ROAD COURSE DOUBLE-DUTY DRIVER: Brian Vickers is the only driver entered to compete in both NASCAR road course events this weekend at Road America and Sonoma Raceway. This weekend will be Vickers first time racing, and event seeing, Road America’s 4.048-mile road course in Elkhart Lake, Wis. and his first time road racing with Joe Gibbs Racing. Vickers has not competed in a Nationwide Series road course event since 2009 at Watkins Glen International. Sunday will be Vickers’ third of nine Sprint Cup Series starts with Michael Waltrip Racing’s No. 55 team this season. The 29-year-old has seven previous Cup starts at Sonoma Raceway and finished fourth there last year with MWR and the No. 55 team.
JOE GIBBS RACING AT ROAD AMERICA: Joe Gibbs Racing’s Nationwide Series program has six starts with four different drivers at Road America. JGR Nationwide entries have one top-five finish, three-top-10 finishes, one pole and have led a total of 51 laps on the 4.048-mile road course. With 13 of 33 races on the 2013 Nationwide Series schedule completed, Joe Gibbs Racing has six wins, 21 top-five finishes, 28 top-10 finishes, three poles and has led a total of 1,092 laps. JGR’s four Nationwide Series entries at Road America include the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota piloted by Vickers, the No. 11 OneMain Financial Toyota driven by Elliott Sadler, the No. 18 K-Love Toyota driven by Michael McDowell and the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota with Owen Kelly behind the wheel.
THIS WEEK ON THE NO. 20 DOLLAR GENERAL TOYOTA: Dollar General vendor partners Lysol, Renuzit, Oreo, Nestle Drumstick, Velveeta Skillets, Slim Jim, Gildan, Kleenex, Sundown Naturals, Ragu, STP and Colgate will be featured on Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 20 Toyota Camry this weekend at Road America.
RACE INFO: The Nationwide Series Johnsonville Sausage 200 Presented By Menards at Road America kicks off at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 22. Watch and listen live on ESPN, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.
Brian Vickers on Road America: “I really enjoy road racing. This weekend should be interesting since I will be racing for JGR at Road America and then on Sunday for MWR in Sonoma. I’ve never even seen Road America, so this will be a new experience for me. We’ve got some long practice sessions though, so that should give me time to get used to things.”
“Going from one track to the other is going to be a challenge for sure, and not being able to practice at all in Sonoma. We’ve got a good base setup from last year though. We’ve done some testing and I think we will be good. Road racing the day prior will help. Being able to practice and qualify would definitely be better, though. I’ve been racing at Sonoma for nine years and it’s a great track. I’ve had some good runs there.”
“Over time I’ve grown to like road racing more and more. I learned a lot about road racing last year and that helped me a good bit. Running a sports car definitely helped me and gave me a new appreciation for road racing.”
Crew chief Kevin Kidd: “We love road racing as a team. It is an extreme challenge, because it isn’t our ordinary style of racing, but we love taking challenges head on. Road America is a wonderful facility. The track is a pure thoroughbred in the world of circuit racing, and we are honored and excited to be able to race there this weekend. Strategy always comes into the mix at the road races. You’ll tend to work the race backwards with your pit strategy. Typically the faster your pace is, the easier it is to call the race. We hope to really work hard on Friday to get our car as good as it can be, and to open our options for Saturday in regard to strategy.”
-Joe Gibbs Racing