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*Richard Childress Racing teammates finished second (Austin Dillon) sixth (Brian Scott) and 31st (Max Papis).
*Dillon is fourth in the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, trailing leader Regan Smith by 46 markers, while Scott is eighth in the standings, 67 points behind Smith.
*The No. 3 Chevrolet team ranks sixth in the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, with the No. 2 team 10th in the standings and the No. 33 team 11th.
*According to NASCAR’s Post-Race Loop Data Statistics, Dillon maintained the best Average Running Position (1.244), had the best Driver Rating (144.9 out of a possible 150), was the Fastest Driver Early in a Run (130.999 mph), led the field in Fastest Laps Run (73), was Fastest on Restarts (130.356 mph), had the best Green Flag Speed (128.552 mph), spent 100 percent of the race running in the top-15 and led 207 of 250 laps.
*Scott was the third-Fastest Driver Late in a Run (126.811 mph), maintained the fifth-best Average Running Position (4.832) had the fifth-best Driver Rating (108.3), was fifth-Fastest on Restarts (128.343 mph) and posted the Fastest Lap for eight circuits.
*Papis made 31 green-flag passes.
*Trevor Bayne earned his first victory of the 2013 Nationwide Series season and was followed to the finish line by Dillon, Elliott Sadler, Sam Hornish, Jr. and Kyle Larson.
*The next Nationwide Series race is the Alliance Truck Parts 250 at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, June 15. The 13th race of the 2013 season is scheduled to be televised live on ABC beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern Time and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius XM NASCAR Satellite Radio.
Brian Scott Earns a Sixth-Place Finish
Brian Scott earned his sixth top-10 finish of the 2013 season at Iowa Speedway after starting third in Sunday morning’s Iowa Pioneer 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Scott battled among the leaders throughout the opening laps of the event. Once settling into his groove, the Boise, Idaho, native reported to crew chief Phil Gould that he was free in and off the corner. The caution flag was displayed on lap 50, which allowed Scott to make a trip down pit road for four fresh tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment. Racing resumed on lap 56 with the Richard Childress Racing driver lined up third. Laps ticked away while the skies became darker and rain eventually put the race under a red-flag condition. When track drying was complete, Scott took the green-flag in the third position with less than 100 laps remaining. Scott battled with the No. 32 car in the final stage of the race, ultimately taking the checkered flag in the sixth position.
Start – 3 Finish – 6 Laps Led – 0 Points – 8th
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTE: “We had a really strong car all afternoon, but just needed one more adjustment to get up there and contend for the lead. Phil (Gould, crew chief) and the guys did a good job on pit road. It was a strong finish for the No. 2 team and we’ll move on to Michigan International Speedway next weekend looking be just as good.”
Dominate Performance Culminates with Second-Place Finish for Austin Dillon
Richard Childress Racing’s Austin Dillon led 207 of 250 laps in the Iowa Pioneer 250 at Iowa Speedway on Sunday afternoon, but ultimately settled for a second-place finish in the No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet after losing forward drive during a long green-flag run in the closing stages of the NASCAR Nationwide Series event. Dillon started the 12th race of the 2013 season from the front row after earning his third-consecutive Nationwide Series pole award on Saturday afternoon, tying the record for most consecutive poles in the Series’ history. The green-flag was displayed to the 40-car starting field shortly after 11 a.m. Eastern Time on Sunday afternoon after rain showers on Saturday caused NASCAR officials to postpone the start of the 200-mile event. Dillon showed speed from the start of the race, immediately driving away from the field and only briefly relinquishing the point position from laps 9 through 24. At times, Dillon extended his lead by as much as six seconds over the second-place competitor. He never fell outside of the top-nine during the course of the race, maintaining an average running position of 1.244. With less than 50 laps remaining, the Welcome, N.C. native had a 2.6-second lead over eventual race winner Trevor Bayne. However, a long green-flag run, combined with changing track conditions as the sun poked out of the cloud cover, created a lack of forward drive for Dillon. With less than 10 laps remaining the duo battled side-by-side for the lead with Dillon eventually settling for a second-place finish.
Start – 1 Finish – 2 Laps Led – 207 Points – 4th
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTE: “It was a disappointing finish to a strong day. We lost grip when the sun came out and the No. 6 car took off. It’s part of racing, though, and I’m still proud of this team for what we were able to accomplish this weekend. On to Michigan International Speedway.”
