|As Danica Patrick and the No. 10 Ford Fusion team for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) prepare for Sunday’s ISM Connect 300 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, nearly 1,400 miles away in Central Florida, personnel from the team’s sponsor Code 3 Associates are wrapping up efforts to assist in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
Based in Longmont, Colorado, Code 3 Associates is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that specializes in technical animal rescue and recovery operations in disaster areas. Late last month, its team deployed to Southeast Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, and the organization’s Animal Search and Rescue (ASAR) and Big Animal Rescue Truck (BART) teams then went to Central Florida to provide assistance following the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma.
The ASAR team members are all trained and certified to human rescue standards in swift water and rope rescue, and BART is an 82-foot tractor trailer that carries a three-quarter-ton, crew-cab pickup truck, several boats and motors, rescue gear and the team members’ personal protective and operational equipment. Equipped with the necessary training and tools, Code 3 Associates personnel have been on the front lines working in conjunction with state and federal rescue teams to assist domestic and farm animals impacted by the events in Texas and Florida.
In support of the Code 3 Associates team’s dedication to saving animals, SHR and the Tony Stewart Foundation have joined forces to raise awareness for all that the Code 3 Associates team is doing to help animals impacted by these recent natural disasters, and to raise funds to help the organization’s efforts. This weekend, Patrick’s No. 10 Code 3 Associates Ford Fusion will feature decals on the rear deck lid and television panel encouraging fans to visit TonyStewartFoundation.org and make a tax-deductible donation to the Tony Stewart Foundation. One hundred percent of the donations will transfer to a grant that will be given to Code 3 Associates to support its efforts in Texas and Florida.
“It’s fairly well known that I’m a huge animal lover,” Patrick said. “Some might even say that I like animals more than people, at times, so it’s been incredibly sad to see all the animals left behind in the wake of the recent hurricanes. I’m truly proud to represent a group like Code 3 Associates that’s doing such great things to help out in those communities, and I hope we can help shed some light on the work they’re doing.”
In addition to supporting Code 3 Associates’ efforts this weekend, Patrick and the No. 10 team head to New Hampshire Motor Speedway ready for a repeat performance of the solid run they had at the track in July. In that race, Patrick started 30th but cracked the top-15 by the end of Stage 2 and went on to finish 13th, an effort that marked Patrick’s career-best NASCAR Cup Series finish in nine starts at the track.
In two Xfinity Series events at New Hampshire, Patrick’s top finish was 14th in July 2012. In addition to her stock car experience at the track, Patrick competed in the 2011 IndyCar Series event at New Hampshire and earned a sixth-place finish.
While Patrick and the No. 10 Code 3 Associates Ford Fusion team will be driven to improve upon their performance Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, they hope fans will be driven to donate to the Tony Stewart Foundation in support of Code 3 Associates and the organization’s efforts in Texas and Florida.
|DANICA PATRICK, Driver of the No. 10 Code 3 Associates Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:
|What is the key to being successful at New Hampshire Motor Speedway?
“I feel like with any short track it’s always really important to turn. I think focusing on that has probably been one of the biggest things that has helped me on short tracks – just getting the car to rotate in the center. But, if you can’t put the power down, then you definitely won’t be fast. It’s a fine line, but you need to find it.”
What part of New Hampshire Motor Speedway has been the hardest part for you to figure out?
“I’d have to say it’s probably the bumps into (turn) three and getting those under control with having balance in the rest of the corner. Also, it seems like, even more so this year than most years, being loose in is an issue, but that is honestly very common at Loudon. You can’t get tricked into thinking you’ve got to fix it because then it wrecks the center, and you need to turn the center.”
What are you looking forward to as you return to New Hampshire this weekend?
“I love the area. I do. I love the track, too, because I love short-track racing. When I come to Loudon, I love the lobster. I go to this place that does this amazing, humongous – like way-too-much-food – stuffed lobster dish. And I love the lakes. I’m reminded every time on Saturday, when I drive into the local town, that there’s a farmer’s market, or what looks like one during the day, so I’ve got to try and catch that this year. The summers in the north are so beautiful. I grew up near Chicago, so I really appreciate that. I just enjoy the area, but the racing is great because, again, it’s short-track racing. It’s a little bit interesting because of the different banking throughout the track from lane one to lane two that makes for good racing.”
How challenging is New Hampshire Motor Speedway?
“It’s flat and tough to get around, sometimes. You just have to make sure you get through the corners OK and are able to get on the gas quickly on the straightaways. It’s tough but, if you have a good car, you can pass and move up through the field. But it can be challenging if it’s not working in your favor.”
