FEDEX RACING EXPRESS FACTS — AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY

[media-credit name=”autoclubspeedway.com” align=”alignright” width=”200″][/media-credit]RACE INFO: Event: Auto Club 400

Date/Time: March 25/12 p.m. PT

2011 winner: Kevin Harvick


American Muscle

2011 polesitter: Juan Pablo Montoya

Distance: 200 laps/400 miles

Track Length: 2.0 miles

Banking: 14 degrees

Track Shape: Oval

2012 FedEx Racing Press Kit – Available for Download:  Please visit www.fedexracing.com/presskit for the 2012 FedEx Racing press materials, including bios for Denny Hamlin, Darian Grubb and Joe Gibbs Racing leadership, program highlights, program statistics and 2012 crew roster.

EXPRESS NOTES: Bristol Recap: Denny Hamlin finished 20th in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, fighting track position in the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota Camry throughout the 500-lap event won by Brad Keselowski. A right-front wheel left loose during a key green flag pit stop near the race’s halfway point forced a second stop, where the #11 Toyota lost two laps to the leaders. Hamlin and crew chief Darian Grubb did all they could to work strategy for the remainder of the race, but eventually settled for 20th. Passing was at a premium on the high-banked, 0.533-mile Tennessee oval, and a tight condition forced Hamlin to run the high groove for the majority of the race. From his 20th-place starting position, Hamlin’s car seemed to get better longer in runs, but a pair of early cautions kept him from advancing too far up the running order. The finish drops Hamlin two spots to fifth in the NASCAR standings following Bristol, now 20 points behind leader Greg Biffle after four of 26 regular season races.

California Preview: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads back out west for Sunday’s 400-mile event at Auto Club Speedway (ACS) in Fontana, Calif. Hamlin is making his 12th-career start at the two-mile speedway in the #11 FedEx Express Toyota Camry, posting four top-10 finishes in 11 events at ACS. He finished a career-best third at Fontana in the summer 2008 race. This season marks the second year in-a-row that ACS will host just one Cup Series race. One year ago, Hamlin started second and led 15 laps early in the race before losing a motor after just 105 of 200 laps, relegating him to a 39th-place result. Hamlin has led a total of 71 laps at ACS.

Race                    Series          Date Start           Finish          Laps              Led Auto Club 500           Sprint Cup      March 27, 2011 2               39              105/200         15 Pepsi Max 400           Sprint Cup      Oct. 10, 2010 34              8               200/200 Auto Club 500           Sprint Cup      Fe b. 21, 2010 25              29              248/250           6 Pepsi 500               Sprint Cup      Oct. 11, 2009 1               37              195/250          21 Auto Club 500           Sprint Cup      Feb. 22, 2009 23              6               250/250 Auto Club 500           Sprint Cup      Feb. 25, 2008 12              41              193/250 Pepsi 500               Sprint Cup      Aug. 31, 2008 21              3               250/250 Sharp Aquos 500         Nextel Cup      Sept. 2, 2007 9               19              249/250 Auto Club 500           Nextel Cup      Feb. 25, 2007 17              11              250/250 Sony HD 500             Nextel Cup      Sept. 3, 2006 8               6               250/250          29 Auto Club 500           Nextel Cup      Feb. 26, 2006 5               12              250/250 Averages/Totals 14.3            19.2            92.1%              71

FedEx Office – Closest to Auto Club Speedway: 11334 4th Street, Suite 102, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730, (909) 481-2277

FedEx Express Denver Ramp Along for the Ride at Auto Club Speedway: The FedEx Express Denver ramp will be recognized for performance excellence with its code, “DENR,” on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota this weekend at Auto Club Speedway.

HAMLIN CONVERSATION – Auto Club Speedway: What do you need to breakthrough for that first win at Auto Club Speedway? “Auto Club has turned into one of my favorite tracks. The surface has worn a little bit and you can literally run from the white line all the way to the wall, searching for where your car works best. We haven’t had a ton of success at California. We have had some bad luck with tires or getting caught in wrecks, and I’m still looking for that first win. It’s big and wide and fast, and a lot of fun for the drivers. You need a lot of horsepower because the straightaways are long, and that place is tough on motors. It’s a little easier now that this race is 400 miles.”


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