The second leg of the Hungry Drivers program begins this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway when Tracy Hines takes the controls of the No. 6 Hellmann's Dodge. Hines, an Indiana native and two time open-wheel champion, will make his first career...
The second leg of the Hungry Drivers program begins this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway when Tracy Hines takes the controls of the No. 6 Hellmann's Dodge. Hines, an Indiana native and two time open-wheel champion, will make his first career NASCAR Busch series start in the O'Reilly 300.
Driver, Tracy Hines on his NASCAR Busch Series Debut:
"I am looking forward to my stepping into the No. 6 Hungry Drivers Dodge for my first career start in the NASCAR Busch Series. It has been difficult sitting back and watching another driver in the seat these first few races so I am glad it is finally my time to prove myself. Not only will this be my first time competing in the NASCAR Busch Series but this is the first event for Hellmann's mayonnaise as a primary sponsor. I am very proud to represent them in their first endeavor in the sport. Tommy Baldwin, as well as Hellmann's mayonnaise, Ragu® pasta sauce and Shedd's Spread County Crock, have given me an incredible opportunity and I plan to make the most of it."
Driver, Tracy Hines on Texas Motor Speedway:
"I am happy that my first NASCAR Busch Series start will be at Texas Motor Speedway. In last season's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event I posted a solid 11th place finish. I think that little bit of experience will give me an advantage this weekend, as opposed to starting out at a track I have never driven. This is a slick, fast race track that is so smooth you don't even realize the speed you are carrying. A good aero package and a strong motor make all the difference. The team has been working hard on this car over the last month and we all feel it's one of the best cars in the Tommy Baldwin Racing stable. I am confident that we will have a very strong performance and if everything goes right, be a contender for the win."
Crew Chief, Ron Otto on working with a new driver:
"I am looking forward to seeing what Tracy can do behind the wheel in his first NASCAR Busch Series start," says Otto. "I think Texas will be a good track for him given that he already has some track time from the two previous NASCAR Craftsman truck races held there. Obviously, as with any new driver, one of the biggest challenges is developing good communications with each other, and doing it quickly. I have spent a little time with Tracy in recent weeks and I think that we are both pretty much on the same page as far as what we need from each other in order to achieve success. It will be crucial in that first practice session to work on developing that communication so that by Happy Hour we can work to get the car ready to race."
Crew Chief, Ron Otto on Texas Motor Speedway
Texas is one of those tracks where everything comes into play - horsepower, handling, aerodynamics, chassis, fuel mileage. Everything must come together perfectly to win there. You need a good-handling car and a lot of downforce to get through the corners but when you hit the straightaway, you need a good, slick aero-dynamic car and all the horsepower you can get."
The No. 6 Hungry DriversRacing team will compete with a brand new chassis this weekend in Texas -- TBR11.