No. 19 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota Camry News and Notes
- TRUEX AT MICHIGAN: In 27 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Michigan International Speedway, Martin Truex Jr. owns seven top-five finishes and 10 top-10s. The Mayetta, N.J. native has finished sixth or better in three of the past five races at the two-mile track.
- LAST TIME AT MICHIGAN: When the series visited the Brooklyn, Mich. track in June, Truex started 16th and raced his way into the top 10 early on. After finishing sixth and third in the first two stages, Truex lined up second for an overtime restart before ultimately ending the day with a third-place finish.
- WATKINS GLEN RECAP: Truex continued his success on road courses with a runner-up finish last weekend at Watkins Glen International. He spent the final half of the 90-lap race in the tire tracks of eventual winner Chase Elliott but could never complete the pass as he earned his fifth finish of second or better in the past six road course races.
- 500TH START: This Sunday marks Truex’s 500th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start. Through 499 races, he has amassed 23 victories, 96 top-five finishes, 195 top-10s and 19 pole awards. The milestone makes Truex only the 42nd driver in NASCAR Cup Series history to reach the 500-starts mark.
- SPECIAL SCHEME AND FIRE SUIT: Truex’s No. 19 Auto-Owners Insurance Camry will feature a black and blue design to commemorate his 500th career start. He will be dressed to impress as he trades in his regular navy Auto-Owners fire suit for a black tuxedo fire suit complete with a blue bowtie. The tuxedo fire suit idea is a throwback to Truex’s 2016 Southern 500 victory – his first in an Auto-Owners car – where his fire suit resembled a navy business suit for throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway.
- AUTO-OWNERS: Auto-Owners Insurance will be featured as the primary sponsor of Truex’s No. 19 Camry this weekend at Michigan International Speedway. The Lansing, Michigan-based company offers multiple lines of insurance, including life, home, auto and business to customers in 26 states. In addition to supporting Truex on the track, the company has also become a key partner supporting the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation through multiple initiatives such as “Ride With Martin”, a fundraising program started by Auto-Owners that allows company associates to have their names placed on the hood of Truex’s race car in exchange for a donation to the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation.
- BOBBLEHEAD FUNDRAISER: Earlier this week, Auto-Owners and The Martin Truex Jr. Foundation announced a bobblehead program in which the Foundation will sell a bobblehead featuring Truex in his 500th start fire suit to raise money for the Foundation’s childhood and ovarian cancer initiatives. 500 limited-edition bobbleheads are available for purchase at www.ShopMTJF.org.
- JGR AT MICHIGAN: Joe Gibbs Racing has eight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victories at Michigan International Speedway. In 134 combined starts, the organization has tallied 36 top-five finishes and 60 top-10s. JGR has also won seven pole awards at the track, including Denny Hamlin’s pole at the track last August.
- TUNE IN: Coverage of this weekend’s race at Michigan International Speedway begins Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, MRN Radio and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.
Martin Truex Jr., Driver of the No. 19 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota Camry
What do you expect going back to Michigan for the second time?
“We’re excited to go back to Michigan and improve on how we ran there in June. It was one of our better runs on the bigger tracks with the 550 (horsepower) package, so anything we can learn there for the rest of the year is going to be big. Michigan is always a big race being the home track for Auto-Owners Insurance, so we want to have a good run for them as well.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!