JGR AT ROAD AMERICA: Since the race was added to the NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule in 2010, Joe Gibbs Racing has sent two cars to the four-mile road course each of the last three seasons. Although the team has yet to claim a win, JGR has one top-five and three top-ten finishes in the team’s six starts. It has also led 51 laps with an average start of 6.7 and average finish of 12.
MCDOWELL AT ROAD AMERICA: Although he has only three starts on the four-mile road course in Elkhart Lake, Wis., Michael McDowell has quickly made himself at home. In his two starts with JGR at Road America, McDowell has started on the pole and earned a career-high second-place finish. In 2011 McDowell appeared headed to a certain victory after starting on the pole and leading 30 laps, but a late-race wreck took him out of contention and left him back in 12th. Last year he started second and finished second with a strong run that included leading four laps.
POSITIVE AND ENCOURAGING: McDowell will not need to look further than the hood of his car for an added encouragement as the No. 18 Toyota will carry K-Love this week at Road America. K Love is a family friendly radio network with affiliates throughout the United States and always delivers a positive and encouraging message. Local fans in the Elkhart Lakes area around Road America can listen to K-Love on 91.7 FM.
K-LOVE FAN AWARDS: Due to this year’s success, the 2nd Annual K-LOVE Fan Awards is now slated for June 1, 2014.
RACE INFO: The Johnsonville Sausage 200 at Road America begins at 5 PM ET on Saturday, June 22, 2013. The race will be broadcast on ESPN and MRN Radio.
Michael McDowell: “I’m very excited. It’s what I look forward to all year long really – just to get those few races with Joe Gibbs Racing that I get the opportunity to do. Road America is obviously my favorite. Got a pole there and finished second there last year — led a lot of laps and challenged for the win both times we’ve been there. We just haven’t finished it off. There is a lot of anticipation, but at the same time I probably feel more relaxed going into it this year than I ever have just because the first year there was a lot of anticipation of how good was it going to be, how strong for me with not being in competitive equipment until that time and then the second year putting together a solid race, but not obviously winning it. This year for me is more relaxed going into it. “
-Joe Gibbs Racing PR