This weekend’s race will be Jamie McMurray’s 11th start at Sonoma Raceway.
He has completed 1106 out of a possible 1107 laps and has zero DNF’s (did not finish) at the track. He has one top-five and one top-10 finish. The driver of the No. 1 Cessna Chevrolet SS qualified on the pole in 2007, and led 30 laps. His best finish at the track is second in 2004. McMurray’s driver rating of 84.4 ranks him the 12th-best among active drivers. In his 10 previous starts McMurray ranks 10th in green flag passes with 441, and has an average finish of 17.1 at Sonoma Raceway.-Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
AJ Allmendinger is returning to the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) this weekend after a five-year hiatus.
Having two previous starts under his belt at Road America, Allmendinger made a trip to Victory Lane in 2006 in the CART Series. He also made a visit to the facility in the same series in 2004 where he finished 13th. His victory in 2006 marked his last win in an open-wheel series. Over the last seven years, Allmendinger has competed in nine road course events on the NASCAR circuit. Out of those nine starts, he has completed over 900 miles as well as recorded eight top-15 finishes.-Penske Racing
Heading into this weekend at Elkhart Lake, Sam Hornish Jr. is well positioned to capture his first-ever road course victory in NASCAR competition.
He has progressively improved on these circuits over the last two seasons. He captured three top-five finishes on road courses last year with a second-place at Montreal (NNS), a third-place at Watkins Glen (NNS) and a fifth-place at Sonoma (NSCS).-Penske Racing
In 2011, Joey Logano surprised the racing world, and himself, by laying down an impressive qualifying lap at Sonoma and winning his first-career road course pole.
Logano, who never did any road racing until he reached NASCAR, has spent a lot of time testing various cars at Sonoma to get more acclimated to the track. In the 2011 race at Sonoma, he led five laps and finished sixth. He’s scored two top-10 finishes in his four career races at Sonoma. Logano, along with his Shell-Pennzoil Racing Ford team, got ready for the right and left turns of Sonoma Raceway by spending two separate test days at both Road Atlanta and Virginia International Raceway doing road course testing.-Penske Racing
Since the start of the 2011 season, Brad Keselowski has averaged a ninth-place finish at Sonoma and Watkins Glen International.
In addition, Keselowski owns five top-five finishes and eight top-10 finishes on road courses in NASCAR Nationwide Series competition. In preparation for this weekend’s race, Keselowski and the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford team tested at both Virginia International Raceway and Road Atlanta in recent weeks.-Penske Racing
Ron Fellows will begin his race toward his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory when he pilots the No. 33 Circle Sport Chevrolet in the upcoming road course events.
Canadian Tire Corporation will be the primary sponsor for Fellows along with associate sponsorship from Texas-based AER Manufacturing in the Sprint Cup Series races at Sonoma Raceway (June 23) and Watkins Glen International (August 11). Fellows has six NASCAR victories to his credit in NASCAR Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series competition. He is intent on joining the list of 23 drivers to win a race in each of NASCAR’s three major touring series.
Caymus Vineyards, part of the prestigious Wagner Family of Wine, will be on board the No. 13 GEICO Ford Fusion as an associate sponsor for the upcoming Sonoma Raceway event.
Having a prestigious California winery with such a strong commitment to family tradition and producing quality products makes the Caymus Vineyards pairing with Casey Mears, of Bakersfield, CA, and Germain Racing a perfect match."We are pleased to be an Associate Sponsor of Casey Mears from Germain Racing and supporter of NASCAR for this year’s Sonoma race. In addition to enjoying this great sport, Caymus has many friends connected with NASCAR and we are happy to be able to support them in some way," said Chuck Wagner, Owner/Winemaker, Caymus Vineyards and Wagner Family of Wine.
Max Papis, the Italian road-course veteran, has two-career starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Road America.
His best start of second came in 2011 and best finish of fourth came in 2012. Papis has completed 105 of 107 laps attempted (98.1 percent) at the 4.048-mile road course, leading one of them. Papis will pilot chassis No. 095 at Road America. This No. 33 Chevrolet Camaro was previously tested this season at Virginia International Raceway. It was also utilized last year at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, where Brendan Gaughan drove it to an 11th- place finish.-Richard Childress Racing