Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Bowman gets first laps on downforce track with new Camaro at Atlanta

Alex Bowman is 30/1 to win this week at Atlanta.
Alex Bowman on the Daytona 500:
“It was great to sit on the pole last week in Daytona and have the No. 88 up front. We had a great Camaro ZL1 the entire race and (No. 88 team crew chief) Greg (Ives) made great calls. There at the end, I was in a bad spot on that restart and we got caught in an accident. It wasn’t the finish we wanted, but we will move on to Atlanta.”

Bowman on the Camaro ZL1 at Atlanta:
“I am all for the rough racetrack at Atlanta Motor Speedway. That is a track that always puts on a really good show and I am excited to see how this new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 drives. I haven’t driven one on a downforce track yet, so really looking forward to seeing where we unload.”

Bowman on the return of Axalta:
“The Axalta paint scheme on this No. 88 Camaro ZL1 looks great. I am excited to get back behind the wheel of the No. 88 Axalta machine this weekend in Atlanta. The track is rough and has a lot of bumps, which makes for great racing. Hopefully we can put the new Camaro ZL1 in Victory Lane this weekend.”

Driver: Alex Bowman
Hometown: Tucson, Arizona
Age: 24 
Resides: Mooresville, North Carolina

DAYTONA REWIND: After capturing the pole for Sunday’s 60th running of the Daytona 500, Alex Bowman brought the field to the green flag in his No. 88 Nationwide Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. The 24-year-old driver led the Daytona 500 for the first time – leading 13 total laps – before being caught up in a lap 199 incident and finishing 17th. He spent 147 of the first 199 laps running inside the top 10.

BOWMAN AT ATLANTA: Bowman has two previous starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series, with his best finish of 23rd coming back in 2015. Bowman drove for GMS Racing in last year’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at the track, where he started fifth and finished sixth. In addition to his one truck appearance, Bowman made one Atlanta start in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2013, when he started 18th but suffered engine complications, relegating him to a 34th-place finish.

AXALTA CAMARO ZL1: Bowman will be behind the wheel of the No. 88 Axalta Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend. The Tucson, Arizona, native last drove an Axalta paint scheme at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2016. Atlanta will be the first of 15 NASCAR Cup Series events in which Axalta will adorn the No. 88 machine.

IVES AT ATLANTA: No. 88 team crew chief Greg Ives has three previous starts calling the shots atop the pit box at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Cup Series, which include two top-five finishes with Dale Earnhardt Jr. Ives was the crew chief for two races at the track for JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series, capturing one top-five finish and two top-10s in addition to earning the pole with Chase Elliott in 2014.
2018 Season
  • 14th in standings
  • 1 start
  • 0 wins
  • 1 pole position
  • 0 top-five finishes
  • 0 top-10 finish
  • 13 laps led
  • 82 starts
  • 0 wins
  • 2 pole positions
  • 0 top-five finishes
  • 3 top-10 finishes
  • 216 laps led
Track Career 
  • 2 starts
  • 0 wins
  • 0 pole positions
  • 0 top-five finishes
  • 0 top-10 finishes
  • 0 laps led

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