Indy Road Course A Challenge For Bowman

48 Alex Bowman

Age: 28 (April 25, 1993)

Hometown: Tucson, Arizona

Resides: Concord, North Carolina

Crew Chief: Greg Ives

Standings: 11th

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No. 48 Ally Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE

TURNING LEFT AND RIGHT: In the NASCAR Cup Series, Alex Bowman has 17 starts at road courses with two top-five finishes and seven top-10s. He has finished inside the top 15 in 11 of 13 road course starts while behind the wheel for Hendrick Motorsports and has an average finish of 11.2 while driving for the organization. The No. 48 team has placed inside the top 10 in five of the last eight road course events in the series.

INDY STATS: The driver of the No. 48 Ally Chevrolet has five previous Cup Series starts at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the oval track. This weekend marks the first NCS event on the 2.43-mile road course at IMS and Bowman’s first time on the 13-turn circuit. Bowman made two starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series on the IMS oval and has an average finish of 16.

CALLING ROAD COURSES: Crew chief Greg Ives has called 19 Cup Series races on road courses at Hendrick Motorsports. The Bark River, Michigan, native’s drivers have captured two top-five results and nine top-10s at Circuit of The Americas, the Charlotte ROVAL, Road America, the DAYTONA Road Course, Sonoma Raceway and Watkins Glen International. This weekend’s event will mark the inaugural NCS event on the IMS road course and Ives’ first time calling the shots on this circuit. On the famed Indy oval, Ives has six starts in the series with his best finish of 13th coming in 2016 with Jeff Gordon behind the wheel.

HOMETOWN TRACK: Two members of the No. 48 Ally team call Indiana home. Engineer Tim O’Brien grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, approximately 130 miles from the famed Indiana speedway. The 38-year-old attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and received his mechanical engineering degree in 2005. He has been a part of Hendrick Motorsports for six years and started racing go-karts when he was 12. Front end mechanic Ty Sipes hails from Bloomfield, Indiana, located approximately one hour and 45 minutes southwest of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Growing up, Sipes gained experience at local racetracks working on USAC Series cars. Prior to joining Hendrick Motorsports in 2014, Sipes was a mechanic with Kasey Kahne’s World of Outlaws sprint car team.

PIT ROAD STATS: Following last weekend’s event at The Glen, the No. 48 pit crew continues to sit fifth on the chart for the fastest four-tire pit stop average in the NASCAR Cup Series with a time of 13.86 seconds. The team had the fastest single stop at Dover International Speedway (12.18 seconds) on May 16 and had the third-fastest stop at Atlanta Motor Speedway (12.25 seconds) on July 11. The No. 48 pit crew includes fueler Jacob Conley, tire carrier Allen Stallings, jackman Dustin Lineback, and tire changers Scott Brzozowski (front) and Devin DelRicco (rear).

PADDING THE RECORD: With Kyle Larson’s performance Sunday at Watkins Glen International, Hendrick Motorsports extended its NASCAR Cup Series record for all-time road-course victories to 24, which is 11 more than any other team. The organization has won on road courses with a series-high seven different drivers: Jeff Gordon (nine wins), Chase Elliott (seven), Tim Richmond (three), Larson (two), Jimmie Johnson, Ricky Rudd and Geoff Bodine. Hendrick Motorsports also has the most road course stage wins of any team with 11.

ROAD RUNNERS: In NASCAR Cup Series road races since 2018, Hendrick Motorsports has gone to victory lane in nine of 13 events, including eight of the last nine. The team has won 10 of 24 stages (the most) and led more than anyone else with 502 of 1,140 laps (44%). It has posted four 1-2 finishes during the stretch, all coming in the last eight races.

DÉJÀ VU: Sunday will mark the Cup Series’ first-ever race on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 27 years after NASCAR’s debut at the historic venue. On Aug. 6, 1994, Hendrick Motorsports won the inaugural event on the IMS oval with driver Gordon. Dating back to that race, Hendrick Motorsports has won six of the last 13 Cup events held on new tracks, including three of the last four. In 2021, the team has gone to victory lane at two of the three new tracks on the circuit: Elliott at Circuit of The Americas and Larson at Nashville Superspeedway.

INDY TRENDY: Although Hendrick Motorsports has never raced on the venue’s road course, it has posted a record 10 NASCAR Cup Series wins competing on the storied Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval – twice the total of any other team. The organization holds the track records for Cup Series top-five finishes (27), top-10s (42) and laps led (1,030). Its five Cup pole positions on the Indy oval are tied for the most.

NINE ON THE LINE: Over the last 11 NASCAR Cup Series points races, Hendrick Motorsports has won eight times (most), scored six-runner-up results (most), finished 1-2 on five occasions (most), won 10 of 26 stages (most), and led 1,335 of 2,221 laps raced (60%). With 44 total entries across the most recent 11 events, the team has scored 21 top-five finishes (most) and 29 top-10s (most).

23 AND WE: After 23 of 36 points-paying races in 2021, the four-car Hendrick Motorsports stable has won 11 times, which is its most ever at this time of the year. Its 16 stage wins are the most in history by any organization going into the 24th points race. Hendrick Motorsports has its most top-five finishes (36) and posted its fourth-most laps led (2,083) at the 23-event mark. The team’s 56 top-10s in 2021 represent the second-most by anyone ever at this point in a season.

Alex Bowman, driver of the No. 48 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, on running the road course at Indianapolis: “Going to Indy, there is a lot of history; most of that comes on the oval. It’s cool to get the opportunity to run the road course. It will be a new challenge for us. I think having two road course events back-to-back will help me be more prepared for the second race. We have been racing ovals for quite a while. It would be really cool to be the next Hendrick Motorsports driver to win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the first to win on the road course.”

Greg Ives, crew chief of the No. 48 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE, on preparation for the Indy road course: “We have a good game plan in place for the Indy Chevrolet based on video and whatever you can to gain knowledge since we haven’t been there before. The foundation that you build is from the feedback from the driver and the things that hurt us in Watkins Glen that you can adjust and apply for Indy. You may adjust your game plan as far as what you are going to practice and try, but all in all, you are always learning and can always apply what to do and what not to do.”


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