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2012 Homestead: Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Nov 14, 2012 - 10:18 AM
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2012 Homestead: Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview


DID YOU KNOW? Chevrolet designers and Walt Disney Imagineers have joined forces to give Walt Disney World Resort guests a deep look inside a professional design studio creating a first-of-its-kind multi-sensory virtual experience in automotive design.

 

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Chevrolet and Disney tapped their best design talent with expertise ranging from industrial and automotive design to architecture and animation. The design collaboration began 18 months ago with a few guiding principles – create an experience that is personal, future-focused and optimistic.

The two teams met regularly throughout the development process in both GM’s Design studios in Warren, Mich., and at Test Track in Epcot in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The collaboration allowed for the greatest level of innovation yet ensured the values of both brands were accurately represented in the new attraction, while allowing both teams to learn from each other’s expertise.

TEAM CHEVY SOCIAL MEDIA: Follow Team Chevy on Facebook and @TeamChevy on Twitter to receive the latest news as well as updates with times and locations of events

TEAM CHEVY IN NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES (NSCS) COMPETITION:
· Chevrolet has won 36 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Manufacturers’ Championships

· Team Chevy drivers have scored 701 wins and 634 poles in NSCS competition

TEAM CHEVY FOR THE FANS AT HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY:

Fans can visit the Team Chevy Racing Display at NASCAR Championship Drive located at Lummus Park – Ocean Drive in Miami Beach between 7th and 9th street
Fans can check out great Chevrolet vehicles including: Camaro SS Convertible, Corvette Grand Sport, Malibu and Cruze
· At the display fans can see a variety of show cars including: No. 88 and No. 14 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars
Fans can see a sample of engines, parts and accessories available for purchase from Chevrolet at their local Chevrolet dealer
Other activities at the Team Chevy Racing Display include a variety of interactive games for adults and kids
· Hours of operation: Thurs. Nov. 15th – Noon - 10:00 p.m.; Fri. Nov. 16th – Noon – 10:00 p.m.

CHEVROLET ON THE TRACK—HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY:
Chevrolet drivers have won two of 13 races at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Wins by active drivers are:
Tony Stewart, No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, has visited Victory Lane at Homestead-Miami Speedway three times (’99, ’00 &11)
Kurt Busch, No. 78 Furniture Row/Farm American Chevrolet, has one win at Homestead-Miami Speedway (’02)
A Chevrolet driver has won two (2) of the last 10 races at Homestead-Miami Speedway
A Chevrolet driver has sat on the pole at Homestead-Miami Speedway four (4) times
Team Chevy drivers have scored 24 top-five and 56 top-10 finishes at Homestead-Miami Speedway
A Chevrolet has led 766 laps (29.3% of possible 2,618 laps) at Homestead-Miami Speedway

TEAM CHEVY IN THE GARAGE HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY – PAT SUHY, CHEVROLET RACING, NASCAR GROUP MANAGER:
“Congratulations to Kevin Harvick, Gil Martin and everyone at Richard Childress Racing on the win last weekend in Phoenix. It was great to see them in Victory Lane after a wild finish.

“It's been a great season for Team Chevy in NASCAR in 2012. Across the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series, Team Chevy has enjoyed a lot of success. Chevrolet drivers have visited winner's circle 37 times this season, leading to a sweep of the Manufacturers' Championships; and there's at least one Chevrolet driver in contention in each of the three divisions for the Driver’s Championship. Success in racing doesn't come easy, and NASCAR is the ultimate test of race teams and manufacturers, with grueling schedules and deep fields of competitive teams. Chevy's achievements are the result of hard work by every Chevrolet Team and our own Chevrolet engineers and program managers.

“This week, the NASCAR tour makes its way to Homestead-Miami Speedway for the three final races of 2013. Three Driver Championships will be decided. I'm confident that our teams will do their usual job of being highly prepared and ready to race for wins and for the titles that are on the line. I'm looking forward to three more opportunities to celebrate not only in Victory Lane, but on the championship stages as well.”

