Turner Scott Motorsports NNS Previews: Daytona International Speedway

By Official Release On Tue, Feb. 19, 2013

Drive4Cope 300 - NNSTurner Scott Motorsports NASCAR Nationwide Series News & Notes:
Daytona International Speedway

Nelson Piquet Jr.

No. 30 WORX Chevrolet Camaro

Daytona International Speedway | DRIVE4COPD 300

February 23, 2013

Moving on Up…2012 was a breakthrough year for Nelson Piquet Jr. in both the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) and the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) at the newly-rebranded Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM). He became the first ever Brazilian to win in NASCAR after claiming a victory at the NNS race at Road America in only his third-career series start. His NCWTS season was groundbreaking as well; ending his year with two wins, three pole awards and receiving the award for NCWTS 2012 Most Popular Driver. Piquet Jr. will now become the first Brazilian to run a full-time NNS schedule in the No. 30 Camaro under the guidance of crew chief Chris Carrier.

This Week’s Camaro…The No. 30 WORX team will utilize chassis TSM-110 this Saturday at Daytona International Speedway. TSM-110 has not seen track time since the 2011 NNS season.

Welcome Aboard…Piquet Jr. and his TSM family welcomes WORX aboard the No. 30 Chevrolet Camaro. WORX manufactures tools and landscaping equipment and is based in Charlotte, N.C. For more information visit: www.WORX.com

Off-Season…Piquet Jr. spent very little time resting over his off-season. The young talent competed in the 24 Hours of Daytona, the Florida Winter Tour karting championship, and the Race of the Stars in his home country of Brazil.

Say Hello…Stop by the Chevy stage outside turn four on Thursday, February 21 at 4:00 p.m. EST to meet Piquet Jr. and his TSM teammates, Miguel Paludo, James Buescher, Justin Allgaier and newcomer Kyle Larson.

Watch and Listen…The DRIVE4COPD can be seen live on Saturday, February 23 on ESPN.  Race coverage will begin at 12:00 p.m. EST. The event can also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as Sirius Satellite Radio, channel 90.

Nelson Piquet Jr. on his first season in NNS

“I’m so ready for this season to finally start. Running full time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series is a dream come true for me. I think Turner Scott Motorsports is going to be a very competitive team this year and I’m ready to earn them the wins they deserve. 2013 will be the most races in a season I’ve ever had in my racing career and I think that can only grow me as a driver. I know the competition is strong, but that can only help me improve.”

NNS results at

Daytona International Speedway:

Starts: 0

Wins: 0

Poles: 0

Top 5: 0

Top 10: 0

Laps Led: 0

Average Start: 0

Average Finish: 0

 

Justin Allgaier

No. 31 Brandt Chevrolet Camaro

Daytona International Speedway | DRIVE4COPD 300

February 23, 2013

New Year, New Car, New Crew Chief…After finishing sixth in the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) points standings, Justin Allgaier heads into the 2013 season with renewed confidence. The much-anticipated Chevrolet Camaro will make its NNS debut at Daytona International Speedway. In addition to the new car, Allgaier will have a new crew chief atop the pit box. Veteran crew chief Scott Zipadelli joined the No. 31 BRANDT team in January. Zipadelli comes to Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM) with several years of experience in the Nationwide Series, most recently working at RAB Racing.

BRANDT’s 60th Anniversary Paint Scheme…The new No. 31 Chevy Camaro will debut with BRANDT’s 60th Anniversary paint scheme.The Springfield, Ill based companyis celebrating its 60th year helping farmers adopt new and profitable technologies for their business.

This Week’s Camaro…Justin Allgaier and the No. 31 BRANDT Chevrolet Camaro team will utilize chassis TSM-334 this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. TSM-334 is a new car and will make its debut at the famed 2.5-mile superspeedway.

Say Hello…Justin will spend Wednesday, February 20 in Tampa, Fla., at TradeMark Nitrogen for Justin Allgaier Day. TradeMark Nitrogen has partnered with BRANDT to be part of the No. 31 Ag Car again for the 2013 season. Allgaier will also join his TSM teammates for an appearance at the Team Chevy stage Thursday, February 21 at 4:00 p.m. EST outside turn four, in the DIS fan midway.

From the Crew Chief, Scott Zipadelli…”I enjoy superspeedway racing in general, so I really look forward to going to Daytona for the big race. There’s a lot of anxiety involved with the big wreck. You want to run up front all day, but you don’t want to take unneccesary risks to end your day early. Daytona is a little bit easier as far as setup and speed, compared to a short track like Phoenix. Our objective for the first five races is to finish the best we can and not wreck the car.”

Justin Allgaier on Daytona International Speedway

“I’m excited to get the 2013 season started. I have a new crew chief, Scott Zipadelli, and I’m really looking forward to working with him. He’s worked in the Nationwide Series a while and has a lot of experience at Daytona. Last year we were involved in an accident late in the race, so I’m hoping for a better finish in the first race of the season with the new BRANDT Chevy Camaro.”

