Watkins Glen: Justin Allgaier preview

Justin Allgaier Watkins Glen International Event Preview No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge Charger No. 12 Penske Racing Verizon Wireless Dodge Charger News and Notes * This Week's Charger... The No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge team will race...

Justin Allgaier Watkins Glen International Event Preview
No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge Charger

No. 12 Penske Racing Verizon Wireless Dodge Charger News and Notes

* This Week's Charger... The No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge team will race chassis PRS-023 during Saturday's 200-mile NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Watkins Glen International. PRS-023 is a brand new car to the No.12 Verizon Wireless Dodge Charger fleet.

* Welcome Back... Crew chief Chad Walter spent his college years at Cornell University, located in Ithaca, N.Y. The Verizon Wireless Dodge pit boss played defensive end on the school's football team, in addition to earning a degree in mechanical engineering. In his spare time, Walter worked on the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers race car design team at Cornell.

* Stop By... Verizon Wireless Dodge driver Justin Allgaier will visit the Verizon Wireless store in Elmira, New York on Friday, August 7 from 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. ET. The Illinois native will meet with store employees and sign autographs for fans. The Verizon Wireless store is located at 830 County Road 64 in Elmira, N.Y., 14903.

* Race Fest... Allgaier will be the Corning Race Fest in Corning, New York on Thursday, August 6, from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. signing autographs and meeting with fans. The festival is located in downtown Corning.

* ROY Watch... With another top-15 performance at Iowa Speedway last Saturday afternoon, Allgaier remains the leader in the Nationwide Series Rookie-Of-The-Year battle. The Riverton, Ill. native is currently 10 points ahead of Brendan Gaughan in the rookie standings after 21 of 34 events.

* Listen and Watch... The Zippo 200 at The Glen can be seen on Saturday, August 8 live on ESPN2 with coverage beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET. The event can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as Sirius Satellite Radio channel 128.

Justin Allgaier on driving at Watkins Glen International

"Road course racing is a blast, but is foreign to me. I have spent my whole life turning left and it is a little strange to go the other way. I ran [and won] my first road course race last year in the ARCA RE/MAX Series (Thunderbolt Raceway at New Jersey Motorsports Park) and hopefully that experience will transfer to our Verizon Wireless Dodge this weekend. [Crew chief] Chad Walter and I have tested this car at Road Atlanta a couple of times preparing for this weekend. We feel like we are bringing a package that is fast but stable. I just have to keep my car on the track all day."

Crew chief Chad Walter on racing at Watkins Glen International

"Watkins Glen is a really great race track. Justin [Allgaier] has done a great job during all of our test sessions learning the intricacies of road course racing. He is so smooth in the transitions and great car control. Every time we have tested he has picked up speed. This race is all about survival. If you keep your nose clean all day and make it to the end of the race you are more than likely to have a strong result. We know what we have to do and have to go out and execute."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Brendan Gaughan , Justin Allgaier
Teams Team Penske