It’s a historic weekend in Nationwide competition as the series turns to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for its inaugural event at the Brickyard. The Sprint Cup Series has been turning laps at the Brickyard since 1994, but this marks the first weekend that Nationwide cars will take to the track.
BREAKING RECORDS AT INDY - Patrick owns a pair of records at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In 2005, she became the first woman to ever lead the Brickyard’s prestigious event, after leading 19 laps. Patrick also earned the distinc-tion of being the highest-placing female in the Indianapolis 500 with a fourth-place finish in 2005. She would later snap that same record when she crossed the bricks in third-place in 2009.
INDYCAR STATS FOR PATRICK - With seven IndyCar starts to her credit at Indy, Patrick holds an average finish of 8.7 with 29 laps led. Her highest finish was third in 2009 and she placed in the top-10 in all but one of her starts.
A WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE - Despite it being the first race for the Nationwide Series at the Brickyard, Patrick and crew chief Tony Eury Jr. combine to bring the experience of 10 races at the track to the GoDaddy.com team. Eury Jr. has been crew chief in three Sprint Cup Series races, while Patrick has driven seven IndyCar races. The two have completed 1,817 combined laps and 4,542 miles of competition.
SECOND HOME - Whitt’s return to Indianapolis this week will be a bit of a homecoming for the Nationwide Series rookie. Whitt moved from his hometown of Alpine, Calif. to Indianapolis early in his career to drive Sprint Cars. He maintained resi-dence in Indy until he made the trek to North Carolina in an effort to break into NASCAR.
CHEVROLET PRESS CONFERENCE - JR Motorsports co-owners Kelley Earnhardt Miller and Tony Eury Jr., along with drivers Danica Patrick and Cole Whitt will attend a press conference for Chevrolet on Thursday, July 26, 2012, at 10 a.m. EST in the Hospitality Village North Chalet in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway infield.
LIVE NATIONWIDE CHAT FROM INDY INFIELD - Patrick will be featured in this week’s Nationwide chat live from the Indi-anapolis Motor Speedway infield on Friday, July 27, at 2 p.m. EST. Visit NASCAR.com to submit questions for the chat and then watch it live on NASCAR Nationwide Series.com.
PATRICK AND WHITT TO ATTEND NNS AUTOGRAPH SESSION - Patrick and Whitt will participate in the Nationwide Se-ries driver autograph session on Saturday, July 28, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EST in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in-field.
MEET COLE WHITT AT JR NATION MERCH HAULER - Beginning at 2:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, July 28, fans can meet Cole Whitt at the JR Nation merchandise hauler at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
JRM SOCIAL MEDIA - Keep up with JR Motorsports through the team’s @JRMotorsports Twitter account and JR Mo-torsports Facebook page. You can also follow JRM drivers Danica Patrick (@DanicaPatrick), Cole Whitt (@ColeWhitt) and general manager Kelley Earnhardt Miller (@EarnhardtKelley) via Twitter.
CHECK OUT THE RELAUNCHED COLE WHITT WEBSITE - For everything Cole Whitt visit his newly redesigned website at www.colewhitt.com. The expanded site features updated photos, news and videos. View recaps on Cole’s most recent races and learn about his beginnings in go-karts and Sprint Cars, to his transition up the NASCAR ladder as driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet for JR Motorsports.
SECOND CHANCE TO WIN DALE JR.’S RIDE - The Dale Jr. Foundation is raffling off Dale Jr.’s 2011 Chevrolet Camaro. Raf-fle tickets are $25 and only 8,888 will be sold. The winner will be invited to JR Motorsports, where Dale Jr. will personally hand over the keys of the car to the winner. Visit www.WinDaleJrsRide.com for more information and follow the Foundation’s Twitter account @TDJF.
Cole Whitt on Indianapolis: “Being part of this first Nationwide race at the Brickyard is going to be amazing. I know a lot of people like the short track, but when it comes to prestige, the two biggest tracks in my book are Indianapolis and Daytona. I lived in Indy for several years when I was running Sprint Cars, so going back there feels a little like a trip home for me.
“Winning at Indy would be huge. I want to win everywhere we go, but if I had to pick one, I want to win at Indy more than anywhere. It would be the ultimate. I’ve been to the track a lot but I’ve never had the opportunity to race on it. It’s going to be exciting and a pretty big deal for me to go out there and turn those first few laps during practice.”
Danica Patrick on Indianapolis: It’s going to feel great to head back to Indianapolis. I love that place, I really do. I enjoy being there and being inside the track. The one thing that remains the same when I’m driving around Indy is that you always take it seriously. No matter what type of car you’re in. I have so much respect for that place and I always feel extremely focused when I’m there.
“I’m looking forward to driving Indianapolis in a stock car. It’s obviously going to be a little slower than in an IndyCar. I have such good memories there, and I feel so good when I come into the track and see the facility. So I think those good and positive emotions can translate into a good weekend. I look forward to seeing the Indianapolis fans, too. It should be a fun weekend.”