Event Preview Fact Sheet
Event/Date: Royal Purple 300 – March 24, 2012
Venue: Auto Club Speedway
News & Notes:
This Week’s Toyota … Kenny Wallace will pilot RAB Racing Chassis No. 42 in Saturday’s Royal Purple 300 at Auto Club Speedway. This chassis last saw action at Las Vegas Motor Speedway two weeks ago, when Wallace piloted this Toyota Camry to an 11th-place finish.
Wallace at Fontana… In 16 Nationwide Series starts at Auto Club Speedway, Wallace boasts two top-10 finishes. His best showing at the two-mile oval is an eighth-place finish, which he achieved in September, 2005. The nine-time Nationwide Series race winner has an average starting position of 24.5, an average finish of 22.4 and has completed 96 percent of the laps contested (2,308 of 2,404). Additionally, Wallace has competed in seven Sprint Cup Series races at the Southern California oval.
RAB Racing at Fontana … RAB Racing with Brack Maggard has competed in five Nationwide Series events at Auto Club Speedway since their inaugural year of competition in 2009. RAB Racing has four top-20 finishes, including a best showing of 15th, where they have finished twice.
Zipadelli at Fontana … Crew chief of the No. 09 Toyota Camry, Scott Zipadelli, has sat atop the pit box at Auto Club Speedway nine times in his Nationwide Series career, amassing five top-15 finishes with drivers Kelly Bires, and Jason Leffler, Brian Scott, and Wallace.
Toyota Triumph … Toyota Camrys have dominated the last few years of Nationwide Series racing at Auto Club Speedway. A Toyota driver has won the last seven Nationwide Series events here, dating back to February of 2008. The speedway also serves as home track to Toyota Racing Development, whose headquarters are located approximately 50 miles southwest of the Fontana area in Costa Mesa, Calif.
New Website … Not only is RAB Racing expanding on the track, but also off the track with the launch of our new website. Our updated site makes it easy for fans and media to follow along throughout the 2012 season. Visit www.TeamRAB.com for news, releases, results, and multimedia.
Catch the Action … Saturday’s Royal Purple 300 at Auto Club Speedway will be televised live Saturday, March 24 beginning at 5 p.m. EST on ESPN and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network. NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying will be televised live Saturday, March 24 beginning at 1:30p.m. EST on ESPN 2.
Kenny Wallace Quotes:
“It’s an easy atmosphere; I’ve always enjoyed racing there. I look forward to turning this brutal start to the season around at Auto Club Speedway. We’ve had great equipment and great runs so far this year, and that gives me confidence as we head to Fontana.”
Scott Zipadelli Quotes:
“Auto Club Speedway is a very moody racetrack that changes a lot with the weather conditions. There are a lot of seams throughout the corners, so when the sun heats the seams, they get very slippery and causes the cars to wiggle. We’ll be fighting that throughout the weekend. But I’m excited to get out to Fontana to race in Toyota’s backyard. We’re shooting for a solid Top 10 finish so we can gain some points.”