Code 3 Associates Racing Team Report
Round 28 of 36 – ISM Connect 300 – New Hampshire
|Car No.: 10 – Code 3 Associates Ford Fusion
At-Track PR Contact: Annette Randall, True Speed Communication (704-875-3388 ext. 805, Annette.Randall@TrueSpeedCommunication.com)
Primary Team Members:
Driver: Danica Patrick
Hometown: Roscoe, Illinois
Crew Chief: Billy Scott
Hometown: Land O’ Lakes, Florida
Car Chief: Tony Cardamone
Hometown: Bristol, Virginia
Engine Builder: Roush Yates Engines
Headquarters: Mooresville, North Carolina
Engine Specialist: Evan Cupples
Hometown: Hudson, Illinois
Spotter: Brandon Benesch
Hometown: Cumberland, Wisconsin
Over-The-Wall Crew Members:
Gas Man: Justin Wilson
Hometown: St. Paul, Minnesota
Front Tire Changer: Ryan Mulder
Hometown: Sioux City, Iowa
Second Gas Man: Nate Spoor
Hometown: Penn Yan, New York
Front Tire Carrier: Tyler Bullard
Hometown: King, North Carolina
Windshield: Kyle Anderson (also serves as interior mechanic)
Hometown: Jewell, Iowa
Rear Tire Changer: Jonathan Sherman
Hometown: Monroe, Louisiana
Jackman: Nate House
Hometown: Gastonia, North Carolina
Rear Tire Carrier: Josh Houghton
Hometown: Lancaster, California
Road Crew Members:
Truck Drivers: Wayne Anderson and Larry Lush
Hometown: West Covina, California and Waynesville, North Carolina, respectively
Tire Specialist: Nathan McGuire
Hometown: Palmyra, New York
Shock Specialist: Aaron Kuehn
Hometown: Kensington, Connecticut
Engineers: Scott Bingham and William Lee
Hometowns: Lawrenceville, Georgia and Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, respectively
Underneath Mechanic: Nick McIntosh
Hometown: Havre, Montana
Front End Mechanic: Joe Zanolini
Hometown: Sybertsville, Pennsylvania
|ISM Connect 300 Notes of Interest:
- The ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon will mark Danica Patrick’s 182nd career start in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. In nine previous starts at the 1.058-mile oval, Patrick’s best NASCAR Cup Series finish is a 13th-place effort she earned in July. In two Xfinity Series events at New Hampshire, Patrick’s top finish was a 14th-place result in July 2012. In addition to her stock car experience at the track, Patrick competed in the 2011 IndyCar Series event at New Hampshire and earned a sixth-place finish.
- Code 3 Associates in Action: While Patrick and the No. 10 team prepare for Sunday’srace in New Hampshire this weekend, nearly 1,400 miles away in Central Florida, personnel from Code 3 Associates are wrapping up efforts to assist in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Late last month, its team deployed to Southeast Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, and the organization’s Animal Search and Rescue (ASAR) and Big Animal Rescue Truck (BART) teams then went to Central Florida to provide assistance following the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma.
- Donate to Hurricane Relief: In honor of the Code 3 Associates team’s dedication to saving animals, SHR and the Tony Stewart Foundation have joined forces to raise awareness for the work the Code 3 Associates team is doing to help animals impacted by these recent natural disasters, and to raise funds to help support the organization’s efforts. This weekend, Patrick’s No. 10 Code 3 Associates Ford Fusion will feature decals on the rear deck lid and television panel encouraging fans to visit TonyStewartFoundation.org and make a tax-deductible donation to the Tony Stewart Foundation. One hundred percent of the donations will transfer to a grant that will be given to Code 3 Associates to support its efforts in Texas and Florida
- Code 3 Associates is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to providing professional animal disaster response and resources to communities, as well as administering professional training to individuals and agencies involved in animal-related law enforcement and emergency response. Its mission is accomplished through hands-on animal rescue and care operations during disaster events in the United States and Canada, and through certified animal welfare training seminars, which include animal cruelty training for investigators. More information is available at code3associates.org.
- Dallas Dogs Available: A plush version of Dallas Stenhouse, the 3-year-old miniature Siberian Husky that belongs to Patrick and her boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr., is now available for sale. Race fans can purchase their own Dallas plush dog at the SHR team store in Kannapolis, North Carolina, the SHR online store and at Shop.DanicaPatrick.com. A portion of the proceeds from all sales will benefit animal charities.
- Raising Awareness: In honor of National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Patrick will utilize a special teal-and-gold-accented steering wheel made by Max Papis Innovations in the No. 10 Ford Fusion for on-track activities throughout the month of September. Patrick is one of several NASCAR drivers helping to support The Martin Truex Jr. Foundation’s second annual “Drive for Teal & Gold” steering wheel campaign. The effort is focused on raising awareness and funding for those two causes. At the end of the month, the steering wheel will be signed by Patrick and donated to The Martin Truex Jr. Foundation to be auctioned off via the NASCAR Foundation’s charitable auction site.
- For the History Books: Since Patrick began competing in NASCAR on a part-time basis in 2010, she has made plenty of history. Here is a recap of how she has altered the record books through the years:
- Became the first woman to win a NASCAR Cup Series pole when she set the fastest time in qualifying for the 2013 Daytona 500.
- Led laps 90 to 91 of the 2013 Daytona 500, becoming the first female to lead NASCAR’s most prestigious race. She also led laps 127 to 129.
- Became the first woman to lead a NASCAR race under green (Daytona 2013). Janet Guthrie led five laps under yellow in 1977 at Ontario (Calif.) Motor Speedway.
- Finished 2013 Daytona 500 in eighth place, the highest finishing position ever for a woman in the “Great American Race.”
- Finished 10th in 2012 Xfinity Series points, the highest points finish by a woman in the history of NASCAR’s top three series (Cup, Xfinity, Truck).
- Competed in every NASCAR Cup Series race in 2013, becoming the first female driver to complete an entire season in the series.
- Became the first female to compete in the non-points NASCAR All-Star race (2013) and Sprint Unlimited (2014).
- Have the most starts of any female in NASCAR Cup Series competition.
- With seven top-10 finishes, holds the record for the most top-10 finishes of any female in NASCAR Cup Series competition.
- History Maker in IndyCar: Patrick became the first woman to win a major-league open-wheel race in a North American series in April 2008 by winning the IndyCar Series Japan Indy 300 at the Twin Ring Motegi oval in Japan.
- Big Stage: In seven Indianapolis 500 starts, Patrick finished in the top-10 six times, including a third-place result in 2009, the best finish ever for a woman in the historic race.
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!