LFR Prepares For The GEICO 500

No. 95 Procore Toyota Camry Notes:

·       JOIN THE PROCORE CREW: With a new car, new driver, and a new season ahead of us, now’s your chance to join our Procore crew. Become a member of the No. 95 Crew today to get your free, collectible Matt DiBenedetto 95 hero card. Plus, you can enter to win exclusive Procore No. 95 Car merchandise throughout the season.  Visit www.procore.com/95crew to enroll today.

·       DIBENEDETTO BY THE NUMBERS: In eight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career starts at Talladega Superspeedway, Matt DiBenedetto has an average start of 33.4 and an average finish of 27.4.  He’s completed 1,397 of 1,524 (91.7 percent) career laps and has led for 20 laps at the 2.66-mile high-banked track.

·       PROCORE IS HELPING TO TRANSFORM TALLADEGA: Did you know that Procore customer, Hoar Construction is utilizing Procore to help with the redevelopment project that is transforming the iconic Talladega Superspeedway infield project? Over 79 years ago, Hoar Construction began by building churches from their Birmingham, Alabama headquarters.  Today, the Hoar Construction team is spearheading work on some of the state’s most recognizable landmarks.

·       RACE INFO: The GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway (2.66-mile) begins at 2:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 28th. The race will be broadcast live on FOX, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.

DiBenedetto’s Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Talladega:

Date                Event                                      S          F          Laps                Status

05/03/15          GEICO 500                             43        18        188/188            Running

10/25/15          CampingWorld.com 500         36        40        177/196            Running

05/01/16          GEICO 500                             35        36        98/188              Engine

10/23/16          Hellmann’s 500                       35        27        192/192            Running

05/07/17          GEICO 500                             26        18        191/191            Running

10/15/17          Alabama 500                           31        32        171/188            Parked

04/29/18          GEICO 500                             33        19        188/188            Running

10/14/18          1000Bulbs.com 500                27        30        192/193            Running                      

DiBenedetto’s Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Talladega:

                        Races     Wins     Top 5s    Top 10s       Poles

Cumulative         8            0             0               0                0

DiBenedetto’s 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Season Stats:

Starts         Wins        Top-5’s     Top-10’s       Poles          Laps Led         Avg. Start       Avg. Finish

    9                0                 0                 0                 0                    49                  21.3                 22.6

DiBenedetto’s Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts         Wins        Top-5’s     Top-10’s         Poles        Laps Led          Avg. Start       Avg. Finish

149                0                  0                4                  0                  72                   30.5                   28.5

From the Driver’s Seat:

Matt DiBenedetto: “Talladega is a race weekend I’m really looking forward to, and I think we all do as a team for a few different reasons.  One of them being the fact that at Daytona to start off the season, we ran really well and had one of the best cars, so clearly this team knows how to crank the most speed out of our Camry at the superspeedways.  I feel like I’ve always been a good superspeedway racer over the years and I’ve worked really hard to always try and put myself in a position to have a shot at winning those races.  This weekend will be interesting since we’ll have some new challenges with the new aero package at Talladega, so the style of racing will be different than we’ve experienced there in the past.  It’s been a season so far with a lot of unknowns going to all these tracks with the new package for the first time, but I think this weekend will be a fun one for our group and one that we’ve been looking forward to ever since we left Daytona.”

From the Pit Box:

Mike Wheeler: “Talladega might be the most interesting track we go to this year with the new aero package compared to what people expect heading into this weekend.  Ultimately, Daytona notes from the start of the season are thrown out the window because that package is completely different than what we’re running this weekend.  We’re hoping to keep a decent notebook from Texas and some of the other tracks that had the same 550 spec NASCAR package, but with the new spoiler height and rear tail extension, the car is a whole new animal in itself.  It wouldn’t surprise us if there is a bigger pack this weekend and that the runs on guys in traffic are quicker and harder to block in the big pack.  It may be similar to what we saw maybe 10 to 15 years ago, but ultimately in regard to handling, I think that cars are going to be stuck more into the track compared to where they’ve been in the past.  The cars for this weekend are going to be quite a bit front-heavy with the big splitter so handling in traffic might be a concern compared to clean air traffic.  We’re just not entirely sure what’s going to happen this weekend because handling might come into play because of the off-balance of the aero-balance.  I do think though that with this package, if you get shuffled out of the pack, you might have a better chance of hooking back up to the big draft.  The holes that cars are going to punch in the air this weekend are bigger than ever and the motors have more horsepower than before at Daytona and Talladega.  The game plan for this weekend will be to figure out the new travel heights and the downforce making sure that no one has any issues.  We’ll need to make sure that we get the balance of the car drivable both in clean air and in traffic.  We’re really starting from scratch this weekend with a new tire, the new aero-balance, and the additional horsepower, the cars might drive completely different than what everyone is expecting them to.”

No. 95 Procore Toyota Camry Team:

Driver: Matt DiBenedetto                   Crew Chief: Mike Wheeler

Car Chief: Greg Emmer                     Spotter: Doug Campbell

Engineer: J.R. Houston                     Engineer: Etienne Cliche

Mechanic: Bill Mares                         Mechanic: Matt Kimball

Shock Specialist: Tim Lambert        Mechanic: Ryan Dextraze

Tire Specialist: Tony Ramirez          Jackman: Bailey Walker

Fueler: Ryan Dextraze                      Rear Changer: Deven Youker

Front Changer: Adam Hartman        Tire Carrier: Chris Hall

Hauler Driver: Damon Lopez


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