Truex Jr. Looking to Shine at Another Crown Jewel Race


DENVER, Colo. (July 20, 2016) – When it comes to what is known as NASCAR’s four crown jewel races, Martin Truex Jr. is off to a pretty good start. He finished second by inches in the Daytona 500 and then went on to win the Coca-Cola 600 in record fashion at Charlotte Motor Speedway, leading 392 of 400 laps.


The third crown jewel will be contested Sunday – the Brickyard 400 at the hallowed grounds of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The fourth major -- the Southern 500 will take place over Labor Day weekend at the historic Darlington (S.C.) Raceway.


“Indy is another race that we all want to win,” said Truex. “It’s not only one of our biggest and most prestigious races, but it’s at a venue that carries plenty of history, and where many of the top names in auto racing have competed and won. We also have a new primary sponsor for this race – Auto-Owners Insurance – and that makes it even more exciting for our Furniture Row Racing team.”


Truex, who had his best career result at Indy last year with a fourth-place finish, doesn’t doubt for one second that his No. 78 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota can win the revered race.


“We’ve been fast all year and I don’t see any reason why we won’t be the same at Indy,” noted Truex, who is seventh in driver points. “We tested there recently and felt we learned a lot. Our Furniture Row Racing crew is looking forward to the return visit. But make no mistake, Indianapolis is not an easy track. All four corners have a different character to them and you have to drive each one differently. Plenty of things to work out there. It’s going to be hot, the track will be slick. It will be another typical challenging weekend at Indy.”


He added, “We had shots at winning the past two races at Kentucky and New Hampshire, but a (pit-road passing) penalty that I questioned spoiled our chance in Kentucky and a broken shifter was the culprit in New Hampshire.”


By leading 123 laps in New Hampshire Truex continues to be the Sprint Cup Series front runner with 989 laps led after the first 19 races. His previous best season for laps led in 36 races was 581 in 2007. Last year he led 567.


“Leading all those laps is a tribute to our team – crew chief Cole Pearn, the engineers, road crew, pit crew and all the guys back at the shop in Denver, the Toyota power and our technical alliance with Joe Gibbs Racing,” explained Truex. “We might be different in some ways, but the bottom line is that we’ve been competitive week in and week out.”


In 11 career starts at the Brickyard 400, Truex has one top five, two top 10s. His starting average is 22.3 and finishing average 19.3.



Truex’s Career Record at Indianapolis


Year

Start

Finish

Status/Laps

Laps Led

2005

17

42

Crash, 62/160

0

2006

23

19

Running, 160/160

0

2007

33

12

Running, 160/160

0

2008

25

24

Running, 160/160

3

2009

13

17

Running, 160/160

0

2010

12

26

Running, 160/160

0

2011

30

24

Running, 160/160

0

2012

17

8

Running, 160/160

0

2013

38

11

Running, 160/160

0

2014

25

25

Running, 160/160

0

2015

13

4

Running, 164/164

0


Indianapolis Motor Speedway Totals

Races

Win

T5

T10

Pole

Laps Led

AvgSt

AvgFn

DNF

11

0

1

2

0

3

22.3

19.3

1



Truex’s 2016 Sprint Cup Series Results


No.

Date

Event

St

Fn

Laps

Led

Status

Points

Standing

1

2/21

Daytona 500

28

2

200/200

2

Running

40/40

2

2

2/28

Atlanta

9

7

330/330

34

Running

20*/60

2

3

3/6

Las Vegas

10

11

267/267

0

Running

30/90

9

4

3/13

Phoenix

8

14

313/313

0

Running

27/117

9

5

3/20

Fontana

17

32

204/205

21

Running

10/127

11

6

4/3

Martinsville

16

18

500/500

0

Running

23/150

11

7

4/9

Fort Worth

3

6

334/334

141

Running

37/187

11

8

4/17

Bristol

8

14

500/500

0

Running

27/214

10

9

4/24

Richmond

22

9

400/400

0

Running

32/246

10

10

5/1

Talladega

12

13

188/188

0

Running

28/274

9

11

5/7

Kansas

1

14

267/267

172

Running

29/303

10

12

5/15

Dover

7

9

267/267

47

Running

33/336

9

13

5/29

Charlotte

1

1

400/400

392

Running

45/381

7

14

6/6

Pocono

17

19

160/160

0

Running

22/403

9

15

6/12

Michigan

2

12

200/200

10

Running

30/433

8

16

6/26

Sonoma

3

5

110/110

0

Running

36/469

8

17

7/2

Daytona

15

29

127/161

1

Running

13/482

7

18

7/9

Kentucky

7

10

267/267

46

Running

32/514

7

19

7/17

Loudon

3

16

301/301

123

Running

26/540

7


Top 5s: 3 Top-10s: 8 Laps Led: 989 Avg Start: 9.9 Avg. Finish: 12.7


*penalized 15 points


Furniture Row Racing Traveling Roster, 2016

 

No. 78 Over-the-Wall Crew

Front-tire changer

Chris Taylor, West Plains, Mo.

Front-tire carrier

Chris Hall, Springfield, Mo.

Rear-tire changer

Lee Cunningham, Lake River, IL

Rear-tire carrier

Adam Mosher, Fort Mill, S.C.

Jackman

Bailey Walker, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Gasman

Brian Dheel, Norton, Ohio



No. 78 Road Crew

President

Joe Garone, Denver, Colo.

Crew Chief

Cole Pearn, London, Ontario, Canada

Car Chief

Blake Harris, Maypearl, Texas

Race Engineers

Jeff Curtis, Fairfax Station, Va.

Pete Craik, Melbourne, Australia

Data/IT/Engineer

Ryan Kelly, London, Ontario, Canada

Engine Tuner

Greg Huls, Beatrice, Neb.

Engine Engineer

Jon Grove, Mandurah, Australia

Engine Builder

TRD, U.S.A

Spotters

Clayton Hughes, Thomasville, N.C.

Shock Specialist

Nick Kerlin, Old Fort, Ohio

Tire Specialist 

Tommy DiBlasi, Annapolis, Md.

Front-End Mechanic

Gary Frost, Romeo, Mich.,

Rear-End Mechanic

Nino Venezia, Philadelphia

Floater Mechanic

Todd Carmichael, Redding, Calif.

Transportation

Chuck Lemay, DeKalb, IL,  Barry Huston, Bloomingdale, Mich., Roy Miller, Elkridge, Md., Roger Pritchard, Hutchinson, Kan., Henry Benfield, Statesville, N.C.