Wednesday, July 24, 2013

NASCAR Driver Statistics - Indianapolis

Not all teams announce their weekly race previews'. Here is a list of those teams that do reveal the information in the teams race preview: 

#1- Jamie McMurray -   McMurray has made 10 starts at IMS, earning one win (2010), three top-five and five top-10 finishes.  He has completed 1,580 laps out of a possible 1,601 laps (98.7%).  He has led 43 laps, and has an average starting position of 15.4 and an average finishing position of 14.0. McMurray’s best start was fourth in 2010.

#2- Brad Keselowski - Keselowski has 3 prior Cup starts at the Brickyard and has scored 2 top 10's, most recently finishing 9th last year. He has an average start of 12.667, an average finish of 12.333 and he has led 39 laps.

#5- Kasey Kahne - In nine Cup starts at Indianapolis, Kahne has two top-five finishes and four top-10s, including a runner-up result in 2005. He has qualified in the top 10 six times at the Brickyard. In this event last year, Kahne started 15th and finished 12th.

#9- Marcos Ambrose - Ambrose will be making his sixth start at the 2.5-mile track this weekend. His best finish was 20th on  07/29/2012. He has an average starts of 24.000 and an average finish of 23.800. 

#10-Danica Patrick - The Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will mark Danica Patrick’s 30th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and her first at Indianapolis.
Patrick competed in the inaugural NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Indianapolis last year and finished 35th after being involved in an accident midway through the race.

#14-Tony Stewart - In 14 Cup races at Indianapolis, Stewart has 1 pole, 2 wins, 6 top 5's,10 top 10's and no DNF's. He has led 227 laps and has an average start of 16.714 with an average finish of  8.214.

#15- Clint Bowyer - In 7 previous Cup starts at the Brickyard Boyer has 2 top 5's, 2 top 10's and has led 2 laps with no DNF's. His average start is 20.429 and average finish is 12.286.

#16- Greg Biffle - Biffle has 10 starts at Indy, earning three top-five and six top-10 finishes. His average start at Indy is 15.3 with an average finish of 12.1.

#17- Ricky Stenhouse Jr - Stenhouse has one Nationwide career start at the historical track, earning a ninth-place finish last year. Stenhouse is currently 21st in the point standings; 47 points out of 10th place.

#18- Kyle Busch - The Brickyard 400 will mark Kyle Busch’s 313th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his ninth Sprint Cup start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Busch has two top-five finishes and six top-10s, and has led a total of 42 laps in eight career Sprint Cup starts at Indianapolis. His average Indianapolis finish is 11.8.

#20- Matt Kenseth - In 13 Sprint Cup Series career starts at Indianapolis, Matt Kenseth has an average finish of 15.8, has completed 1,878 of 2,081 (90.2 percent) career laps, and has led for a total of 39 laps.  He has earned five top-five and seven top-10 finishes at the historic 2.5-mile track. Kenseth’s best finish at Indianapolis is second which he has earned twice (2003 and 2006).

#22- Joey Logano - Logano has 4 starts at Indyscoring 1 top 10 in July of 2010. His average start spot is 18.750 and average finish is 19.750. 

#24- Jeff Gordon - Gordon, who grew up in nearby Pittsboro, has four victories at the famed speedway including the inaugural event in 1994, plus wins in 1998, 2001 and 2004. He also has three poles, 11 top-fives - five more than any other driver - and 15 top-10's in 19 starts at the Indiana track. Gordon also has led the most, 477 and has the most lead lap finishes at the track with 17.

#27- Paul Menard - Menard has six starts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His best start of eighth came in 2012 and his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win came in 2011. The RCR driver has completed 916 of 960 laps attempted (95.4 percent) at the 2.5-mile facility, leading 21 of them.

#29- Kevin Harvick - The 37-year-old driver has competed in 12 events at Indianapolis Motor Speedway since his first NASCAR appearance at the track in 2001. Harvick visited Victory Lane in 2003, earned one pole award (2003) and has collected four top-five and seven top-10 finishes at the historic track. The RCR veteran has completed 99.4 percent (1,909 of 1,921) of the laps contested and is credited with 92 laps led. Harvick was also the first driver to win the Brickyard 400 from the pole position and is only one of two Sprint Cup Series drivers who have achieved this accomplishment.

