Toyota/Save Mart 350
Sunday, June 20
Infineon Raceway at Sonoma, CA
(1.99-mile road course) 350K/110 laps
TNT 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET
PRN and Sirius NASCAR Radio Channel 128
2009 Polesitter: Brian Vickers
2009 Winner: Kasey Kahne
Schedule: (all times PT/local)
Qualifying, 3:35 p.m.
CNN Host Robin Meade to sing the National Anthem for Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350
49ers Legend Roger Craig named Grand Marshal
Craig who helped lead the San Francisco 49ers to three Super Bowl wins, will give the official command at Sunday’s race.
NASCAR HOTPASS™ on DIRECTV
NASCAR HOTPASS™ on DIRECTV is FREE to all DIRECTV customers. Four dedicated driver channels offering viewers multiple camera angles, real-time statistics and audio of the network broadcast augmented by live communication between the drivers and their pit crews is available for all 36 point-paying races during the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.
The NASCAR HOTPASS lineup for the Toyota/Save Mart 350k at the road course at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., is as follows:
DIRECTV Channel 795:
Jamie McMurray – No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet
Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates
DIRECTV Channel 796:
Tony Stewart – No. 14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet t
DIRECTV Channel 797:
Kevin Harvick – No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet
Richard Childress Racing
DIRECTV Channel 798:
Clint Bowyer – No. 33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet
Richard Childress Racing
Watch for the “OFFICIAL SMALL BUSINESS OF NASCAR, COURTESY OF OFFICE DEPOT” SWEEPSTAKES
Tony Stewart and Greg Biffle (No. 16 3M Ford) will feature a special TV panel on their cars encouraging fans to enter the sixth annual “Official Small Business of NASCAR, Courtesy of Office Depot” sweepstakes. Two finalists will get $10,000 and their businesses’ names on the drivers’ cars for the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway in September. If one of the drivers wins the race, the business owner on the winning car earns $1 million.
With a record-setting five wins, it’s safe to say Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet) has no problem finding his way to the checkered flag at Infineon Raceway.
Gordon’s Sonoma resume also includes these impressive stats:
■ He’s the only driver to get consecutive
wins (three), two of those from the pole.
■ Has the most laps led at 437, twice as
many as the next closest driver, Rusty Wallace,
with 171 laps.
But there’s a few other road-course savvy drivers who’d love to swipe this crown:
■ Tony Stewart (No. 14 Office Depot Chevrolet): Went to Victory Lane twice at Infineon, just missed it in 2009 with a second-place finish.
■ AJ Allmendinger (No. 43 Insignia/Best Buy Ford): Road course background, finished 7th last year.
■ Juan Pablo Montoya (No. 42 Target Chevrolet): Got his first, and thus far only, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory here in 2007.
■ Robby Gordon (No. 7 Monster Energy Toyota): Six top 10s and finished second in 2007. But still looking for first Sonoma win.
■ Marcos Ambrose (No. 47 Clorox/Kleenex Toyota): Finished third last year, two titles in Australian road racing series (2003-2004)
Infineon Raceway’s Elite
Driver Wins Date
1. Jeff Gordon 5 ’98,’99,’00,’04,06
2. Ricky Rudd 2 ’89,’02
3. Ernie Irvan 2 ’92,’94
4. Rusty Wallace 2 ’90,’96
5. Tony Stewart 2 ’01,’05
*Carl Edwards, Brad Keselowski and Paul Menard will race in both NASCAR Nationwide Series’ Road America on Saturday and Infineon. Bill Elliott will be in Menard’s No. 98 CertainTeed/ Menards Ford during Saturday’s practice.
DRIVER APPEARANCES/AUTOGRAPH SESSIONS
Sunday, June 20
On Road Course, Turn 11
Scheduled for a special chalk-talk session
Race fans can secure preferred access for this special Q&A by purchasing the “24 Special” ticket package, which gets you one ticket to the race at the regular price, plus a second for just $24 (total price, $119). The chalk-talk session will be open to the public, but to get preferred access, you’ll need the “24 Special.”
■ Brandon Ash, No. 02 Start Natural Energy Drink Dodge.
■ Jan Magnusssen will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut in the No. 09 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet. The Danish F1 driver will have to qualify on time for team owner James Finch.
■ Boris Said will attempt to make his 11th start at Infineon Raceway in the No. 26 Air Guard-GTWGPR Ford. His highest finish in Sonoma: Two sixth-place finishes: 2003 (starting from his one and only pole there) and in 2004.
■ P.J. Jones, in No. 07 SpeedFactory TV Toyota for fellow Californian Robby Gordon. Jones will attempt to qualify for his seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Sonoma.
■ Brian Simo will attempt to start in the No. 36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Toyota. His best finish at Sonoma: 10 in 2005.
■ Mattias Ekstrom will take over the No. 83 Red Bull Toyota from driver Casey Mears. He’ll make history as the first Swede to start a NASCAR Sprint Cup race. He’s a two-time Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters champ who has never competed in any NASCAR series.
Community, Media Invited To Remember Les ‘Coach’ Richter
Fans of Les Richter are invited to honor him with a public viewing and memorial service this week in Riverside, Calif.
Public Viewing, Memorial Information
5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 16
Acheson and Graham Mortuary,
7944 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA 92504.
Public memorial Service
11 a.m. Thursday, June 17
Calvary Presbyterian Church at
4495 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA 92504.
HAPPY 1st FATHER’S DAY!
Celebrating their first Father’s Day at Infineon Raceway are Carl Edwards (No. 99 AFLAC Ford) and Elliott Sadler (No. 19 Stanley Ford). Also, Jeff Burton, Juan Pablo Montoya, and Michael Waltrip will be awarded Fatherhood Awards during the pre-race festivities by the National Fatherhood Initiative for their dedication to their children while balancing their work and family life.
Their stories were featured in a recent USA Weekend cover story illustrating NASCAR’s family-friendly culture.