JR Motorsports director of competition, Ryan Pemberton, will serve as interim crew chief for Danica Patrick’s No. 7 GoDaddy.com team for the remainder of the 2012 season. Pemberton occupied the position last weekend at Kentucky Speedway where Patrick finished 14th.
CONCRETE STATS - In three races on concrete surfaces this year, the JRM teams have amassed one top-five and three top-10 finishes.
FIRST LAPS LED IN A STOCK CAR - Patrick led her first laps in a stock car at Dover International Speedway on Sept. 24, 2010. She made her K&N Pro Series East debut and led three laps en route to a sixth-place finish in the event.
DOVER VICTORY - JRM earned its fifth victory at Dover International Speedway on May 30, 2009, with Brad Keselowski. Starting third for the final green-white-checkered restart, the team took advantage of a tangle between the first and second place cars, passing the pair for the lead and eventual win.
JRM ANNOUNCES FALL RACE WEEK SCHEDULE - Beginning on Thursday, Oct. 11, and continuing through Sunday, Oct. 14, fans are invited to the JRM facility in Mooresville, N.C. for festivities surrounding Charlotte race week. The first 100 customers to make a purchase in the JR Nation Retail Store each day will receive free gifts, valued at $40. Cars from Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s personal collection will be on display. Additionally, JRM shop tours will be given at two-hour intervals on Thursday and Friday, with the first tour beginning at 9 a.m. and the final tour beginning at 4:30 p.m. Space is limited for the tours.
DANICA PATRICK ON DOVER: “In preparation for races, I do like to make notes. I find that helpful because there are so many tracks that are kind of similar. They tend to blend together in your mind, and you almost can’t remember the subtle differences. There are all these tiny things about a track that are helpful to remember, like where the grip is and bumps and certain things. It’s just a general feel as to whether or not you drive flat into the corner or if you lift early. There are little things that help you get your rhythm quicker. If I have in-car video, I’ll watch that too. But ultimately every weekend is its own weekend. Sometimes I feel like it’s nice to just come in with a fresh perspective for the race and not have any preconceived ideas.”
COLE WHITT ON DOVER: “Last week was good for our team. We were really close to getting a top-five in Kentucky, but it felt good to run top-10 for most of the race. The guys can be proud of that. There is still a lot of room for improvement though. I’ve learned a lot, and want to be learning more every race and applying it through these final races. “Dover is one of my favorite tracks. There are a lot of things I like about it. It’s a cool facility. It’s one of those places that is so unique, it’s difficult to describe. I enjoy the challenges of it. Once you get that place figured out, it’s a blast to race on. But if you struggle, it can make for a long day.”