) was going on as well. I got lucky we didn't hurt the car any worse. We were just salvaging what we could out of the day. To be honest with you, (finishing) 23rd for what we went through today, wasn't that bad."
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