NNS results at

Daytona International Speedway:

Starts: 8

Wins: 0

Poles: 0

Top 5: 2

Top 10: 4

Laps Led: 18

Average Start: 15.9

Average Finish: 17.6

 

 

Kyle Larson

No. 32 Clorox Chevrolet Camaro

Daytona International Speedway | DRIVE4COPD 300

February 23, 2013

Practice Makes Perfect… Spending nearly two weeks in Daytona and competing in 5 races prior to his NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) debut, Larson has spent plenty of time at the 2.5-mile superspeedway. Claiming an impressive second-place finish in the ARCA Racing Series Lucas Oil 200 last Saturday, the young driver gained some drafting experience in his first restrictor-plate race that he will carry with him to pilot the No. 32 Clorox Camaro this weekend.

“The ARCA race was a lot different from what I think we’ll see in the Nationwide race, but I was able to learn a little at the beginning about side drafting when we were running three wide in the pack,” Larson said. “Staying out of trouble will be important, so hopefully we can get a good qualifying run in and run up front this Saturday too.”

Along for the Full Ride… With a near-flawless performance in his first ever restrictor plate racing experience, Larson was approved by NASCAR to compete at the NNS level at Daytona this weekend. The approval was the last that the Earnhardt Ganasasi development driver needed, leaving the door open for him to compete for the 2013 NNS Champoinship title with Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM). Larson, the 20-year-old driver from Elk Grove, Calif., will a make his series debut behind the wheel of the No. 32 Clorox Chevrolet Camaro fielded by TSM during Daytona Speedweeks in the DRIVE4COPD 300 NNS race on February 23. Larson will also compete for NNS Rookie of the Year honors.

This Week’s Camaro… The No. 32 Clorox Chevrolet team and crew chief Trent Owens have prepared chassis TSM-111 for Larson at Daytona International Speedway. This particular chassis was completely rebuilt over the off season and will hit the track with a clean slate this weekend.

Kyle Larson Daytona International Speedway

“It’s hard to plan a strategy when it comes to these restrictor plate races because things change so quickly every lap. I started to get the feel for side drafting last weekend, and I think that’s something that will carry over for this Saturday. I think the Nationwide cars will be a lot of fun and I’m really looking forward to just getting behind the wheel and getting this season started with Turner Scott Motorsports.”

NCWTS results at

Daytona International Speedway:

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Danica Patrick

No. 34 Go Daddy Chevrolet Camaro

Daytona International Speedway | DRIVE4COPD 300

February 23, 2013

Hitting The High Banks…The 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) season opens at Daytona International Speedway this Saturday, February 23. Danica Patrick, who embarks on her first full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) season this year, will be behind the wheel of the No. 34 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet Camaro for Turner Scott Motorsports in the NNS season opener. The race will mark Patrick’s first event for TSM, and will be her 59th career start in the Nationwide Series. Veteran crew chief Mike Greci will be calling the shots from atop the pit box.

Leading The Way…Patrick made history last Sunday when she laid down the fastest lap (45.817 seconds, 196.434 mph) in NSCS Daytona 500 qualifying, making her the first woman to win a pole in NASCAR’s top series. This will not be the first time Patrick has started from the top spot at Daytona International Speedway; she earned the NNS pole in the February race last season.

DIS Stats…Patrick, who made her NASCAR debut at Daytona International Speedway in 2010, has five previous NNS starts at the 2.5-mile superspeedway. Patrick has one top-10 finish, which she earned in July of 2011, and one pole, which she earned in February of 2012. In her five events at the Daytona Beach, Fla. track, Patrick has started in the top five three times and has never taken the green from outside the top 15, tallying an average start of 6.0.

This Week’s Camaro…Patrick and the No. 34 team will unload chassis TSM-336 for this weekend’s race at Daytona International Speedway. TSM-336 is a brand-new Chevrolet Camaro which will be making its on-track debut on Saturday afternoon.

Watch and Listen…The DRIVE4COPD 300 can be seen live on Saturday, February 23 on ESPN.  Race coverage will begin at 12:00 p.m. ET, and the event can also be heard live on MRN Radio, as well as SiriusXM Radio, channel 90.

Danica Patrick on driving at Daytona International Speedway

“Daytona has been a great track for me in terms of qualifying. I’ve always had really good starts, but with the racing at Daytona being what it is, I haven’t always had the finishes to reflect how well we ran. Every time I come to one of these superspeedway tracks, I learn a little more; it really comes down to patience and being in the right place at the right time. I’m looking forward to making my first start with Turner Scott Motorsports, I’ve got three talented teammates to work with and all the power we need under the hood with those Hendrick engines, so I’m hoping that everything will come together and Turner Scott can win this race for the second year in a row.”

NNS results at

Daytona International Speedway:

Starts: 2

Wins: 0

Poles: 1

Top 5: 1

Top 10: 1

Laps Led: 56

Average Start: 7.5

Average Finish: 17.0

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