MTJ Readies For Indy Road Course

Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex, Jr., Clint Bowyer & Alex Bowman

No. 19 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota Camry News and Notes

TRUEX ON ROAD COURSES: Martin Truex Jr. is a four-time NASCAR Cup Series winner on road courses. His resume includes 13 top-five finishes, 20 top-10s and 302 laps led in 37 career road course races. This season, Truex has claimed two top-five finishes and three top-10s overall in five road course races.

WATKINS GLEN RECAP: Truex led a race high-34 laps and earned his fifth stage win of the season in last weekend’s race at Watkins Glen International. In the end, the No. 19 driver was forced to settle for a third-place finish after battling a loose race car for the final stretch of the race.

AUTO-OWNERS: Auto-Owners Insurance will be featured as the primary sponsor of Truex’s No. 19 Camry for Sunday’s race in Indianapolis. The Lansing, Michigan-based company offers multiple lines of insurance, including life, home, auto and business to customers in 26 states. 2021 marks Auto-Owners’ third year with Joe Gibbs Racing as they will once again be featured for eight races on the No. 19 Camry. To learn more about Auto-Owners, visit www.auto-owners.com.

FOUNDATION PAINT SCHEME: The Auto-Owners Insurance Camry will feature a new look this weekend at Indianapolis to recognize the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation and SherryStrong. The unique design features a blue base with teal and gold ribbons along the sides to support both ovarian and childhood cancer awareness that the foundation focuses on.

JGR STATS: While this will be the first experience for the Joe Gibbs Racing NASCAR Cup Series team on the Indy Road Course, the team has enjoyed five victories on the track’s historic 2.5-mile oval. In 71 combined starts on the oval, JGR has tallied 22 top-five finishes, 36 top-10s and 716 laps led. Kyle Busch, Bobby Labonte and Tony Stewart combined for JGR’s victories at the Brickyard. The team has been no slouch on road courses either with 13 Cup Series wins, including Christopher Bell’s victory at the Daytona Road Course earlier this season.

TUNE IN: Coverage of this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course begins Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on NBC, IMS Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Martin Truex Jr., Driver of the No. 19 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota Camry

What are your thoughts on going to the road course at Indy for the first time?

“I honestly have no idea. All I know about is what I’ve seen on TV, so I’ve got a lot of homework to do this week to get prepared and be ready for practice on Saturday there. It will be fun. It’s always exciting to go to new tracks and I like road courses as well so it should be good.”

Do you do much simulator work?

“Oh yeah, if you don’t today, you might as well stay home. It’s just the way it is, especially with no practice and a new track coming up this weekend. I think everybody does and there are so many tools available today, it’s almost like we’re becoming robots. If you don’t use those things and the tools available, you’re going to be behind.”

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

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