KENSETH BY THE NUMBERS: In 13 Sprint Cup Series career starts at Indianapolis, Matt Kenseth has an average finish of 15.8, has completed 1,878 of 2,081 (90.2 percent) career laps, and has led for a total of 39 laps. He has earned five top-five and seven top-10 finishes at the historic 2.5-mile track. Kenseth’s best finish at Indianapolis is second which he has earned twice (2003 and 2006).
JOE GIBBS RACING AT INDY: Joe Gibbs Racing has 41 Sprint Cup Series starts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and earning three wins, 10 top-five, and 18 top-ten finishes. The organization has led for a total of 315 laps, has an average start of 17.0, an average finish of 15.8, and completed 6,333 of 6,562 (96.5 percent) laps.
THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 DOLLAR GENERAL TOYOTA: Dollar General vendor partners Slim Jim, Capri Sun, Kleenex, Airwick, STP, Ragu, Sundown Naturals, Gildan, Colgate and Glad will be featured on Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 Toyota Camry this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
RACE INFO: Coverage of the Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.5-mile) begins at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 28th. The race will be broadcast live on ESPN, Sirius XM Channel 90 and IMS Radio.
Matt Kenseth on Indianapolis: “I’m looking forward to this weekend because it’s Indy and it’s just a really cool track to go to. I always feel like this is the second biggest race of the year and everybody wants to win the Brickyard 400. If you could only have two wins, you want the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400, so it’s a big race weekend for sure. The last few years we haven’t been close, but there have been five or six times where we have been really close to winning there and had one of the best cars, but just had problems for whatever reason. I feel like Indy is just one that has just gotten away a lot of times where we’ve had legitimate chances. Indy is definitely the top of my list, of all the tracks left, of the places that I want to win at for sure.”
Crew chief Jason Ratcliff: “Indy ranks up there with the Daytona 500 as a race you’d really like to win. We thought it was worth using one of our team tests for this season to go and test there after Kentucky, but unfortunately it rained for half the time we were there. I felt that we learned a little bit however, but it’s hard to tell leaving that test, but I felt pretty good about how our test went. I know it’s a race that Matt (Kenseth) is looking forward to and one that he’d like to win. I feel like we’ve won some big races so far this season, so if we could pull off a win this weekend at the Brickyard, I think that would be huge. The Brickyard is so unique and filled with so much history and traditions as a race track in general, that it makes any race there a huge event. You need to put every aspect of the weekend together in order to have a great finish there.”
-Joe Gibbs Racing PR