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Infineon Raceway

Infineon Raceway
Date Series Driver Speed
6/23/02 Sprint Cup Race Ricky Rudd 81.00
6/25/00 Sprint Cup Qualifying Rusty Wallace 99.309

Sprint Cup Series
Upcoming Race Jun 20 3 PM TNT
Toyota/Save Mart 350

Track Facts

Infineon Raceway

Location: Sonoma, CA
Banking/Turns: 10-turn
Distance: 1.99 miles
Shape: 10-turn

Most Cup Wins (since 1975)

* Jeff Gordon 5

Sprint Cup
Date Race Name Pole Winner Race Winner
Make Purse
6/21/09 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Brian Vickers Kasey Kahne Dodge $5,635,918
6/22/08 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Kasey Kahne Kyle Busch Toyota $5,588,135
6/24/07 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Jamie McMurray Juan Pablo Montoya Dodge $5,477,835
6/25/06 Dodge/Save Mart 350 Kurt Busch Jeff Gordon Chevrolet $5,371,771

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Sonoma: Dodge Motorsports preview
Racing series NASCAR-CUP
Date 2010-06-15


Howard Comstock, Dodge Motorsports Engineering

"After spending the first 15 weeks of the season worrying about making the cars turn left, at Infineon we have to concentrate on making them turn right and we have to do it without any banking. There are a few important left hand turns here but in a clockwise rotation track you've got to concentrate on getting the setup that will get you through more rights than lefts to be successful. The other issue is that we've had banking at every track for the first 15 weeks of the season to help us get the cars through all those corners, but at a road course there's no banking and no help. Road course racing, especially with a 3,400 pound stock car, is a great engineering challenge. One of those unique challenges Dodge engineers face is braking at Infineon. The brakes go through a true torture test on the 1.99 mile road course. If drivers use their brakes 100 percent, they simply won't last the entire race. Brake conservation is critical in any race strategy, but with 11 turns, Infineon Raceway is a one of the most demanding."


Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

"I've really enjoyed the road courses -- those races are so different from what we normally face week in and week out. I jokingly say quite often that it's like having a weekend off because we are so used to turning left and here we are out there making left and right turns and shifting gears. It's really a great change to break up all the oval tracks that we race on. It's like a unique race that we always run in reverse. You always focus on when you can make it with your fuel window and go with that strategy and that's what usually plays out at the end."


Kurt Busch, No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger

"Teams are getting smarter and everybody that's building these cars can build good road course cars these days and it helps the regulars in the series do well. The road course ringers, they're a good challenge. It's fresh and unique for a weekend, but in the end you're going to see more times than not the guys that are on the schedule week in and week out -- the regulars - are going to have more success."

Sam Hornish Jr., No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger

"To have a good run at Infineon, you have to stay on the island. The race track is the island and you have to make sure you don't get off the island. Last year, I think we did a really good job at that and ran inside the top-10 for the first half of the race before getting hit on a restart. It's a tough race; it's a race of attrition. I think it's one of the toughest tracks as far as contact. You're going to get run into or run into to someone in just about every corner."

Brad Keselowski, No 12 Dodge Charger

"It's definitely going to be a unique challenge for both my Dodge cars this weekend. To race two completely different road courses on the same weekend is going to awesome. Add the thousands of miles in-between Road America and Infineon and it will make for a long weekend. It's what we get paid to do. I love driving these race cars and to have this challenge is exciting. We have long practice sessions on Friday (5.5 hours total) at Road America to help us get acclimated to the track which should really help. It's a long track with some really fast straightaways. Then we'll have to switch our mind over to Infineon on the Cup side and where there are some very technical corners and breaking zones that are critical in being able to get around that place fast. I'm a racer and this is an incredible opportunity to race against great drivers in unique settings."

-source: dodge motorsports

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Roger Penske happy with Dodge support while Dodge is getting good value from Penske Racing

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Chrysler Wind Tunnel Lead Technician Victor Lorenz demonstrates the aerodynamic qualities of the new Dodge Challenger during a media program at the Chrysler Technology Center Aero & Climatic Wind Tunn

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – At the Dodge headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich., six people work full-time on motorsports and another 30 or more have a hand in the motorsports programs.

One of the 129 engine dynamometers is dedicated to racing and there’s a $38 million wind tunnel built in 2002 that Penske Racing can use to test its cars.

