DiBenedetto Will Try To Stay Focused For 600 Miles

Matt DiBenedetto

No. 95 Procore Safety Qualified 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 seven Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Matt DiBenedetto has an average start of 32.9 and an average finish of 31.0.  He’s completed 2,177 of 2,605 (83.6 percent) career laps at the 1.5-mile track in Concord, N.C.

·       PROCORE IS MAKING JOBSITES SAFER: 2019 marks the third annual Procore Safety Qualified program, which is a course series focused on making jobsites safer.  In 2018, more than 800 construction industry professionals dedicated over 6,000 hours to safety education through the completion of the Procore Safety Qualified (PSQ) course series.  The drive behind PSQ, is to give all construction professionals access to safety training in order to improve safety on every jobsite.  The 2019 Procore Safety Qualified program has three new courses that address complex hazards by teaching and developing best practices using technology.  If you’d like to participate in the courses, please visithttps://education.procore.com/series/procore-safety-qualified for more information.

·       THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE: This weekend aboard the No. 95 Toyota Camry, U.S. Army Specialist Daniel A. Desens, Jr. will be featured as part of NASCAR’s 600 Miles of Remembrance program.  Fallen service members will be honored with their names on the windshields aboard Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series cars.  SPC Daniel Desens, Jr. was a part of Alpha Company 1st Bn. 120th Inf. Based out of Jacksonville, N.C.  In March of 2004, Desens, Jr. was deployed to Iraq and attached to the 1st Infantry Division.  On June 24, 2004 SPC Daniel A. Desens, Jr. was tragically killed in action in Baqubah, Iraq.  He was 20 years old.

·       RACE INFO: The Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway (1.5-mile) begins at 6:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 26th. The race will be broadcast live on FOX, Sirius XM Channel 90 and PRN Radio.

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

Date                Event                                      S          F         Laps                Status

05/24/15          Coca-Cola 600                       42        34        392/400            Running

10/11/15          Bank of America 500              40        29        330/334            Running

05/29/16          Coca-Cola 600                       34        32        393/400            Running

10/09/16          Bank of America 500              24        25        329/334            Running

05/28/17          Coca-Cola 600                       30        37        139/400            Crash

10/08/17          Bank of America 500              29        23        337/337            Running

05/27/18          Coca-Cola 600                       31        37        257/400            Oil Leak

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

                        Races     Wins     Top 5s    Top 10s       Poles

Cumulative         7            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

   12               0                 0                0                  0                    50                     21.2                  24.2

DiBenedetto’s Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

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

152                0                 0                4                    0                 73                      30.3                    28.6

From the Driver’s Seat:

Matt DiBenedetto: “Hydration is the key for me heading into this weekend’s race.  Hydration will be my No. 1 focus, as well as making sure I’m getting enough sleep as we prepare for the longest race of our season.  Obviously, you’re focused on working with the team and executing in order to do all the things that we can in order to be successful.  We’ll try and take as much as we can from last weekend as well, even though there will be some changes from last weekend to this weekend in regard to the package.  From a driver’s standpoint, my main focuses are going to be hydration, sleep, and not a whole lot of physical activity the day before.  I also focus on staying as cool as I can during the day leading up to the race, while also making sure that I take ice bags during the race since it’s forecasted to be really hot.  It’s a very long race, and with temperatures forecasted to be in the mid-90’s that day, it’s always easy to cramp up and get dehydrated.  Memorial Day weekend at Charlotte is really special in this sport, but it holds a pretty big spot in my family’s hearts since my brother is in the military.  This weekend of honoring those who gave their lives in active duty is an incredibly special weekend. We all emphasize with families who’s loved ones gave the ultimate sacrifice defending our freedom, so I’m always honored to feature a name on our Camry for this race.  It’s just a really special weekend at Charlotte, and I feel that it’s one of the coolest pre-race ceremonies that we have all year.”

From the Pit Box:

Mike Wheeler: “I would honestly say that 600 miles at Charlotte isn’t that much different than how we prepare for other races.  The cars today are meant to go a lot longer in general than even 600 miles, especially with he current package.  We don’t run out of brakes, engines don’t run out of miles, so it’s not as much of an endurance event as this race used to be.  The shocks, the suspension, and the engine drivetrain can all handle this mileage without any concerns.  This weekend’s race breaks down into a bunch of 30-50 lap races over and over again if you look at how the miles are broken down.  As far as looking at what we learned from last weekend’s All-Star events, to looking ahead to this weekend’s, a lot of the ride qualities, platform control, and tire information will apply for this weekend.  The aero balance will be different from All-Star to this weekend, so some of the drivability will be different, but honestly since the tires are the same, that’s some helpful information.  Obviously, we’re still going through the same corners at similar speeds, so a lot of the harshness of the car, shocks, springs, and sway bars will be similar set-ups but using the balance a little differently because of the aero-package change.”

No. 95 Procore Safety Qualified 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: Sean Studer         Mechanic: Zach Marquardt

Tire Specialist: Tony Ramirez          Jackman: Charles Thacker

Fueler: Brian Eastland                       Rear Changer: Deven Youker

Front Changer: Adam Hartman        Tire Carrier: Chris Hall

Hauler Driver: Damon Lopez


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