TEAM CHEVY FROM THE DRIVER’S SEAT:
JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S CHEVROLET – 2nd IN STANDINGS:
“My focus is going down there and winning the race. We typically haven’t had to have that mentality going into this race, but we have shown we can race for the win. We did it in 2010 against Denny (Hamlin), finished second and won the championship. This 48 Lowe’s team can do it again. We have nothing to lose and can gamble and take chances. Brad (Keselowski) doesn’t have that luxury. This isn’t over. This team never gives up and we don’t intend to, now.”

KASEY KAHNE, NO. 5 FARMERS INSURANCE CHEVROLET – 3rd IN STANDINGS:
“I’m excited to finish off the season strong at Homestead. We usually qualify really well there, and we’ve had strong finishes the last couple of years. The track always has multiple grooves, which I really like.”

KEVIN HARVICK, NO. 29 BUDWEISER CHEVROLET – 8th IN STANDINGS:
"It's been a good track for us. We were good on the flat surface, but have run well with the new configuration, too. Homestead has been one of those tracks we've been fortunate to go to where everything kind of fits the styles of the way our cars are built to run and my driving style. It's definitely been a good race track for us and we're looking forward to going down there and closing out the season strong this week."

TONY STEWART, NO. 14 OFFICE DEPOT/MOBIL 1 CHEVROLET – 9th IN STANDINGS: “You go off into turn one, and when you get into the banking, you lift. If your car is good, you can go and not use any brake, or very, very little brake. You stay one lane off the bottom, past the transition – it’s a little less banking on the lower level toward the apron – so you stay one level above that. As soon as your car settles in you can really just mash right back in the gas and just ride that second level around down onto the backstretch. And then you do exactly the same thing going into turn three. A lot of times in turn three, because of the wind direction there, you can actually go into the corner a lot harder and a lot further, actually turning into the corner before you get off the gas. And it’s the same thing, once that car settles in; you get on the gas and ride it around to the frontstretch. It’s a pretty smooth racetrack.”

JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT 20 YEARS CHEVROLET – 10th IN STANDINGS:
“DuPont gave a young guy with a dream a shot - and I'll never forget that (regarding celebrating 20 years with DuPont at Homestead this weekend). They have been a partner in so many more ways than just sponsoring our team. Over two decades, not only have they supported the business of racing at Hendrick Motorsports and my career, but we have built very strong relationships with all of the DuPont employees. After a few years into the sponsorship, I started to consider myself a DuPont employee - which is an honor. So I just want to thank all of my 'co-workers' for being my most loyal supporters for the last 20 years."

DALE EARNHARDT JR., NO. 88 NATIONAL GUARD/DIET MOUNTAIN DEW CHEVROLET – 12th IN STANDINGS:
“Homestead has turned into a really good racetrack. We are able to move all over the track and look for speed in different places. The cars seem to respond to that. The track is very unique even though it looks quite simple. It is really a challenge. Both corners are very different from each other and require the cars to handle differently in each corner. And then you have other things like the wind. But it is a fun place to race.”

RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 39 U.S. ARMY CHEVROLET – 14th IN STANDINGS:
“I really look forward to Homestead. It’s a really fun racetrack, I think, for all of us. For us to go down there and end the season on a racetrack that is very raceable is something I’m happy about. They really did a great job the third time around on redesigning that racetrack. It’s a great place in my opinion to have a championship weekend for all three series. For me, it’s kind of bittersweet this weekend. We want to win another race. We’re not in the Chase for the Championship. But each and every race, no matter what, we are there to win. It’s our last race with the U.S. Army as a sponsor. That’s going to be special and a little bit emotional from that standpoint. I’ve not had the best record there, but we’ve been getting better here these last three weeks, so we would like to build on that momentum, end the season on a high note and really go into 2013 with something to be proud of. I just want to have the season end on a good note for everybody.”