Max Papis Finishes 31st after Multi-Car Incident
Making his 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series debut with Richard Childress Racing and the No. 33 Rheem/Menards race team, Max Papis put together a solid race weekend effort before a mid-race collision took him out of contention on Sunday at Iowa Speedway. Qualifying 25th on Saturday afternoon, Papis challenged for a top-20 running position for the first 150 circuits of the 250-lap event while battling a tight-handling No. 33 Rheem/Menards Chevrolet Camaro. The crew made a few small adjustments through the course of several pit stops in an attempt to remedy the tight condition. After the Como, Italy born driver communicated to the team that he dialed in more front brake, he began to log top-five speeds during the second green-flag run. Papis was in position to work his way toward the front of the field when an incident between the No. 20 and No. 60 cars collected him on lap 155. He sustained race-ending damages and was unable to return to the track, leaving the team to settle for a 31st-place finish.
Start – 25 Finish – 31 Laps Led – 0 Points – N/A
MAX PAPIS QUOTE: “It was a rough end to the day we were having. Ernie Cope (crew chief) and the No. 33 guys did a great job giving me a solid Rheem/Menards Camaro. I really felt we found a line and the adjustments we needed to be competitive. I’m not sure what happened really, I was on the apron and I had nowhere to go. Proud of the run we had, just frustrated it ended the way it did.”
MAX PAPIS JOINS RCR AT IOWA
Race: Iowa Pioneer 250
Date: Saturday, June 8, 2013 / Location: Iowa Speedway
Richard Childress Racing’s NASCAR Nationwide Series History at Iowa Speedway … In nine Nationwide Series starts at Iowa Speedway, Richard Childress Racing has acquired one win with Elliott Sadler in August 2012, along with back-to-back pole awards with Sadler in both 2012 events at the track. RCR has three top-five and five top-10 finishes.
RCR in the NNS … In 901 Nationwide Series starts through the last 15 years, Richard Childress Racing has earned 65 wins, 304 top-five finishes, 504 top-10 finishes and 44 pole awards with an average starting position of 12.1 and an average finishing position of 12.5 among all races contested. RCR earned the Nationwide Series driver point championships in 2001 and 2006 with Kevin Harvick, and in 2008 with Bowyer. The Welcome, N.C.-based team earned the owner’s title in 2003 with Johnny Sauter and Harvick, and again in 2007 with Burton and Scott Wimmer.
The Season So Far … In the 11 races contested this season, RCR has earned one win in the Nationwide Series, with Tony Stewart at Daytona International Speedway, along with seven top-five and 16 top-10 finishes. Austin Dillon earned back-to-back pole awards at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Dover International Speedway. The organization has led 203 laps in 2013.
Get to the Points … Austin Dillon is ranked fifth in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, trailing point leader Regan Smith by 53 points, while Brian Scott is eighth, 68 points out of the lead. In the Nationwide Series owner championship point standings, the No. 3 Chevrolet team ranks seventh, while the No. 33 team ranks ninth and the No. 2 team ranks 12th.
Social Media … To keep up-to-date with the latest news, information and view exclusive content, visit RCR’s Twitter page – @RCRracing, RCR’s NASCAR Nationwide Series team Twitter pages – @RCR2BScott, @RCR3ADillon and @RCR33NNS, RCR’s NNS driver Twitter pages – @BScottRacing, @AustinDillon3 and @MaxPapis and the official Facebook fan pages – facebook.com/BScottRacing, facebook.com/austindillon3 and facebook.com/MaxPapisRacing.
Catch the Action … Flag-to-flag coverage of the Iowa Pioneer 250 will be televised on ESPN beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, June 8 and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius XM NASCAR Satellite Radio.
No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet Camaro
This Week’s Shore Lodge Chevrolet at Iowa Speedway … Brian Scott will pilot chassis No. 101 from Richard Childress Racing’s NASCAR Nationwide Series stable in Saturday evening’s Iowa Pioneer 250. Scott drove this Chevrolet Camaro to a 20th-place finish at Richmond International Speedway in April and a 10th-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway in March.
Scott at Iowa Speedway … The 25-year-old Chevrolet driver has five Nationwide Series starts at Iowa Speedway, accruing an average starting position of ninth and an average finishing position of 20th. He earned his best starting position of third in 2009 during his rookie season of Nationwide Series competition, and his best finish of 11th one year ago..
