Notes & Quotes The Car Formerly Known As... The Phillips 66 team will compete with "Bagga Donuts" this weekend at Pikes Peak International Raceway. "Bagga Donuts" was formerly known as "Car ...
Notes & Quotes
The Car Formerly Known As... The Phillips 66 team will compete with "Bagga Donuts" this weekend at Pikes Peak International Raceway. "Bagga Donuts" was formerly known as "Car #18", but after disappointing performances in Texas and California, team members elected to change the name of the car with hopes of better results.
No Stranger To Pikes Peak... While Casey Mears may be a relative newcomer to Pikes Peak International Raceway, his family is familiar with the surroundings. Casey's dad Roger captured class titles in 1972,'73, '85, '98 and 1999 while competing in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. Mears' uncle Rick also claimed a class title in 1976 while driving a Porsche in the same event.
Going Home... Mechanic and front-tire changer Jason Meyers, who currently resides in North Carolina, was born and raised 80 miles from Pikes Peak International Raceway in Arvada, Colo., a suburb of Denver. Meyers first began working with the Phillips 66 team in 1999.
Casey Mears' Thoughts On Pikes Peak International Raceway... "I've gone with my dad several times to watch him run the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, but have never run at the oval. From what I've heard, I think it's a place I'll like because it's a multi-groove track that allows the driver to search out a line that works best with how the car is handling at that particular moment."
Crew Chief Donnie Richeson's Thoughts On Pikes Peak International Raceway... "I look forward to going back to Pikes Peak every year. It's a track where you can run on the bottom, middle or top. You can come from the back of the field to the front without a problem because there are three different grooves to race in. I wish there were a couple of more tracks on our schedule just like it."
Starting Up Front... Last week's eighth-place qualifying effort at Gateway International Raceway was the fifth top-15 start for the Phillips 66 team in the last seven races.
Last Weekend at Gateway International Raceway... The Phillips 66 team ran in the top-10 for most of the race last Saturday night, but with six laps remaining in the race the right-rear tire on Mears' car began going flat. Mears finished the race in 15th.