Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Austin Dillon using fifth-place Fontana chassis this week

Austin Dillon is 30-to-1 to win at Fontana Sunday. 
This Week’s American Ethanol Chevrolet SS at Auto Club Speedway … Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 504 in the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway. Dillon’s teammate Ryan Newman drove this No. 31 entry to a fifth-place finish at Auto Club Speedway in 2015 before this Chevrolet SS was branded with Dow colors and prepared for the 2016 season as a No. 3 entry.

Dillon at Auto Club Speedway … Dillon has two previous NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts to his credit at Auto Club Speedway, earning finishes of 16th and 11th in 2015 and 2014, respectively. He has made three previous starts at the two-mile track in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, earning a pair of fifth-place finishes (2012 and 2013) and one DNF (2015).

Think Green … American Ethanol, a renewable source of cleaner burning energy from the bounty of America’s farmers, helps create new green jobs and a renewed sense of pride for the American worker, while helping to achieve greater energy security for our country. Launched by Growth Energy and the National Corn Growers Association, along with the support of other partners, American Ethanol is a breakthrough brand that seeks to expand consumer awareness of the benefits of ethanol and E15, and takes the NASCAR Green initiative to the next level. NASCAR® drivers have run more than eight million miles on renewable Sunoco Green E15. At its core, American Ethanol is a green fuel for an increasingly environmentally-conscious America, and pairs perfectly with the naturally beautiful state of California.

Meet Dillon … Dillon is scheduled to participate in a Q&A session on behalf of Coca-Cola at Auto Club Speedway’s Fan Fest event on Thursday, March 17 at 6:30 p.m. Local Time. Dillon will be at the Coca-Cola Race Day Ready mobile unit.


Is Auto Club Speedway a place where you get a real sensation of speed or is it just a lot like the other intermediate tracks?

“You definitely have a sensation of speed at Auto Club Speedway. You’re rolling at Fontana because the straightaways are so long you have to get going at some point. It will be fun, especially with the low downforce package and no grip already. You’ll be fighting some side-force throughout the corner.”

Talk about the seams at Auto Club Speedway. How do they affect your line around the track?

“The seams can really make or break a corner if you get caught on one. You have to really focus on your entry and how you straddle them because you’re looking at that seam all the way around the track and you can kind of get lost in it so you don’t want to put your right front against it or right under it. It’s one of those places that you want to center it up and try to skip it.”

- Richard Childress Racing

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