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Justin Allgaier Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Event Preview

August 25, 2009

Photo courtesy of Autostock



Justin Allgaier
No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge Charger
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
NAPA Auto Parts 200 presented by Dodge
August 30, 2009

No. 12 Penske Racing Verizon Wireless Dodge Charger News and Notes
• This Week’s Charger… The No. 12 Verizon Wireless Dodge team will race chassis PRS-023 during Sunday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series event in Montreal. PRS-023 last saw racing action three weeks ago at Watkins Glen International. Allgaier started the event in the 28th position, but improved throughout the race and brought the machine across the finish line in the 14th spot.
• Media Availability… Driver Justin Allgaier is slated to visit the media center at the famed Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Saturday, August 29 at 1:30 p.m. 
• ROY Watch… Allgaier remains the leader in the Nationwide Series Rookie-Of-The-Year battle with 10 races remaining on the 2009 Nationwide Series schedule. The Riverton, Ill. native is currently 15 points ahead of Brendan Gaughan in the rookie standings after 24 of 34 events.
• Points Position… Allgaier is ranked fifth in the Nationwide Series point standings entering this weekend’s race. He is 58 points ahead of sixth-place Steven Wallace in the driver rankings.
• Tested and Approved… The Verizon Wireless Dodge team has tested at both the Road Atlanta and Virginia International Raceway road courses in preparation for this weekend’s race in Montreal.
• Watch and Listen… The NAPA Auto Parts presented by Dodge will be seen live on Sunday, August 30, on ESPN2 with coverage beginning at 2 p.m. ET. The event will also be heard live on MRN Radio as well as Sirius Satellite Radio, channel 128.

Justin Allgaier on driving at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
“I am looking forward to this weekend. I have heard great things about both the city of Montreal as well as the track itself. We have focused a lot of our testing efforts this year on road course racing. I feel that after Watkins Glen, I have gained a significant amount of knowledge about road racing. As a driver, it is a completely different animal. I have spent my entire life turning left, so it is weird to have to make the change. It is cool to watch drivers like Boris Said, who have had success at both road courses as well as ovals. We are excited about our prospects for this weekend and feel as if we are capable of producing a strong result. We just need to hit our marks all weekend.”


Crew Chief Chad Walter on Racing at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
“Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is a very technical track. It is a lot more technical that Watkins Glen. You have to set up each corner and really have to be smooth all day. It reminds me more of a street course than a road course. There are really high speeds and hard braking which takes a toll on the cars and drivers. I was pleased with Justin’s first road course race. He had a solid run and learned a lot about road course racing. A fifth-place finish for the Verizon Wireless Dodge would be tantamount to a victory for our team at this particular track.

“Montreal is a great city. I have spent time in the city, but have never been there to race. It is a place everyone should have on their ‘bucket list’ as a place to visit. It is beautiful in the summer time as well as the winter months.”

Justin Allgaier Nationwide Series Career Totals
Races      Wins      Top-Fives      Top-10s      Poles      Money Won
   28              0                3                     10               0             $761,847

Justin Allgaier 2009 Totals
Races      Wins      Top-Fives      Top-10s      Poles      Money Won
   24             0                  3                   10                0            $687,977