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This Week at the Shop: Testing

The final road course race of the season takes place in two weeks in Watkins Glen, NY. This unique race presents a great opportunity for teams outside of a Chase position to clinch a wild card spot with a win. Earlier this week, JGR sent its road course cars at Road Atlanta, a track where teams are permitted by NASCAR to test.  Road Course expert Max Papis joined Joey Logano for the test to provide invaluable insight and instructions for improving road course techniques. We equipped this No. 20 Home Depot Toyota with a passenger’s seat – something you don’t see too often in NASCAR racecars.

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Special Car Paid Tribute to Gibbs’ HOF Induction

In honor of Interstate Batteries’ and Joe Gibbs Racing’s 20th anniversary together in NASCAR, a series of press releases highlighting 20 big moments will be distributed throughout 2011. This is the 10th of the 20 releases. Attached is a photo of the Interstate Batteries/Joe Gibbs Hall of Fame tribute car that Bobby Labonte drove at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in July 1996. Credit is Interstate Batteries.

When the Class of 2011 is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, this Saturday, the prestigious club will have 267 members. And while many of those greats from football have gone on to broadcasting careers or become highly successful businessmen, few have had the success in another sport like three-time Super Bowl-winning coach and 1996 inductee Joe Gibbs.
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This Week at the Shop: Indy Prep

One of the biggest races of the season happens this weekend in Indianapolis, IN. Each of our three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams are busy preparing their primary and backup cars for this big event. The cars are stationed on laser-leveled setup plates and final checklists are sorted through. Tungsten weights are used during the setup process to achieve optimum balance.  They come in several weights and fit nicely inside the framerails.

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