Roush Racing Fast Facts - Mark Martin moves into Indy boasting top-10 finishes in five of the last eight races, including a third-place run last week at Pocono. Martin will be looking for his first career win at the famed 2.5-mile race track.
Roush Racing Fast Facts
- Mark Martin moves into Indy boasting top-10 finishes in five of the last eight races, including a third-place run last week at Pocono. Martin will be looking for his first career win at the famed 2.5-mile race track. With only five races before the cut-off, Martin has been consistent, finishing inside the top-15 in seven of the last eight races.
- Martin's third-place finish at Pocono kept him in seventh, but more importantly gave the No. 6 118 points of breathing room from 10th place. After 20 races Martin is currently 47 points out of fifth and 309 behind first.
- Martin has finished inside the top 10 in seven of his 11 starts at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He ran inside the top five for much of the race last season, before cutting a tire on the final lap and dropping back to a 25th-place finish. Martin's success at the Brickyard has been a story of hot and cold. He finished 35th in the inaugural race there in '98 after getting caught up in an accident, before reeling off five straight top-six runs from '95-'99. Martin has finished either top nine, or 22nd or worse in all 11 of his starts at Indy.
- Martin will run the third of four special retro-paint schemes that commemorate his 'Salute To You' tour this weekend at the Brickyard. Martin will run the Retro-90 scheme that he originally ran on the car in 1990 and 91. Martin finished second in the points with the scheme in 1990. He scored 30 top-top five and 40 top-10 finishes, eight poles and four wins in that two year span, with wins at Richmond on 2/25/90, Michigan on 8/19/90, North Wilkesboro on 9/30/90, and Atlanta on 11/17/91.
- With the 17th place finish in Pocono two weeks ago, Greg Biffle dropped to third in the point standings but lost only 10 points on leader Jimmie Johnson.
- Biffle led 17 laps in Pocono, which puts his current total at 1,012 laps led so far this season.
- Biffle will be racing the signature red, white and blue National Guard paint scheme this weekend in Indy.
- In his five starts at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Matt Kenseth has finished in the top-five twice.
- Kenseth will be running car number 20 on Sunday in Indianapolis. In the 2005 season, this car has competed in Richmond and in the June race at Pocono. Car number 20 was tested at Indy in April of this year. This car also won at Las Vegas in 2003 and 2004.
- Kurt Busch remained fifth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series standings following his win at Pocono before the off-weekend. Busch has closed the gap from point leader Jimmie Johnson to 262 points.
- Busch has been in the top 10 for 19 of 20 race weeks thus far in 2005. Busch has four top-10 finishes in his last five races, including top-fives at Loudon and Sonoma and a win at Pocono.
- Busch has three top-10 finishes in four career starts at Indianapolis. His best finish at Indy was fifth in 2001.
- The No. 97 team brings the purple and gold of Crown Royal to the Brickyard for the fourth time this season.
- The Crown Royal team brings chassis #70 in Indy, a brand new chassis that has only seen track time during a test at the Brickyard on July 5 and 6. Chassis #60 also participated in the two-day test, and will serve as the back-up car.
- Busch turned 27 years old on Thursday, August 4th after spending the final remaining off-weekend on the NEXTEL Cup schedule in Europe to attend the Hungarian Grand Prix. "I'm intrigued by this sport, on how it looks and how the people operate, and just the excitement," Busch said. "It is so different for me (compared to NASCAR). It is my only off weekend, and here I am at a racetrack halfway around the world."
- Carl Edwards will compete in three different series this week in Indianapolis, IN. He kicks off the race week Thursday night at Indianapolis Raceway Park (IRP) when he races in the Silver Crown Series race for RE Technologies. He will then race the No. 60 Charter Ford in the Busch Series race at IRP on Saturday night and finally the No. 99 AAA Ford on Sunday at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Brickyard 400.
- This will be Edwards's first career start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The team did test in preparation for the event back in July.
- In 33 career NEXTEL Cup starts Edwards has accrued two wins (Atlanta & Pocono in 2005), seven top five and 13 top 10 finishes. In 2005 Edwards currently sits 12th in the overall point standings with two wins, six top-five and eight top-10 finishes. In the last two weeks Edwards has gained in the point standings and is now 439 points out of first and sits just 12 points out of 10th.
- Edwards will be in the No. 99 AAA Ford for the second time in 2005. The AAA paint scheme debuted earlier this year at Michigan and will be run again at the second Michigan race in a couple weeks.