That, and an undisclosed amount of cash, is enough to keep Roger Penske happy with Dodge’s contribution to his race team.

And Penske has two Sprint Cup wins and an all-star race victory this year by Kurt Busch, three Nationwide Series wins by Brad Keselowski and one by Justin Allgaier, which is enough to keep Dodge interested in NASCAR.

The reliance on manufacturer involvement is heavy in NASCAR, and Dodge executives and Penske invited media last week to Dodge’s technical center to show the investment they have in each other.

Ralph Gilles, who took over as Dodge chief executive officer eight months ago, was more a sports-car aficionado when he took the job. He records races and watches them regularly. He has gone to the infields of Daytona and Talladega to learn more about the NASCAR fan. He also has spearheaded the development of a Dodge Motorsports website to generate interest in Dodge vehicles from race fans.

Is he sold on NASCAR?

“I know we’re spending the least we’ve ever spent and we’re getting the most we’ve ever gotten,” Gilles said Thursday during the media visit. “We’re paying attention differently. We’re using social media more than ever before, we’re activating the events in a different away. We’re doing things to leverage what we’re already investing instead of just going racing.

“It’s a multiyear deal [with Penske]. I have a couple of years to figure that out. I’m not going to say right here in the media [about the future]. I’m sold on 2010. We’re very pleased with 2010.”

Dodge is by far the smallest manufacturer involved in Sprint Cup racing. According to the National Automobile Dealers Association, its market share of new vehicles sold in 2010 through May was 5.1 percent compared with Ford at 15.1 percent, Chevrolet at 13.9 and Toyota at 13.3.

In the Sprint Cup field last week at Michigan, there were 14 Chevrolets, 13 Fords, 12 Toyotas and four Dodges. The fourth Dodge was from Whitney Motorsports, which bought the Richard Petty Motorsports fleet after last season but doesn’t get factory support.

With only three supported cars in Cup, Dodge is getting a great deal of mileage out of Penske. Busch is fourth in the Cup standings while Keselowski is 24th and Sam Hornish Jr. 27th. Keselowski is first and Allgaier third in the Nationwide standings.

“Kurt is blowing me away,” Gilles said. “Brad is impressive. … What Brad is doing in Nationwide is outstanding. He’s No. 1 there. He’s great to watch. It’s just awesome.

“I’m on the edge of my seat every weekend watching this stuff. It’s great to see, and I think our brand is getting a lot of air time, which is fantastic considering three cars [in Cup] and two cars [in Nationwide].”

Team owner Roger Penske said what he gets most out of Dodge is engine development and wind tunnel data.

“We get the support when we design an engine block – the heads and all that’s done in conjunction with Dodge and the engineering people,” Penske said. “They’re very key on the basic engine components. Pistons and rods we’ll continue to re-engineer to get maximum power.

“Aerodynamically, when you look at the wind tunnel capability we have here, it’s been a terrific asset for us. There are not many tunnels that we can have full-scale [cars]. So we run in here in a full scale and it’s repeatable and the data is secret; it’s our data, which is so important. … You get technology, you get pieces, you get financial support. We’re in a great spot.”

Penske said while he likes all the attention he gets from Dodge – “I’m the prettiest girl in town, I guess, right now,” he said – he expects Dodge eventually will want more teams in NASCAR.

“They’d like to have more cars, but at the present time, they’re going through a re-engineering of the company,” Penske said. “What I don’t want to see is they try to do too much and spread too thin and we don’t get the support we need and we all go down the drain.”

The reorganization of the company came a year ago when Fiat became the majority owner of Chrysler as Chrysler reorganized through bankruptcy.

A year ago, it was uncertain whether the company would stay in NASCAR. It didn’t renew its deal with Richard Petty Motorsports and opted to have Penske as its lone entry.

“We have no intention to change the situation we have right now,” said Joe Grace, a Dodge executive who works directly with its motorsports programs. “We’ve got a good rapport, we’ve got winning cars. … We hope that some independents will pick up and run our cars. We enjoy that. But I think in terms of the larger scale teams, we’re with Penske and that’s where we want to be.”

So far, that’s enough. On the track, Gilles is pleased that Penske has run stronger this year in both the Cup and Nationwide series.

Off the track, Gilles said he spent a lot of time in the infield at Daytona and Talladega talking to NASCAR fans about the cars they drive.

