MWR INDIANAPOLIS LINEUP

3rd       David Ragan

7th       Clint Bowyer

         

DAVID RAGAN, No. 55 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota Camry

How was your Camry in qualifying?

“That was a great lap for our Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota team. Everyone has been working so hard at the race shop and everyone on the 15 car and Clint (Bowyer) and Billy Scott (crew chief) and certainly the 55 team. Just been working a lot of long nights and long days at the simulator, testing and doing as much as we can to get our Toyotas a little bit better. We’re not where we want to be, taking the front row for MWR (Michael Waltrip Racing), but we’re showing some speed and making small baby steps and small progress. Have to thank Clint Bowyer and the No. 15 team, they tested up here, so they certainly helped share some information. This is a good track for me. I’ve ran decent here over the years. It’s always fun when you have a fast car and now we’ll get a chance to get our race setup put back in and have some fun for Sunday.”

 

How important is a top-three starting position with the new aero package?

“Anytime you can start in the top-10 at any Sprint Cup race you have a good pit stall selection. Here with the big spoilers and high drag race cars they are going to poke a big hole in the air and I think any time you can get some clean air it’s good. Pit stops are always important so to have a good pit stall selection is going to be good. Just to be up toward the front where we can see the leaders gives us all a little shot in the arm and confidence that we deserve to be here. We’re not where we want to be yet, we’re making some steady progress with our race cars and our speed, but it sure is good to be working in the right direction.”

 

CLINT BOWYER, No. 15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota Camry

Is it important to start the race at the front of the field?

“It’s very important. Indy is Indy. I’ve been coming here for a while and I’ve never seen it relatively easy to pass at a track like this, whether it’s our race or the Indy race that we watch on TV, it’s about being up front and having that clean air and that goes a long ways towards a good run.”

 

How do you find the right combination for this aero package at this racetrack?

“Any time there’s a change it throws all these teams for a loop. The good news is, for all of us drivers it’s a tremendous amount of highly intelligent people behind us and they usually figure it out pretty quick. As far as the package itself, none of us has an idea. We think we have a gauge and an opinion, we all formulate an opinion very quickly, until this package is displayed in front of all of our fans, it all goes into the history books will we be able to have a true assessment.”

 

NOTES:

  • TV Schedule

Sunday

3 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Countdown to Green, NBC Sports Network

3:30 p.m., NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Indianapolis race, NBC Sports Network

 

Qualifying Results                 Sec.                 MPH

1            Carl Edwards              49.056              183.464  

2            Joey Logano               49.143              183.139  

3            David Ragan               49.211              182.886  

4            Tony Stewart              49.228              182.823  

5            Kyle Larson                 49.279              182.634  

6            Kevin Harvick              49.329              182.448  

7            Clint Bowyer                49.347              182.382  

8            Dale Earnhardt, Jr.      49.367              182.308  

9            Kyle Busch                  49.375              182.278  

10          Jamie McMurray         49.386              182.238  

11          Paul Menard               49.443              182.028  

12          Jimmie Johnson          49.454              181.987  

13          Martin Truex, Jr.         49.116              183.240  

14          Kurt Busch                  49.161              183.072  

15          Danica Patrick             49.180              183.001  

16          Casey Mears              49.270              182.667  

17          Denny Hamlin             49.278              182.637  

18          Sam Hornish, Jr.         49.320              182.482  

19          Jeff Gordon                49.345              182.389  

20          Greg Biffle                  49.353              182.360  

21          Justin Allgaier              49.386              182.238  

22          Aric Almirola                49.420              182.113  

23          Matt Kenseth              49.429              182.079  

24          Landon Cassill             49.467              181.939  

25          Austin Dillon                49.470              181.928  

26          A.J. Allmendinger        49.475              181.910  

27          Kasey Kahne              49.618              181.386  

28          Chase Elliott                49.714              181.036  

29          Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.   49.734              180.963  

30          Ryan Blaney               49.746              180.919  

31          Brad Keselowski          49.764              180.854  

32          Michael McDowell        49.785              180.777  

33          Trevor Bayne              49.870              180.469  

34          Michael Annett            49.882              180.426  

35          Alex Bowman              49.910              180.325  

36          Brian Scott                  49.994              180.022  

37          David Gilliland             50.147              179.472  

38          J.J. Yeley                    50.164              179.412  

39          Brett Moffitt                 50.174              179.376  

40          Matt DiBenedetto        50.304              178.912  

41          Cole Whitt                   50.625              177.778  

42          Timmy Hill                   54.211              166.018  

43          Ryan Newman             .000  

 

Missed race

44          Josh Wise                   50.296              178.941  

45          Jeb Burton                  51.087              176.170  

46          Reed Sorenson           51.564              174.540   


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