Future Father-in-Law Spotting … With Scott’s spotter, Derek Kneeland, tending to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Pocono, Pa., this weekend, he is utilizing the services of his future father-in-law, Bob Tracey, for spotting duties at Iowa Speedway. Tracey, a longtime spotter and motorsports executive, is a former spotter for Dale Earnhardt Inc. and Penske Racing, earning victories with Rusty Wallace. Additionally, Tracey served as gasman for Wallace and was part of Martin Truex Jr.’s Sprint Cup Series Pit Crew Challenge winning team in 2007. Tracey was a part of the Chance2 Motorsports Nationwide Series championship team in 2004 and 2005.
Lodging in Idaho … Shore Lodge will serve as primary sponsor for Scott and the No. 2 team this weekend at Iowa Speedway. Set on the southern shore of Payette Lake in McCall, Idaho, four seasons of adventure await at this idyllic location. A family favorite since 1948, the travel destination allows guests to enjoy the spectacular views, friendly service and generous accommodations at the lake front resort. Shore Lodge serves as the perfect mixture of adventure and luxury featuring 26 spa adventures, fitness studio, golf privileges at Whitetail Club, jet skiing, and a private beach for guests.
Race Rewind … In this event last year, Scott started from the seventh spot and finished 11th, a career-best Nationwide Series finish at Iowa Speedway.
BRIAN SCOTT QUOTE:
What are your thoughts heading into this weekend at Iowa Speedway? “This weekend marks the NASCAR Nationwide Series’ first stand-alone event of the season, so it’s a good opportunity to let our Series shine. The grandstands at Iowa Speedway are always packed, and that just makes the show even more exciting. Iowa has short track characteristics with speedway speed. In order be successful, you have get over the bumps in turns one and two to carry your momentum down the backstretch. If you can handle that, you’ll bring home a good finish.”
No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet Camaro
This Week’s AdvoCare Chevrolet at Iowa Speedway … Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 116 in the Iowa Pioneer 250 at Iowa Speedway. Dillon earned an 11th-place finish in this Chevrolet at Bristol Motor Speedway in March 2013, a sixth-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway in September 2012, a sixth-place finish at Richmond International Raceway in September 2012 and a 15th-place finish at Iowa Speedway in August 2012.
Dillon at Iowa Speedway … In four previous NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Iowa Speedway, Dillon earned his best finish of fourth in May 2012. Although he posted a 15th-place finish in his last appearance at Iowa (August 2012), Dillon led 53 laps of the race and drove to a commanding lead before an unscheduled pit stop for a vibration caused the team to fall one lap down to the leader. In all, Dillon has 10 previous starts at the 0.875-mile track in four different series, including the Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and the K&N Pro Series East Division.
Winner Winner … Iowa Speedway was the site of Dillon’s first-career Camping World Truck Series win in 2010.
The Season So Far … According to NASCAR’s Loop Data Season-to-Date Statistics, Dillon leads the Nationwide Series in Average Starting Position (4.5), ranks fourth in Laps in the Top 15 (87.1 percent), is the fifth-Fastest Driver on Restarts (9.455), ranks fifth in Average Running Position (10.356) and ranks fifth in Laps on the Lead Lap (93.93 percent).
Spark your Engines … Dillon and the RCR team will sport the colors of award-winning premier health and wellness company AdvoCare on the No. 3 Chevrolet at Iowa Speedway. AdvoCare offers nutrition, weight loss, energy and sports performance products of the highest quality developed through comprehensive research and backed by a Scientific and Medical Advisory Board. Dillon trains with AdvoCare products throughout the week and is a distributor as well. For more information about Dillon’s favorite products, including Spark, Rehydrate, meal replacement bars and Post-Workout Recovery, visit http://www.AdvoCare.com.
AdvoCare Supporting the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma … If Dillon wins this weekend’s Nationwide Series race at Iowa Speedway, AdvoCare will make a $5,000 donation to the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma. The health and wellness company will pledge $2,000 to CIPT for a top-five finish and $1,000 for a top-10 finish. So far this season, the No. 3 team has raised $8,000 towards the cause. The Childress Institute invests resources in research, education and awareness to improve the treatment for critically injured children in the U.S. and AdvoCare’s generous donations are aimed at helping to raise awareness for pediatric trauma, the No. 1 killer of children in America. You can help save the lives of injured children by making a contribution to the Childress Institute in two ways: donate $33 in honor of Dillon via his website, or text WIN to 80077 to make a $10 donation.