“It was a lot more family oriented than I expected it to be,” Gilles said. “A lot of women were there. It was very cool to see the demographic. As a marketer, I’m interested in how to reach those people.

“It’s a bit of a conundrum because they’re very brand loyal. It’s going to be hard to wrench a Chevy guy out of a Chevy. But at the same time, I want to be able to tell them when I have a new product how to find their local dealer.”

Gilles has met with Dodge dealers on how to get more out of NASCAR. The website and Miller Lite are running a promotion to give a Dodge car to a fan after Busch wins.

“We’re doing a lot of things to support the racing after the race on Sunday, to continue the story,” Gilles said. “The drivers themselves have been so much fun. Brad has been a piece of controversy all of his own, so he’s getting more airtime than ever. Kurt has been winning all-star races and regular races, so he’s getting a lot of airtime.

“We’re getting a really nice value.”


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NASCAR Qualifying

Status: Field Set

Last Updated: Friday, Jun 18, 2010 8:43 pm, EDT
Toyota/Save Mart 350

Infineon Raceway

Order Driver (No.) Car Qualifying Speed

1 Kasey Kahne (9) Ford 93.893
2 Jimmie Johnson (48) Chevrolet 93.809
3 Kurt Busch (2) Dodge 93.579
4 Kevin Harvick (29) Chevrolet 93.446
5 Jeff Gordon (24) Chevrolet 93.415
6 Marcos Ambrose (47) Toyota 93.270
7 Tony Stewart (14) Chevrolet 93.264
8 Bobby Labonte (71) Chevrolet 93.256
9 Greg Biffle (16) Ford 93.233
10 Martin Truex Jr. (56) Toyota 93.195
11 Mark Martin (5) Chevrolet 93.172
12 Denny Hamlin (11) Toyota 93.166
13 Ryan Newman (39) Chevrolet 93.156
14 Juan Pablo Montoya (42) Chevrolet 93.144
15 A J Allmendinger (43) Ford 93.066
16 Robby Gordon (7) Toyota 92.977
17 Boris Said (26) Ford 92.936
18 Paul Menard (98) Ford 92.877
19 Carl Edwards (99) Ford 92.842
20 Joey Logano (20) Toyota 92.829
21 Elliott Sadler (19) Ford 92.787
22 Clint Bowyer (33) Chevrolet 92.678
23 Scott Speed (82) Toyota 92.618
24 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) Chevrolet 92.587
25 Jamie McMurray (1) Chevrolet 92.486
26 David Gilliland (38) Ford 92.428
27 Kyle Busch (18) Toyota 92.399
28 Joe Nemechek (87) Toyota 92.396
29 Max Papis (13) Toyota 92.381
30 Jeff Burton (31) Chevrolet 92.292
31 Regan Smith (78) Chevrolet 92.213
32 Jan Magnussen (09) Chevrolet 92.188
33 David Reutimann (00) Toyota 92.008
34 Matt Kenseth (17) Ford 92.003
35 P.J. Jones (207) Toyota 91.972
36 Brad Keselowski (12) Dodge 91.952
37 J.J. Yeley (46) Dodge 91.860
38 Mattias Ekstrom (83) Toyota 91.806
39 Sam Hornish Jr. (77) Dodge 91.480
40 Travis Kvapil (37) Ford 90.983
41 Kevin Conway (34) Ford 90.908
42 David Ragan (6) Ford -
43 Dave Blaney (66) Toyota 91.554
44 Brandon Ash (102) DNQ 91.346
45 Brian Simo (36) DNQ 90.991
46 Michael Waltrip (55) DNQ 90.180

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Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes - Final Qualifying - Infineon Raceway

SONOMA, Calif. , Jun 18, 2010 - KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Starts 3rd

"It was a great qualifying lap for our Miller Lite Dodge. We were slipping around too much earlier today and couldn't get the car underneath me. The Miller Lite guys made some great adjustments between practice and qualifying which really helped the car with forward bite. I didn't think that we were pole material, we were just shooting for a top-10 starting spot and nailed it.

“I think that the best thing that helped us was that we went out for our second qualifying run (during practice) and learned what not to do. We were thrashing pretty hard to make sure that we got back out for that second qualifying run. We spent most of our day in race trim just fighting the car trying to find grip - whether it was turn-in or corner exit or right hander or left hander. With Steve (Addington, crew chief) and my guys, it just seems like when you find a good rhythm and when you’re looking at somebody and know what they’re thinking without even saying something (you) make good adjustments. I feel that’s where our team is really doing well right now…making good adjustments and making the Miller Lite Dodge a little better.”

