Kasey Kahne captured his second victory of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season when he went to Victory Lane on July 15 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The driver of the No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet started from the outside pole position and battled within the top five throughout the 301-lap event. Kahne took the lead on pit road during the race’s final caution period and led the remaining 66 laps on the way to his 14th career Cup win. Kahne’s teammates finished inside the top seven marking the second time this season all four Hendrick Motorsports drivers have finished inside the top 10.
POINTS AFTER NEW HAMPSHIRE: With his win at New Hampshire, Kahne improved four spots to 12th in the standings and holds the first wild card position in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Kahne ranks 66 points behind 10th-place Brad Keselowski and is the only driver ranked 11th through 20th with multiple wins this season.
KAHNE AT INDIANAPOLIS: In eight Cup starts at Indianapolis, Kahne has two top-five finishes and four top-10s, including a runner-up finish in 2005. He has qualified in the top-10 six times at the Brickyard. In this event last year, Kahne started from the outside pole and led a race-high 48 laps.
CHASSIS CHOICE: For Sunday’s Brickyard 400, crew chief Kenny Francis has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-739. This is a new car that has not been raced.
LOOP STATISTICS: Kahne ranks inside the top 10 in most statistical categories measured by NASCAR loop data at Indianapolis. He ranks fourth for laps run in the top 15 (822) and speed in traffic (167.604 mph). His 88 career laps led at Indy ranks him fifth. Kahne also is fifth in the following categories: fastest laps run (56), speed early in a run (171.041 mph) and speed on restarts (167.228 mph). His average speed of 169.452 mph under the green flag ranks seventh among the competition.
DRIVER RATING: Kahne ranks eighth in the driver rating category at Indianapolis with a score of 94.3. The driver rating is a formula that combines wins, top-15 finishes, average running position while on the lead lap, average speed under green, fastest lap, most laps led and lead-lap finishes. The maximum a driver can earn in each race is 150 points. The driver rating number is used pre-race as a prediction tool and post-race as a performance evaluator.
2012 SEASON-TO-DATE STATISTICS: Kahne ranks as the best qualifier in 2012 with an average start of 7.9. His speed late in a run is second only to teammate Jimmie Johnson, according to NASCAR loop data. Kahne has turned 348 fastest laps, ranking him third behind Johnson and Jeff Gordon. Kahne is the season’s fourth-fastest driver under the green flag.
HENDRICK AT INDY: Gordon and Johnson have combined to win seven of the 18 Cup events that have been held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In addition to those seven victories, Hendrick Motorsports has 18 top-five finishes and 28 top-10s in 17 races (61 starts) at the 2.5-mile speedway. Gordon is the track’s all-time leader in wins (four), top-five finishes (10), top-10s (14) and laps led (476 total) at Indy.
CHEVY STREAK: Chevrolet has won 13 of the 18 Sprint Cup events held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, including the last nine straight. In addition, a Chevy has started from the Brickyard 400 pole position eight times.
Kasey Kahne on Indianapolis: “Winning at the Brickyard and the Daytona 500 are on the top of my list. For me, coming up in the sprint car ranks, I raced in the Indianapolis area a lot and learned early on how significant winning at the Brickyard was. When you think about the drivers that have won at Indy throughout the years, it would mean a lot to be able to add my name to that list. We’ve been close a few times, and it’s certainly a victory I’d love to pull off.”