No. 99 ToyotaCare Toyota Camry
Event Preview Fact Sheet
Event/Date: U.S. Cellular 250 – August 4, 2012
Venue: Iowa Speedway
News & Notes:
This Week’s ToyotaCare Toyota at Iowa Speedway … Brett Moffitt will pilot RAB Racing Chassis No. 42 weekend at Iowa Speedway. This Toyota Camry made its 2012 debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March, where Kenny Wallace started 18th and finished 11th. Wallace then raced it at Auto Club Speedway, where he started sixth and finished seventh. In May, Travis Pastrana piloted this chassis to a 24th-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Most recently, Wallace drove this chassis from an 11th-place starting position to a 4th-place finish at Chicagoland Speedway.
A Weekend of Firsts … Brett Moffitt will make his debut for RAB Racing with Brack Maggard this weekend, driving the No. 99 ToyotaCare Toyota Camry in Saturday night’s U.S. Cellular 250. It will also mark current K&N Pro Series East points leader’s first start in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Iowa Facts … In five Nationwide Series starts at Iowa Speedway, RAB Racing has two top-10 finishes. Additionally, RAB Racing-prepared entries have an average starting position of 21st, an average finish of 18.4, and have completed 94.2 percent of the laps contested (1,177 of 1,250) at the 7/8 mile tri-oval dating back to the inaugural race in 2009.
Rearview Mirror … Travis Pastrana was able to avoid an early incident in last Saturday’s inaugural Nationwide Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but was forced to restart in the back of the field after making multiple pit stops to clean debris from the grill opening of the No. 99 Toyota. Between his Scott Zipadelli-led Boost Mobile team’s pit strategy and his desire to make the most of the day, Pastrana rallied to record a career-best 13th-place finish.
The Collective RAB Racing Report … In 19 races this season, RAB Racing’s two NASCAR Nationwide Series entries have notched one top-five and three top-10 finishes. RAB Racing-prepared cars have also completed 3,027 laps with its five drivers – Victor Gonzalez, Jr., Pastrana, John Wes Townley, Ryan Truex and Wallace.
Get Well, Torie … In recognition of his 16-year-old daughter Torie Costa’s battle with childhood rhabdomyosarcoma, a soft tissue malignant tumor of skeletal muscle origin that accounts for approximately 3.5% of the cases of cancer among children aged 0 to 14 years, crew chief Scott Zipadelli and the members of RAB Racing’s Nationwide Series team are wearing pink bracelets in support of Torie. A CaringBridge site has been created where Torie and her family post updates as she battles her disease. Family and friends are able to visit the site, stay informed and leave supportive messages. To keep up with Torie’s journey, visit http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/toriecosta
Getting By With a Little Help From My Friends… With their normal pit crew at Pocono Raceway for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Sprint Cup Series races this weekend, the No. 99 team’s pit crew will have a different roster for Iowa. Front-tire changer Josh Debruin, front-tire carrier Nick Keller, jack man Sean Cotten and rear-tire changer Brian Eastland will fly to Iowa Speedway with their usual rear-tire carrier Craig Lamb to offer their services to the RAB Racing team for Saturday night’s race.
Catch the Action … The U.S. Cellular 250 Presented will take the green flag Saturday, August 4 at 8 p.m. EDT. Race coverage will be televised live on ESPN2 beginning at 7:30 p.m. EDT and broadcast worldwide on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Qualifying for the 20th race on the 2012 Nationwide Series schedule will be televised live on ESPN2 Saturday, August 4 at 4:30 p.m. EDT.
Brett Moffitt Quotes:
“I am very excited to make my Nationwide Series debut in the No. 99 ToyotaCare Toyota Camry this weekend at Iowa Speedway. Not only is it my first Nationwide race, but it will be at my home track. I love Iowa Speedway and it will be nice to have my fans and family out at the track supporting me. It’s going to be a busy weekend with running both the K&N Series race Friday night, and the Nationwide Series race the following day. Though it will be in a different car with different competitors, hopefully I can draw on some of my past experience to overcome the learning curve and keep the No. 99 ToyotaCare Camry up front.”
Scott Zipadelli Quotes:
“I’m looking forward to heading to Iowa Speedway for the second time this season. Iowa offers good short-track racing that is similar to the likes of Richmond, but creates additional challenges for the drivers with a big bump in the middle of Turns 1 and 2. We’re going to have a few challenges this weekend, but nothing we can’t overcome. We will be practicing during the day and racing at night, so the setup will be tricky. It will be exciting to work with our new driver, Brett Moffitt. He’s a good kid who does very well at this track in the K&N Series. Brett will get some extra seat time running in that series before the Nationwide Series race, so he will be ready to compete in the No. 99 ToyotaCare Camry.”