IS TRACK POSITION MORE IMPORTANT HERE AT INFINEON THAN AT AN OVAL? "It’s important especially at specific times during the race. You just want to qualify as best as you can so you can get a good pit stall and start up front. It really comes down to the strategy of when you're going to pit and sticking with those fuel mileage numbers."

WHY IS IT SO HARD TO GET REAR GRIP ON THIS TRACK? "I'm not sure what's up because thisnew spoiler has added downforce everywhere we've been. This weekend the tire says the downforce is about the same, but it just feels like were running on four right-side tires right now."

BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge Charger) Starts 34th
HOW WAS YOUR QUALIFYING LAP? "Our qualifying run was decent. We spent most of our time earlier today in race trim trying to get the car ready for Sunday. I just wanted to make a clean lap, not drive it off-course try to hit my marks. I'm still learning how to drive these road courses and gave it my best shot. I like our car in race trim. Our Penske Dodge seems pretty fast."

"The biggest difference is the track. The more that I think of it, everything is different (laughs). The only thing that is the same is the shift lever and the race car. The way the car drives is different. The way that you sit in the car is different. There's way more horsepower with the Cup car. Sonoma takes a lot more finesse and you can't get up to full throttle all the time. Road America is much faster. Your braking has to be really smooth. Road America just takes a lot of guts. You drive it off into a corner at 180 mph and then slow it down to 70, 80 miles-per-hour on the next one and that's not easy. It’s two completely different feels inside the race car."

WHAT KIND OF CHALLENGE IS IT RUNNING AT ROAD AMERICA AND INFINEON THE SAME WEEKEND? "It's a huge challenge. To be running as well as we are in the Nationwide Series is great. Our Dodge's are fun to drive. I’m not going to kid you, it’s not easy. I love what I’m doing. We’re leading the Nationwide Series and have a fast Penske Dodge here at Infineon. It’s cool.”

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NASCAR Results

Status: Final

Last Updated: Sunday, Jun 20, 2010 7:53 pm, EDT
Toyota/Save Mart 350

Infineon Raceway

Order Driver (No.) Car Pts/Bonus Laps Laps Led Winnings Lap Progress

1 Jimmie Johnson (48) Chevrolet 195/10 110 55 $326,153 Chart
2 Robby Gordon (7) Toyota 170/0 110 0 $215,648 Chart
3 Kevin Harvick (29) Chevrolet 165/0 110 0 $191,751 Chart
4 Kasey Kahne (9) Ford 160/0 110 0 $171,615 Chart
5 Jeff Gordon (24) Chevrolet 155/0 110 0 $150,776 Chart
6 Marcos Ambrose (47) Toyota 155/5 110 35 $140,898 Chart
7 Greg Biffle (16) Ford 146/0 110 0 $108,050 Chart
8 Boris Said (26) Ford 147/5 110 8 $108,850 Chart
9 Tony Stewart (14) Chevrolet 143/5 110 2 $127,823 Chart
10 Juan Pablo Montoya (42) Chevrolet 134/0 110 0 $126,781 Chart
11 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) Chevrolet 130/0 110 0 $95,750 Chart
12 Jan Magnussen (09) Chevrolet 127/0 110 0 $92,500 Chart
13 A J Allmendinger (43) Ford 124/0 110 0 $124,151 Chart
14 Mark Martin (5) Chevrolet 121/0 110 0 $101,000 Chart
15 Jamie McMurray (1) Chevrolet 118/0 110 0 $118,979 Chart
16 Ryan Newman (39) Chevrolet 115/0 110 0 $116,929 Chart
17 Elliott Sadler (19) Ford 117/5 110 1 $90,425 Chart
18 Scott Speed (82) Toyota 109/0 110 0 $96,348 Chart
19 David Gilliland (38) Ford 106/0 110 0 $100,460 Chart
20 David Reutimann (00) Toyota 103/0 110 0 $111,431 Chart
21 Mattias Ekstrom (83) Toyota 105/5 110 7 $118,023 Chart
22 Paul Menard (98) Ford 97/0 110 0 $87,925 Chart
23 Bobby Labonte (71) Chevrolet 94/0 110 0 $80,300 Chart
24 Travis Kvapil (37) Ford 91/0 110 0 $90,473 Chart
25 David Ragan (6) Ford 88/0 110 0 $86,275 Chart
26 J.J. Yeley (46) Dodge 85/0 110 0 $73,900 Chart
27 Jeff Burton (31) Chevrolet 82/0 110 0 $112,340 Chart
28 Kevin Conway (34) Ford 79/0 110 0 $77,275 Chart
29 Carl Edwards (99) Ford 76/0 110 0 $108,473 Chart
30 Matt Kenseth (17) Ford 73/0 110 0 $120,376 Chart
31 Clint Bowyer (33) Chevrolet 75/5 110 1 $80,350 Chart
32 Kurt Busch (2) Dodge 67/0 110 0 $119,253 Chart
33 Joey Logano (20) Toyota 64/0 108 0 $109,260 Chart
34 Denny Hamlin (11) Toyota 61/0 103 0 $91,755 Chart
35 Brad Keselowski (12) Dodge 58/0 102 0 $98,580 Chart
36 Sam Hornish Jr. (77) Dodge 55/0 93 0 $79,710 Chart

