Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Newman says Fontana 'like a flat Atlanta Motor Speedway'

Ryan Newman is 30/1 to win first career race at Fontana 
Ryan Newman
No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS

Race Notes and Quotes:

This Week’s Caterpillar Chevrolet SS at Auto Club Speedway
… Ryan Newman will drive chassis No. 504 in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway. This No. 31 Chevrolet SS is a brand new car and will take to the track for the first time on Friday when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams practice and qualify at the two-mile, D-shaped oval.

Newman at Cali … In 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Auto Club Speedway, Newman owns one pole and has earned four top-five and eight top-10 finishes. His best result of third place was in the May 2004 race. The South Bend, Ind., native has an average start of 14th and average finish of 17th. When calculating points earned over the last five races at Auto Club Speedway, Newman has collected the third most amount of points as a result of two top-five and four top-10 finishes.

Featured Caterpillar Dealers … Johnson Machinery and Quinn Company will be featured on the deck lid of the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS this weekend in the Auto Club 400.
Johnson Machinery: Johnson Machinery is Caterpillar’s only Platinum level dealer, and has served Riverside and San Bernardino counties since 1940. Johnson offers the complete line of Caterpillar construction equipment products, new and used parts, service and rentals. Headquartered in Riverside, they have locations in Indio, Victorville, and Temecula. For more information, visit: http://www.johnson-machinery.com.

Quinn Company: Quinn Company provides new and used equipment sales, parts, service and rentals on Cat® brand machines. Quinn’s operations span fifteen counties throughout Central and Southern California, including a portion of Arizona, covering over 50,000 square miles and representing 32% of the State of California. The Company serves its customers through a dedicated employee population of more than 1,000, based out of 18 locations. From Salinas to Foothill Ranch, Quinn is your one-stop-shop for all your earthmoving, agriculture, engine, lift truck and equipment rental service needs. For more information, visit:http://www.quinncompany.com.

About Caterpillar … For nearly 90 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets. With 2013 sales and revenues of $55.656 billion, Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives. The company principally operates through its three product segments – Resource Industries, Construction Industries and Energy & Transportation – and also provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment. For more information, visit caterpillar.com. To connect with us on social media, visitcaterpillar.com/social-media.

Get to the Points … Newman now ranks eighth in the championship point standings entering this weekend’s race event at Auto Club Speedway. Last weekend’s third-place finish at Phoenix International Raceway was the No. 31 team’s second-straight, top-five and third top-10 finish of the season. Through the last three Cup events, Newman has scored the third most amount of points.

Last Time Around … Last season, Newman drove Richard Childress Racing’s No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS to a 20th-place finish after a cut tire ended the team’s top-10 effort with less than 10 laps remaining.


Would you call Auto Club Speedway a tricky track?

“Auto Club Speedway is not tricky. It actually has turned into a really fun track to drive. As it’s aged, it’s a whole lot of fun. It’s like a flat Atlanta Motor Speedway. You have to drive the racecar, avoid the seams or at least split the seams. It has a lot of character, and character is what makes a great race track.”

Is the key to Auto Club Speedway avoiding the seams?
“It all depends what your racecar needs. Sometimes you can use the seam to your advantage but usually the seam is less grip so it is not ideal, but you can use the seams to manipulate your car.”

What is the best thing about California that doesn’t have anything to do about racing?
“I think the weather since it is typically really nice. It depends what time of year you are out there. It is definitely a different environment than what we are use to in the southeast.”

- Richard Childress Racing

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