JRM will make its 400th start this weekend at Richmond International Raceway. Since the company’s debut at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2005, 28 different drivers have piloted JRM Chevrolets. The team’s tally currently stands at nine wins, 77 top-fives and 162 top-10s. Additionally, JRM has earned seven poles and led 1,397 laps in Nationwide Series competition.
HISTORY WITH HELLMANN’S – Richmond marks JRM’s third of four races with Hellmann’s as a primary sponsor in 2012. In the team’s two previous starts with the popular brand, Whitt drove to a fourth-place finish in the season opener at Daytona, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. earned a fifth-place effort at Talladega. The team is averaging a finish of 4.5 in a Hellmann’s-branded Chevrolet in 2012.
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CAREER-BEST SHORT TRACK FINISH - Danica Patrick and the Go Daddy team are only two races removed from a ninth-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway, a career-best short track effort for the Roscoe, Ill. native and her second top 10 of 2012. Patrick improved 25 positions from her starting spot and capitalized on a pit stop for four fresh tires to crack the top 10 in the waning stages of the race.
WHITT AND COOK COMBO - On the cusp of his second consecutive top-10 finish, Whitt’s season tally now stands at 10 top-10 finishes. This weekend will mark Whitt’s 20th race with crew chief Bruce Cook. Since Cook moved into the crew chief role on the 88 team, Whitt has amassed two top-five and eight top-10 finishes.
JRM DRIVERS PARTICIPATING IN RICHMOND AUTOGRAPH SESSION - Fans can meet JRM drivers Danica Patrick and Cole Whitt at the Nationwide Series autograph session from 2 to 3 p.m. EST on Friday, located outside of turn one in the Amphitheater behind the Commonwealth Tower.
Danica Patrick on Richmond: “When you’re going from practice in the daytime to racing at night the most important thing is finding balance in the car, especially front to rear when it’s slippery. Then hopefully that balance will translate into the evening. I’ve heard that the balance doesn’t shift too much from day to night. So we’ll work to achieve that.”
Tony Eury Jr., crew chief “Right now Danica is at the point where she understands how the races are going to play out. She knows what kind of car she needs and knows you have to start off a little free to be there at the end. We’re at the point where if we had one more year, I think you’d see some top-fives and wins. She is still learning every week, learning something new. It’s just a matter of putting everything together. Plus, you’ve got to remember this is really her first fulltime season running stock cars.”
Cole Whitt on Richmond: “I like short-track racing because I grew up racing smaller dirt tracks. Personally, I really enjoy the speeds of the mile-and-a-half tracks, but seeing a short track on the schedule is a nice change of pace.
“I’m looking forward to Richmond, mainly because I want another shot at a decent finish there. We had a much better car than where we finished in the spring. We really hurt ourselves towards the end of that one. Bruce and the guys did a good job preparing a top-10 car, and that’s where we ran the entire night, but I missed pit road. Then I tried to make up for it once we got on pit road and we were hit with a speeding penalty. Things went from bad to worse, so I really want a chance to redeem myself and get the team the type of finish they deserve. This is a great opportunity for us to keep building on another solid finish.”