37 Dave Blaney (66) Toyota 52/0 86 0 $71,575 Chart
38 Regan Smith (78) Chevrolet 49/0 86 0 $79,460 Chart
39 Kyle Busch (18) Toyota 46/0 76 0 $119,406 Chart
40 Joe Nemechek (87) Toyota 43/0 71 0 $71,200 Chart
41 P.J. Jones (207) Toyota 40/0 68 0 $71,025 Chart
42 Martin Truex Jr. (56) Toyota 42/5 66 1 $70,930 Chart
43 Max Papis (13) Toyota 34/0 65 0 $71,296 Chart

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Dodge Motorsports Notes & Quotes - Race Final - Infineon Raceway

SONOMA, Calif. , Jun 20, 2010 - KURT BUSCH (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger) Finished 32nd
“A tough finish for our Miller Lite Dodge because our finish doesn’t reflect how strong our car was today. It’s all a product of double-file restarts on a road course. It looked like we had a top-five finish with five laps to go. I just knew that something else was going to happen, especially when they put the 47 (Ambrose) behind us. I tried to give the 24 (J. Gordon) all the room that I could, but he got into us so hard that he cut down our right-rear tire and we had to pit under green and lost almost 30 positions. I’m proud of my Miller Lite Dodge guys because they worked their tails off all weekend. They gave me a great race car off the hauler. We just weren’t able to bring it home today. It’s a tough day in the points for us, but we’ll move on to New Hampshire and reload next weekend.”

BRAD KESELOWSKI (No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge Charger) Finished 35th
"The biggest thing for me today was how impressed I was with our Penske Dodge today. I'm so proud of my guys. For my first time racing in a Cup car at Infineon, I learned so much. Man, a lot of hard racing out there for sure. We were really fast at times and it's up to me to put a whole race together. I’m proud of the effort and the race is something that we can build on moving forward."

JAY GUY (crew chief, No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge Charger)
“I’m proud of everyone on this Penske Dodge team. We had a couple bad breaks, but it still looked like everything was going to play out in our favor. If we hadn’t had a caution flag come out with 25 laps to go, I thought that we had a shot at a top-five finish. It was a good, solid day for Brad (Keselowski) for his first time on this track in a Cup car. I’m proud of the effort. By the time that we get to Watkins Glen I’ll feel really good about our road course program.”

SAM HORNISH JR (No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) Finished 36th
“We were just trying to make sure that we were smart all race. We had good fuel mileage with our Mobil 1 Dodge and could make it to the end (of the race) with where we were on fuel. I was just trying to get a good clean restart and I think somebody didn’t go up front and that just packed everything up. By the time we bended the corner, I was underneath everything. It was just one of those days. You have to watch out and see what happens. It’s a tough day for sure.”

HOW WAS THE RACING TODAY? “On any other given day at an oval track, everybody is a little bit more patient with each other. If you run into somebody (on an oval) most likely they’re going to bump you back in the next corner. Here, if somebody gets into you there’s the chance that you’ll never see them again because it’s a road course. Everybody just takes advantage of that and it’s not a fun way to race. We didn’t have a very good day to begin and we’re just trying to bring our Mobil 1 Dodge home.”
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