This Week’s PEAK/Menards Chevrolet … Paul Menard will pilot chassis No. 409 for both the Budweiser Duel and Daytona 500. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS is a new addition to the Richard Childress Racing stable this season.
Stats for “The Great American Race”… Menard has 11 starts at Daytona International Speedway. His best start of first came in July 2008 and his best finish of sixth came in last year’s Daytona 500. The Wisconsin native has completed 1,933 of 1,948 laps attempted at the 2.5-mile superspeedway, leading 37 of them.
PEAK Colors Adorn the Hood of No. 27 Menards Chevrolet …PEAK’s parent company, Old World Industries, LLC, headquartered outside of Chicago in Northbrook, Ill., was founded more than 30 years ago. Today, the company conducts business in more than 52 countries around the Globe and is a symbol of growth and success. Peak Performance Products provides a variety of consumer products for automotive enthusiasts. For more information, visit www.peakauto.com.
Time to Duel … The Budweiser Duels at Daytona feature two 150-mile races to determine the final starting grid for the Daytona 500. By virtue of qualifying 14th in last Sunday’s qualifying session, Menard will start seventh in the second of the two qualifying races on Thursday, Feb. 21.
Let’s Get “Sirius”… Be sure to tune in to Sirius XM Radio Channel 90 at 3:15 p.m.ET on Saturday, Feb. 23. Menard will join hosts Dave Moody and Angie Skinner atop the Fan Deck at Daytona International Speedway to chat about what to expect heading into Sunday’s Daytona 500.
Don’t Miss Your Chance to See Paul Menard at the Chevy Q&A … Fans can participate in a question-and-answer session with Menard on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 12:30 p.m. ET on the Team Chevy Stage, located in the merchandise area outside of Turn 4.
Paul Menard’s Strategy for the Budweiser Duels on Thursday: “We aren’t locked into the “500″, so we’ve got to go race. After watching the Sprint Unlimited Saturday night, the cars seemed to drive pretty well, even though it was really cold out. We are going to be racing the Duels on Thursday in the daylight. I’m not sure what the temperature is going to be, but nonetheless it’s going to be a little more of a handful. We’ve got to keep the nose clean on our PEAK/Menards Chevrolet and just go out and race hard.”
Menard’s Thoughts on the Daytona 500: “There are a lot of unknowns going into the Daytona 500. We learned a little bit about how this new Gen-6 car will handle in the draft during testing in January and practice last week. I think it’s going to be a handful in the draft. We will get some drivability built into the cars between now and the “500″, but it’s going to be a wild race. It feels a lot like the old surface before they repaved it. It has a lot less grip and the cars slide around quite a bit, but that what makes for a fun and exciting race.”
-Richard Childress Racing PR