SS GreenLight Racing | NASCAR Xfinity Series | Joe Graf Jr.| Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course | Pennzoil 150 Fast Facts
No. 08 SS GreenLight Racing Team:
Driver: Joe Graf Jr. (@JoeGrafJr)
Primary Partner(s): Bucked Up Energy | Core Development | EAT SLEEP RACE
Manufacturer: Chevrolet Camaro
Crew Chief: Patrick Donahue
Starting Position for Pennzoil 150: 29th based on random qualifying draw
Driver Points Position: 23rd | Owner Points Position: 30th
Chassis Intel: SSGLR Chassis No. 720; competed last at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway ROVAL on September 28, 2019 (Start: 17th | Finish: 29th)
Engine: Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines (ECR)
Notes of Interest:
Welcome Aboard: Bucked Up Energy will continue its role as the primary partner of Graf’s No. 08 Chevrolet Camaro. Indianapolis is the fourth race in a multi-year, multi-race deal with the 21-year-old driver.
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Road Course Debut: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course is the inaugural road course race for Joe Graf Jr. in NASCAR Xfinity Series competition.
Additionally, Graf has never competed on a road course in a stock car which includes two full-time seasons of ARCA Menards Series competition in 2018 and 2019 respectively.
Turning Left and Right: To help Joe Graf Jr. prepare for Saturday’s Pennzoil 150, earlier this year while on the West Coast Swing, Graf Jr. and his crew chief Patrick Donahue participated in the Chris Cook Performance Driving School at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Ariz.
New Paint Scheme: The SS GreenLight Racing team will debut a new paint scheme for Saturday afternoon’s 62-lap race. The Bucked Up Energy paint scheme is infused with a patriotic fighter aircraft look to celebrate the country’s Declaration of Independence of the United States on July 4, 1776.
Did You Know?: While NASCAR Xfinity Series competition was idle during the coronavirus pandemic for two months, Joe Graf Jr. got busy.
Whether it was working out, spending time on iRacing in the Pro Series Invitational or Saturday Night Thunder, Graf recently gave an insider view on how his quarantine went and offered even a little insight on himself as a person.
Click here to watch video.
From The Pit Box: Industry veteran Patrick Donahue is Joe Graf Jr.’s crew chief. He will crew chief his 165th NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday afternoon. In his previous 163 races, he has two wins, eight top-five and 14 top-10 finishes to his resume.
The Pennzoil 150 will mark his debut as crew chief at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course.
Joe Graf Jr. Pre-Race Quotes:
On Pocono Raceway: “Totally bummed about Pocono. I felt like it was a good opportunity for us to bounce back from the misfortunate at Talladega and get a top-10 finish. Just a mistake by another driver ruined our day before it even really got started.”
On Bucked Up Energy: “The support from everyone at Bucked Up Energy as well as the fans has been incredible. They are loving being a new partner in the Xfinity Series. We are also excited to debut a new paint scheme this weekend at Indianapolis to celebrate Independence Day too.
On Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course: “I’m ready to conquer the challenge of my road course debut in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. It is going to be a learning curve, but hopefully our plan to be patience will pay off with a strong finish.
“No doubt I’m using the experience and knowledge of Saturday’s race to help me with the other upcoming road course races this season.”
The Pennzoil 150 (62 laps | 151.22 miles) is the 13th of 33 NASCAR Xfinity Series races on the 2020 schedule. The 36-car field will take the green flag shortly after 3:00 p.m. on Sat., Jul. 4, 2020 with live coverage on NBCSN, the IMS Racing Network (Radio) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Satellite Radio, Channel 90). All times are local (Eastern).
About SS Green Light Racing:
As one of the most tenured teams in all of NASCAR, SS GreenLight Racing has been a developmental hub for drivers looking to climb the ranks. Led by owner and former driver Bobby Dotter, the team has fielded entries in either the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series or the Xfinity Series competition since 2001.
Coming off a successful 2019 Xfinity campaign, SS GreenLight Racing looks to build further momentum with their two-car program in 2020.