Crew Chief Philippe Lopez’s Thoughts on Chicagoland Speedway: “Chicagoland Speedway isn’t your typical 1.5-mile track. It has some bumps in Turns 1 and 2 that can make it tricky for the driver. Our biggest challenge this weekend will be tire wear, and making sure we can get over the bumps without upsetting the car. We will have to really keep an eye on the tire fall off because it will play a big part in our tire strategy for the entire race. We’ll need to make sure that we’ve got enough rubber left on our tires at the end of the race to keep our Pilot Flying J Ford up front and in contention for the win.
“I like going to Chicagoland Speedway. We had a really good Pilot Flying J Ford there earlier this season and finished in the top five. We are taking that car back this weekend and we expect to build off of what we learned there earlier in the summer and come home with an even better finish on Saturday. We’ve also got some momentum going into this weekend after our top five at Richmond last weekend, so I expect that to help our team as well.”
Chassis History: The No. 43 RPM NASCAR Nationwide Series team has prepared chassis No. 635 for the 300-mile race at Chicagoland Speedway. This Pilot Flying J Ford Mustang was run previously this season at California, Charlotte and Chicago.
Annett will be a guest speaker at Rusty’s Roast, Celebrating the Career of Richard Petty, a charity fundraiser benefiting The NASCAR Foundation and the Iowa Speedway Foundation on Thursday. The event, which takes place at Iowa Speedway, will also feature guest speakers Dale Inman, Mike Helton and Rusty Wallace.
Annett’s fifth-place finish last weekend at Richmond International Raceway marked his fifth top five and 11th top 10 this season.
Source: Richard Petty Motorsports