JTG Daugherty Racing co-owner Tad Geschickter currently holds the 28th spot in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series owners standings leading into Sonoma Raceway with driver Bobby Labonte back behind the wheel.
JTG DAUGHERTY RACING QUOTES:
Pleased with progress during race: "I was happy with how we improved the No. 47 Charter car throughout the race," AJ Allmendinger said. "When we started in practice, we were way off. When we started the race, we were not great. By the end, the car was better. We improved it a lot. I was pretty happy with the progress of the car. I think there are some good things here to go off of and learn from. It's not like you want to celebrate with a 19th-place finish, but it's a decent day for what we had."
Deciphering a tough, but positive weekend: "I think at the end of the day we had a really tough weekend, but we rallied back from it during the race," JTG Daugherty Racing competition director Bobby Hutchens said. "We learned some things from AJ Allmendinger about our Charter Toyota and about our engine that we can carry forward with Bobby at Sonoma Raceway, Kentucky Speedway and so forth. It was a positive experience and we will build on it and go from there."
Overcoming obstacles: "AJ Allmendinger did a good job hanging with us today," JTG Daugherty Racing crew chief Brian Burns said. "We didn't really know what we had going into the race because of complications we had in practice - - just rear end parts failures that really put us back. We couldn't pinpoint when it happened. It could have been when we unloaded the car that we started fighting it. It's hard to figure out what setup to start with when you have something like that happen. AJ worked with us the first half of the race and gave us a lot of information that helped us get the Charter Toyota Camry tuned in for him. In the end, we were on the lead lap and AJ took advantage of some extra spots. He was driving pretty hard."
Focused on improving: "The team is just trying to get better," AJ Allmendinger said. "Whatever they feel is going to help them get better, I'm trying to help whether it's just providing some more information, a different outlook or whatever they need. For me, it just gives me another kind of knowledge for myself of what a different car feels like. I don't know if it's good or bad unfortunately. I'm figuring out what all cars feel like. Obviously, we would like to go out there and be the fastest car and all that, but that's not realistic either. It's a building process. It's tough for me because I don't even know what I'm doing from week to week or next year or all that. If somehow I can contribute to make this team better then I'm happy."
AJ ALLMENDINGER STATS:
Career Starts: 179
First Start: 3/25/2007 Bristol
First Pole: 4/10/2010 Phoenix
Last Start: 6/9/2013 Pocono
Last Pole: 4/22/2012 Kansas
Best Start: 1 4/10/2010 Phoenix
Best Finish: 2 4/1/2012 Martinsville
Driver DOB: 12/16/1981
Hometown: Los Gatos, CA
Crew Chief: Brian Burns
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Ron and Pam Sarkozi from Fenton, Michigan along with their family and friends were awarded with Tailgater of the Week honors. They were highly visible with their row of four buses and massive observation deck nestled in the infield of Michigan International Speedway in between Turns 3 and 4.
"We like Michigan International Speedway and it's our home track," Ron Sarkozi said. "We've been coming here for 17 years and we attend the June and August races. We like to grill out when we're here. Our favorite things to grill are burgers and bratwurst and we've got BUSH'S Beans to go along with our meal today."
Are you the ultimate “Grillmaster” at the race track? Do you want to win an all expense paid trip and be the VIP guest of JTG Daugherty Racing at the big race in Las Vegas in 2014?
If you answered yes, then get out to the track and let us know where you are tailgating! Each race weekend during the Sprint Cup season JTG Daugherty Racing will be scouting the infields and campgrounds, looking for the best tailgaters at the track. The best, most enthusiastic tailgaters each race weekend will win a custom prize pack and become eligible for our “TAILGATER OF THE YEAR” competition.
You can let us know where you are tailgating by tweeting us your location.
Throughout the weekend, leading up to the green flag, our team members, owners and maybe even Bobby Labonte himself will be patrolling the infield and campsites looking for the best tailgaters. So, fire up your grills with Kingsford® Charcoal, heat up a can of Bush’s® Grillin’ Beans and clean up your messes with Clorox® and Scott® Brand Products!
Simply follow us on Twitter @NASCAR47 , send us a tweet with your tailgate location and include the hash tag #TweetYourTailgate.
Visit www.RaceSavers.com for more details!
Friday, June 14
SPEED, Wendy Venturini talks about AJ Allmendinger driving the No. 47 car
USA Today, Nate Ryan interviewed AJ Allmendinger about driving the No. 47 car
SPEED, Ralph Sheheen, interviewed AJ Allmendinger about driving the No. 47 car before qualifying
Yahoo! Sports, Bobby Labonte story, http://sports.yahoo.com/news/labonte-welcomes-ride-michigan-203022673--nascar.html
NASCAR.com, Bobby Labonte story, http://www.nascar.com/en_us/news-media/articles/2013/06/14/bobby-labonte-on-racing-for-phoenix-racing-at-michigan.html
Saturday, June 15
SPEED, Practice coverage
SiriusXM, Claire B. Lang interviews Bobby Labonte
Sunday, June 16
TNT, Race coverage
MRN Radio, Race coverage
SiriusXM, Pat Patterson interview with AJ Allmendinger about driving the No. 47 car
ESPN, NASCAR Now interview with AJ Allmendinger about driving the No. 47 car
SPEED, RaceDay interview with AJ Allmendinger
SPEED, RaceDay interview with Bobby Labonte
SiriusXM, Claire B. Lang interviews Bobby Hutchens
SiriusXM, Claire B. Lang interviews AJ Allmendinger