#CMTAwards … Dillon plans to attend the CMT Awards in Nashville on behalf of Nationwide Insurance this Wednesday evening and the CMA Festival on Thursday before heading to Iowa for the NASCAR race weekend on Friday. While in Nashville, the country music aficionado is scheduled to make several public appearances, including judging a Nationwide Insurance jingle competition at the Nationwide Display at Bridgestone Arena at 1 p.m. Central Time on Wednesday. On Thursday, Dillon is scheduled to sign autographs at Fan Fair X in the Chevrolet display (booth #517) at 10 a.m. and the Great American Country Booth (#546) at 11 a.m., followed by a Question-and-Answer session at the History Channel’s Cross Country Cookout Tour Display, located at the corner of Broadway and 2nd Avenue at 2 p.m.
Meet Dillon … Dillon is scheduled to greet race fans at the RCR Merchandise hauler at Iowa Speedway on Saturday from 1:15 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. CT. He is also scheduled to participate in the Nationwide Series autograph session from 2 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. under the turn four grandstands.
AUSTIN DILLON QUOTES:
The fans are excited to see you guys run at Iowa Speedway. “I got my first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win at Iowa Speedway, so I am excited to run at Iowa as well. The fans at Iowa are always great. I feel like I have a pretty good, solid following out there. Iowa Speedway is a place where we have given away a few races. We’ve led a lot of laps, we’ve had pit stop problems and different things happen in the races that have cost us a few wins. Going there this year, I’ve always been pretty strong there and hopefully we can capitalize this year.”
Does Iowa Speedway compare to any other track you race? Since it was designed by a racecar driver, you would think it would have a few little quirks that might work well for you guys. “I think Richmond International Raceway is similar to Iowa Speedway, but it has a different grip level. Richmond is its own animal, but it does have a few characteristics to this place.”
No. 33 Rheem/Menards Chevrolet Camaro
This Week’s Rheem/Menards Chevrolet … Max Papis will pilot chassis No. 099 at Iowa Speedway. This No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro was previously run this season at Bristol Motor Speedway. It was also utilized last year at both Iowa Speedway events.
First Time for Everything … Papis will make laps at Iowa Speedway for the first time during Friday’s first practice session. His only previous Nationwide Series oval start came at Texas Motor Speedway in 2006. The Italian road course veteran has made 11 career-starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, with his best start of second at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (2007, 2008) and Road America (2011) and best finish of second at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (2010).
Gotta Have a Rheem …Rheem Manufacturing Company (www.rheem.com) is privately held with headquarters in Atlanta and U.S. operations in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Indiana, North Carolina and Texas. In its 88th year of operation, the company manufactures a full-line of eco-friendly, technologically advanced residential and commercial heating and cooling systems; tank, tankless, solar and hybrid heat pump water heaters; whole-home standby generators, controls, swimming pool and spa heaters; indoor air-purification products; and commercial boilers throughout North America and world markets. The company’s premium brands, including Rheem, Raypak, Ruud and Richmond have been recognized with countless industry and consumer awards for reliability, innovative design and high quality. Rheem is the official heating, cooling and water heating supplier to Richard Childress Racing, and is a primary sponsor of RCR’s No. 29 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and RCR’s No. 33 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Meet Max … Papis is scheduled to participate in the Nationwide Series autograph session at Iowa Speedway on Saturday from 2:30-3:10 p.m. Central Time. The session will be located underneath the turn four grandstands.
Race Rewind … Papis last turned laps in a Nationwide Series stockcar at Road America in 2012, where he started fifth and finished fourth at the Wisconsin road course.
MAX PAPIS QUOTES
What does it mean to be driving the No. 33 Rheem/Menards Chevrolet at Iowa Speedway? “I’m thrilled to be driving the No. 33 Rheem/Menards Chevrolet in Iowa this weekend. I feel this is the first time that I will be driving on an oval in a top competitive car. I’ve been waiting for this opportunity since I first came into NASCAR, and it’s such a blessing. I’m happy that Richard Childress Racing and Menards feel confident in giving me an opportunity to prove myself in what I consider to be outside my normal boundaries of road course racing. I’m thrilled about the opportunity and will go into the race with my normal attitude of under promising, and over delivering.”
What are your Thoughts on racing at Iowa Speedway? “I don’t have much experience running at Iowa (Speedway) and I have very limited experience on ovals, so I’m anxious to get unloaded on Friday and get some valuable seat time during practice. The enthusiasm of the all the people in Iowa is always great and I want to go out there and make everyone proud of all the laps I make. Being able to race at Iowa is a fantastic opportunity that I welcome with open hands, and to say that I’m excited is not saying enough.”
