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Front Row Motorsports Prepares for Indianapolis; Andretti Heads to Indy with Most Starts Front Row Motorsports/John Andretti Brickyard Fast Facts: * Front Row Motorsports and the No. 34 Chevrolet are currently locked into Sunday's Brickyard...

Front Row Motorsports Prepares for Indianapolis; Andretti Heads to Indy with Most Starts

Front Row Motorsports/John Andretti Brickyard Fast Facts:

* Front Row Motorsports and the No. 34 Chevrolet are currently locked into Sunday's Brickyard 400 by virtue of their 35th place standing in NASCAR Sprint Cup Owner Points.

* Team driver John Andretti will be making his 21st start in competition at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Andretti will be one of only three drivers (Robby Gordon, Juan Pablo Montoya) in the field to have started races competing in NASCAR, IndyCar and the former Champ Car World Series.

* Andretti will enter the race with the most race starts than any other driver at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

John Andretti Comments on Sunday's Brickyard 400:

"Well, I don't know what the problem with tires was last year. I think a lot of people were a little bit shocked by it. I think what happens is, when you diamond grind a track, it leaves some sharp points, basically like concrete. We have a lot of the same issues at Dover until it gets 'rubbered in' as they call it, the tires wear much quicker. Once you run enough, and the rubber fills in the gap, you then find longevity of the tires. I think that's what everybody anticipated would happen last year. It would 'rubber in' and it would be no problem and off they go. The way the tire wore, and the way the track was, it just never 'rubbered in'. I thought it was kind of cool because it was a little bit of a tire management race, but a lot of a pit crew race. It was all about the pit crew because you can make pit stops and keep moving yourself up because guys were just being careful.

"They fixed, they think, all of the tire problems from last season. They really feel they have a good handle on it, I've talked to a few of the different drivers who have tested there and they feel really good about the tire. I think everyone went in with a lot of skepticism, but all the comments have been glowing. I think Goodyear really came out with a great tire and a great result. I don't believe there are going to be any issues.

"The banking and the speeds are unique to Indianapolis, opposed to most other places. Believe it or not, we've actually run the Bristol tire at Indianapolis - kind of an odd match. So, I think that Indy is such a unique animal that it's just always going to produce unique problems. It's just a challenge. It's a challenge for the drivers, for the tire companies, a challenge for the motor builders, so I just think it's hard to do everything right and Indianapolis and that's what goes into it being such a great facility."

-credit: frm

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Front Row Motorsports