KENSETH’S DOUBLE-DUTY: In addition to competing in Sunday’s Crown Royal Presents the Samuel Deeds 400, Kenseth will also pilot the No. 18 GameStop/TRITTON Toyota Camry in Saturday’s Indiana 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Saturday’s start for Kenseth will be his first Nationwide Series start at the historic 2.5-mile Brickyard.
KENSETH BY THE NUMBERS AT INDY: Kenseth has not competed in Nationwide Series action at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but in 13 Sprint Cup Series career starts there, he has an average start of 19.7 and an average finish of 15.8 at the 2.5-mile historic track. Kenseth 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 with his best finish of second twice (2003 and 2006).
REPORTING FOR DUTY: Kenseth will have an in-car camera aboard his No. 18 GameStop/TRITTON Toyota this weekend at Indy and will serve as ESPN’s in-race reporter for Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race.
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RACE INFO: The Indiana 250 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway begins at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 27, 2013. The race will be broadcast on ESPN, Sirius XM 90, and IMS Radio.
Matt Kenseth on Indianapolis: “I haven’t raced a Nationwide Series car at Indy yet since they just moved this race over to the Brickyard last year, but it’s such a unique and historic track for motorsports. I’m curious to see how our No. 18 Toyota does when we unload this weekend, but Indy is a place that I’d definitely like to get a win at during my career. We went and tested for two days after the Kentucky race, but unfortunately rain shortened our time on the track. I’m looking forward to this weekend at Indy and hope that we can get a solid run in for our No. 18 GameStop/TRITTON Toyota.”
Crew chief Matt Lucas on Indianapolis: “This weekend at Indy, we’re looking for a car that can maneuver through traffic all day long because it’s a narrow track where it can become difficult to pass, so track position is just so important there. There’s an emphasis on restarts as well as being able to take advantage of new tires after pit stops to help get our No. 18 up to the front. Fuel mileage can also be a very important factor this weekend but I really feel like track position will be the key this weekend. I’m looking forward to this being Matt’s first race in the Nationwide Series car at Indy, and I know that it’s only the second year that we’ve raced these cars there, so I don’t feel like everyone else will have a huge advantage over each other in that sense. We actually look over old Sprint Cup Series notes, as well as last year’s notes when we make the plan for this weekend.”
-Joe Gibbs Racing PR