Hendrick, GMAC Chevy Eager For Indianapolis NCTS Return CLERMONT, IN (July 27, 2001) - There doesn't seem to be a recipe for winning at Indianapolis Raceway Park. A charter member of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, IRP has seen five ...
Hendrick, GMAC Chevy Eager For Indianapolis NCTS Return
CLERMONT, IN (July 27, 2001) - There doesn't seem to be a recipe for winning at Indianapolis Raceway Park. A charter member of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, IRP has seen five different winners in six races and each manufacturer has earned a trip to Victory Lane. Ricky Hendrick and Team GMAC like the odds and believe they have the ingredients for a shot at their second win of the 2001 NCTS season in the Power Stroke 200.
Last year at IRP, Hendrick finished 12th in what was just his third Truck Series race. This year, he returns to IRP with 20 NCTS career starts and his first win under his belt. The impressive record has the driver of the No. 17 GMAC Financial Services Chevrolet Silverado looking forward to a return to the .686-mile oval.
"I am excited to race at IRP again," Hendrick stated. "The more I race, the more I learn how important experience is. I feel like I've spent a good part of the NCTS season scrambling to get to know each track. It's great to return to a track where we have been to before. It is a definite advantage."
Hendrick will drive T-Rex 1, a Hendrick chassis that was developed by one of the Hendrick Motorsports engineers. It's one of the Charlotte, NC driver's favorite trucks which marks another advantage on his quest for the team's second trip to Victory Lane.
"We expect to do better than last year's 12th-place finish," Hendrick said. "We have a lot more experience as a team and I have a lot more experience as a driver. Now that we have one win down, we want more. It would be great to win at IRP."
Hendrick has been on a roll since the drop of the green flag in the opening event at Daytona International Speedway where he notched a second-place finish. Currently, Hendrick has scored 13 Top-10 runs in the first 14 races of the 2001 NCTS campaign and is fourth in the season championship chase, just 62 points out of first place. Hendrick leads the race for the Raybestos Rookie of the Year Award.
"We are so proud of where we are right now," said Hendrick. "We wouldn't be racers if we didn't want another win. I'd like to win on a short track and a superspeedway this year. We are a rookie team and we had the bar set for certain goals at the start of the season. We met those goals, so now we raised the bar. This is a tough, competitive series and we will have to fight for everything we can get."
While Hendrick's sights are set on winning the Raybestos Rookie title, He leaves no doubt he has bigger goals in mind this season.
"We want to win races and win the championship," Hendrick stated. "Team GMAC is used to winning races and championships with Jack (Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Jack Sprague). We want to do that too. I believe it's realistic to think we can do that as well."
Hendrick will take the green flag in the Power Stroke 200 at Indianapolis Raceway Park Friday, August 3, at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The event will be telecast live on ESPN and will be broadcast live on MRN Radio.
GMAC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Motors since 1919, is the financial arm of the corporation. Through an original mission to provide wholesale and retail financing to GM dealers and customers and then to offer a variety of automotive insurance services, GMAC had provided $1 trillion to finance nearly 150 million cars and trucks worldwide. Over the last 15 years, GMAC has greatly diversified into today entity of GMAC Financial Services, with some 29,000 employees at 700 facilities in 40 countries. Its offerings today also include residential and commercial mortgages; real estate and relocation services; special programs for members of the GM Family and GM Supplier community; and commercial financing.