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AIM Autosport Team FXDD Racing with Ferrari F458 Moves to Second in GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car GT Points After Fifth-Place at Circuit of The AmericasBy Max Papis Racing | March 4, 2013 at 12:35 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (March 3, 2013) – The No. 69 AIM Autosport Team FXDD Racing with Ferrari F458, and drivers Emil Assentato and Anthony Lazzaro, jumped to second in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series GT Team Championship standings Saturday with a comeback fifth-place finish in the GRAND-AM of The Americas presented by GAINSCO and TOTAL following a Friday accident in qualifying.
Assentato and Lazzaro shook off a last-place starting spot and pit-road wheel-change issues that plagued both team entries to rally for the top-five showing in their repaired Ferrari. The No. 69 team now has top-five finishes in each of the year’s first two GRAND-AM Rolex Series races after finishing third in January’s season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona.
The team’s sister No. 61 R.Ferri AIM Motorsport Racing with Ferrari F458 in turn led in the opening half of the inaugural sports car race at Circuit of The Americas only to see the pit problems and a late hit-and-run incident by an Audi competitor drop co-drivers Jeff Segal and Max Papis to 10
th at the finish.
“We unloaded with two really quick Ferraris but the slightest of errors Friday in qualifying just had a huge impact on the day,” Lazzaro said. “The guys worked until 3 a.m. fixing our FXDD Ferrari and obviously did a fantastic job. When I got out of the car this morning after the warm-up we were P1 at that time and Jeff later topped the session in the No. 61.”
Assentato, who was uninjured in the Friday qualifying accident, started the No. 69 and quickly moved up five spots through the field after starting dead last among the GT entries. He handed off to Lazzaro in the race’s opening hour who in turn continued the on-track fight to the finish.
“The race was a little bit tough, we had some right rear tires get stuck on both cars in pit stops which is totally ironic, and I stalled in the pits one time,” Lazzaro said. “But fifth place is like a victory and we just wanted to get points and we have to be up there.”
The No. 69 AIM Autosport Team FXDD Racing with Ferrari F458 won last year’s GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series GT Championship and has moved off to a strong title defense so far in 2013. The pair of solid season-opening results has moved the No. 69 AIM/FXDD entry to second in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series GT Team Championship points standings. The No. 69 trails the leading No. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche GT3 by just two points, 58 – 56. Assentato and Lazzaro rank third in the GT Driver Championship standings with the same points tally of 56.
The new No. 61 R.Ferri AIM Motorsport team is still looking for a race result befitting the team’s field-leading pace at both Daytona and this past weekend in Austin. Electrical problems hindered the fast Ferrari at Daytona while the pit issues and late hit by the Audi ended any shot at victory lane after the race-leading run at Circuit of The Americas.
“We were having such a good day, leading at the beginning of the race which was great, seeing the car out front where it belongs,” Segal said. “We had a little bit of a challenge on the first stop with a wheel-nut issue on the right rear and oddly enough the 69 car had the same issue. So, that is something we have to look into because we haven’t seen anything like that before.”
Papis led four laps in his opening stint after qualifying the No. 61 on the outside front row and came in for the ill-fated pit stop in first place.
“I was really pleased for the speed that the 61 car had,” Papis said. “We were very, very competitive but unfortunately did not capitalize on the speed and the ability that we had. We didn’t bring home a result that does justice for the level of R.Ferri AIM racing. On the positive side, we all operated pretty good, another great weekend with a lot of speed, a lot of good showing and I had a lot of fun passing for the lead and handing the car over in P1.
Segal later moved the Ferrari back into contention after rebounding from the pit delay. He raced to as high as second place and was zeroing in on the race leader when more setbacks emerged.
“I charged though the field, which was great, we were making really good progress,” Segal said. “We were positioned really well, we got shuffled back again in our last stop and then had a restart where we were a little bit back in the order. I was trying to make up as many positions as I could with time ticking down, then the Audi hit us and ripped the valve stem out of a tire. We had to pit again and that was that. Top-10 isn’t horrible but that is not what we are here for.”
Next up for AIM Autosport Team FXDD and R.Ferri AIM Motorsport is the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park, April 4 – 6. The two-hour race will be broadcast on SPEED on Sunday, April 7 at 5:30 p.m. EST/2:30 p.m. PST.
Max Papis Qualifies R.Ferri AIM Motorsport Racing with Ferrari F458 on the Front Row for Saturday’s Inaugural Grand Prix of The Americas presented by GAINSCO and TOTALBy Max Papis Racing | March 4, 2013 at 12:25 pm
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