PAUL MENARD, NO. 27 MENARDS/DURACELL CHEVROLET – 16th IN STANDINGS:
“Homestead (-Miami Speedway) is a wide track and has a lot of different grooves that you can run, which is neat for a driver. Other than that, it’s kind of a boring race track to be honest.”

JEFF BURTON, NO. 31 CATERPILLAR CHEVROLET – 19th IN STANDINGS:
“Honestly, I am. However, I am also excited about the preparations we are making for the 2013 season. This type of year grinds you down. Having a positive attitude goes a long way, but at the same time you need to be a realist and understand what is going on. I am ready for this year to end so we can focus our efforts on 2013. I love racing, but it is time to stop so we can restart for 2013.”

JAMIE MCMURRAY, NO. 1 BASS PRO SHOPS CHEVROLET – 20th IN STANDINGS:
“It’s hard to believe that we are down to the final race of the season. I am looking forward to Homestead-Miami race; I really enjoy racing there since they reconfigured the track. Hopefully we can finish out our season strong with a good run in the Bass Pro Shops Chevy. I know our guys will be ready for some down time with their families around the holidays, before we get back into full swing for 2013 preparation. This is a week where we really get to reflect on everything that has happened over the last 38 weeks, and start looking forward to making 2013 even better for our team.”

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 42 TARGET CHEVROLET – 22nd IN STANDINGS:
“It’s hard to believe it’s the final race of the season. I’m happy to get a bit of a break but also anxious to get started back up again. To tell you the truth, we’ve had a really tough season. But we’ve made a lot of gains and with all of the changes heading into 2013 I’m pretty excited. The Target team never gave up this year and I’ll tell you, this is one of the best group of guys I’ve worked around. We’ll go at it one more time at Homestead and then set our sights on winning a championship in 2013.”

KURT BUSCH, NO. 78 FURNITURE ROW/FARM AMERICAN CHEVROLET – 25th IN STANDINGS:
"Homestead is one of the weirdest tracks for me because of all the excitement that has happened through the years there as well as all of the disappointments. That's what the final race is. I am always a little anxious to get there and also apprehensive at the same time. If you look at my past history at Homestead it's either a top-five or a win, or a DNF, a parts failure or wreck. It seems like it's been win or bust there. As a team we've had a nice progression these past five weeks. We're coming off back-to-back top-10s and it would be nice to finish strong, but it's not the end of the world. I've seen enough so far to know that our Furniture Row Racing team will be going into the offseason with plenty of confidence. The newness has worn off and you can feel it in our debriefing meetings. We now have a little sarcasm and fun compared to the beginning when it was a little tense. We have made a big transition in a short period of time."

Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Statistics

Manufacturers Championships
Total (1949 – 2012): 36
First title for Chevrolet: 1958
Highest number of consecutive titles: 10 (2003-2012)

Years Won: 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Drivers Championships
Total (1949 – 2011): 28
First Chevrolet champion: Buck Baker (1957)
Highest number of consecutive titles: 7 (2005 – ’11)

Years Won: 1957, 1960, 1961, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Event Victories
Record for total race wins in single season: 26 – (in 2007)
2012 STATISTICS:
Wins: 14
Poles: 14
Laps led: 3790
Top-five finishes: 77
Top-10 finishes: 149

CHEVROLET IN NASCAR SPRINT CUP CUMULATIVE STATISTICS:
Total Chevrolet race wins: 701 (1949 – to date); (2,353 possible = 29.8%)
Poles Won to Date: 634
Laps Lead to Date: 208,892
Top-Five Finishes to Date: 3,524
Top-10 Finishes to Date: 7,199

Total NASCAR Cup wins by Corporation, 1949 – To-Date

GM: 1,036
Chevrolet: 701
Pontiac: 155
Oldsmobile: 115
Buick: 65

Ford: 712
Ford: 612
Mercury: 96
Lincoln: 4

Chrysler: 466
Dodge: 217
Plymouth: 190
Chrysler: 59

Toyota: 49

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