Team: No. 6 Viagra® Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Pat Tryson
Chassis: RK-314 (new chassis -- tested at Indy in July)
Martin on racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway: "Indianapolis is a race track with a lot of history and we'd love to go win one there this weekend. We really liked the car when we tested there a few weeks ago and we do expect to be pretty strong. We had a strong car there last year and would have gotten a good finish, but we ran over something on the last lap and had to settle for 25th. Hopefully we can go there and finish the job this week. I enjoy racing at Indy and we've had some really good runs there over the years. I think we finished second there once but we'd like nothing more than to put another retro car in victory lane there this weekend.
"We've had some pretty good runs lately and we've finally put some breathing room between us and 10th place, which is something that we wanted to do. We would prefer to be locked into that top 10 down the stretch, rather than having to fight our way in tooth and nail like we did last year. Hopefully that way we can put all our emphasis on those last 10 races and going after that championship."
Crew Chief Pat Tryson on racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway: "We tested there two weeks ago and we really liked the car that we are taking, which is a new car. We had a really good race there a year ago and Mark was able to come up through the field on a couple of different occasions, so we know what he is capable of doing there. If we can get the car set up the way he needs it, then we should be a factor on Sunday."
Team: No. 16 National Guard Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Doug Richert
Chassis: RK-239 (won at Michigan earlier this year)
Biffle on racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway: "Racing at Indy is always exciting and this year we're taking the car we won with in Michigan, so I'm ready to get there and get back to racing. We tested this car at Indy a few weeks ago and we feel like it will be the best car for us this weekend. It would mean a lot to win at Indy because of the racing history there and I think we've got a chance at it."
Crew Chief Doug Richert on racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway: "We're taking the car we won with in Michigan earlier this year. We tested it at Indy a few weeks ago and feel pretty good about taking it back for the race. We had a pretty good run there last year, so we've got something to build on for this time around. As far as the 'Race to the Chase' goes, I think we've got a pretty good cushion but we've still got to get out there and win races. We can't let our guard down because if we have three or four bad races between now and the 'Chase', we could be out of it."
Team: No. 17 DEWALT Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Robbie Reiser
Chassis: RK-20 (won at Las Vegas in 2003 and 2004)
Kenseth on racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway: "Indy is a special place, for sure. It has so much history that it's really cool to be able to race there. We've had some good finishes there in the last few years. We had a terrible day at Pocono and we're looking to rebound from that. We're bringing our Las Vegas winner (car number 20), so hopefully it will bring us some good luck."
Crew Chief Robbie Reiser on racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway: "We tested at Indy back in April and were pleased with the test. We've had some success there in recent years and are bringing a good car. The guys have had an off weekend to rest up and I think that we'll be fresh and focused for the Brickyard."
Team: No. 97 Crown Royal Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Jimmy Fennig
Chassis: #70 (new chassis -- tested on July 5-6 at Indy)
Busch on racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway: "The new track surface is definitely more abrasive and will provide for greater speeds than what we've seen under race conditions at the Brickyard. We're expecting it to be a little cooler than it was during our test, so we'll probably see some quicker lap times. I'm excited about our Crown Royal Ford this weekend. Indy is a very special place, and it's always a highlight of the season to come to this track with so much history."
Crew Chief Jimmy Fennig on racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway: "We're taking a brand new car this weekend for the Brickyard rather than the car that we won with at Pocono. A lot of teams will go with the same chassis, but this new one is one that we felt good with during our test last month, and Kurt likes it a little more than the one we took to Pocono, so we feel good about it. We've had good solid runs lately, and that's what we need this weekend in the Crown Royal Ford."
Team: No. 99 AAA Roush Racing Ford Taurus
Crew Chief: Bob Osborne
Chassis Number: RK-302 (raced at Dover and Michigan this year)
Edwards on racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway: "I'm really looking forward to racing at Indy. We had a great test there a few weeks ago and I'm feeling pretty good about our chances there this coming weekend. There's so much history at that track, it would certainly mean a lot to run well and win there. Saturday will be a little busy flying back and forth between Indy and IRP but I'm looking forward to it and of course I'm really excited to get back into a Silver Crown car on Thursday. It's going to be a fun week and hopefully we can win some races and improve in the point standings even more. We're headed in the right direction; we just need to keep digging."
Crew Chief Bob Osborne on racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway: "The No. 99 team tested there several weeks ago and overall I was happy with the test. Carl really liked the track and we ran the fastest lap of the day so that was great. There were only a few cars there but we ran lap time comparable to the No. 97 so overall I think we looked pretty good. To race well at Indy the team has to have a good balance of mechanical grip and aero. More so then a lot of the track we go to because of the long straights and the high speed corners. To race at the Brickyard is pretty incredible. There's so much history there and so many great 'racers' have been there. I think being able to say that you've won at Indy is a great accomplishment. I think the AAA team has the potential to run really well there with the package we have and I'm excited to go there this week and see what we can do."