#31- Jeff Burton -  Burton has started every Sprint Cup Series event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and this weekend's Brickyard 400 will mark his 675th-career Sprint Cup Series entry. He has amassed one top-five and five top-10 finishes at the 2.5-mile facility, starting from the pole position in the 2006 event.

#33- Austin Dillon - Dillon will make his first-career Brickyard 400 start on Sunday afternoon, but grew up attending races at the historic track with his grandfather and car owner Richard Childress. Dillon recalls riding in the pace car as a young child and joined the Victory Lane festivities with Paul Menard in 2011 and Kevin Harvick in 2003. As a driver, Dillon participated in the inaugural NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year, posting a fifth-place finish.

#39- Ryan Newman - In 12 Sprint Cup starts at Indianapolis, Newman has one top-five finish and two top-10s. Newman has an average starting position of 7.9 and an average finish of 19.1 at the 2.5-mile oval, and he’s led 14 laps. 

#42- Juan Pablo Montoya -  In his stock car career, Montoya has made six NSCS starts at the famed IMS. He earned the pole in 2010, and in 2007 he scored his career best finish of second.  He has completed 909 of 960 laps, or 93.6 percent. Montoya has led 202 laps and in the 2009 race he led the most consecutive laps in a single-race, leading from lap 34-92.  He has an average start of 6.2 with an average finish of 22.2.

#43- Aric Almirola - Almirola has just one start at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He started fourth in his first Brickyard 400 but battled an ill-handling car to finish 19th. Veteran Crew Chief Todd Parrott started the NASCAR tradition of kissing the bricks following his first win at the iconic speedway in 1996 with Dale Jarrett behind the wheel. Jarrett earned a second win for Parrott in 1999. In his 15 starts as a crew chief, Parrott has tallied four top-fives, six top-10s and one pole (2005), showing he knows how to get around the 2.5-mile track.

#47- Bobby Labonte - 2000 was a pretty good year for Bobby Labonte. He won the prestigious Brickyard 400 (8/5/00) at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In addition to kissing the bricks, Labonte has four top-five and five top-10 finishes in 19 starts at IMS. His average start is 22.263 and his average finish is 17.474.

#48- Jimmie Johnson - Indianapolis Motor Speedway Notes of Interest:  Four wins (July 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2012). Four top-five finishes (36.4 percent) and five top-10s (45.5 percent) in 11 starts. One pole (2008). Average start of 13.5 and average finish of 16.8.  Completed 1,571 of 1,761 laps (89.2 percent) and led 229. Sprint Cup’s best driver rating (106.3 average of a possible 150 points). Sprint Cup’s best in fastest laps run (144). Sprint Cup’s best average green-flag speed (170.173 mph)

#55- Mark Martin - Martin has finished in the top 11 in all but five of the 19 Brickyard races. He’s finished second twice, posted six top-five finishes, led 67 laps and won the pole in 2009. Martin along with Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte and Jeff Burton are the only drivers who have raced in all 19 Sprint Cup races at Indianapolis.  Only Jimmie Johnson (106.3) and Tony Stewart (102.8) own a higher driver rating at Indianapolis than Martin’s 102.5 rating. He owns a Series-high 1,067 Laps in the Top 15 (83.4%) 

#88- Dale Earnhardt Jr -  In 13 Sprint Cup starts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Earnhardt has recorded three top-10 finishes and led 61 laps. In five of those races, Earnhardt lined up sixth or better for the historic event. He scored his best finish -- fourth-place -- at the 2.5-mile oval last season. According to NASCAR's loop data statistics, Earnhardt ranks eighth among all drivers in the laps led category during the past eight Indianapolis races. The 38-year-old driver has led 48 of the 1,280 laps run during that time frame.

#99- Carl Edwards - Edwards will make his ninth Cup start at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend.  In his previous starts, Edwards has one top-five and three top-10 finishes. His average start is 22 and his average finish is 13.2.  Edwards captured his best start (second) last year and best finish (second) at the Brickyard in 2008.

- Reported in Team News/Press Release

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