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Watkins Glen Preview - No. 95 Procore Toyota Camry
Jul 30, 2019

No. 95 Procore Toyota Camry Notes

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DIBENEDETTO BY THE NUMBERS: In four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career starts at Watkins Glen International, Matt DiBenedetto has an average start of 31.8 and an average finish of 30.2.  He’s completed 338 of 360 (93.9 percent) career laps at the 2.45-mile road course.

RACE INFO: The Go Bowling at The Glen at Watkins Glen International (2.45-mile road course) begins at 3:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 4th. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.

DiBenedetto’s Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Watkins Glen:

Date Event Start Finish Laps Status

Date

8/9/2015

Event

Cheez-It 355

Start

27

Finish

26

Laps

90 / 90

Status

Running

Date

8/7/2016

Event

Cheez-It 355

Start

35

Finish

34

Laps

83 / 90

Status

Crash

Date

8/6/2017

Event

I Love New York 355

Start

37

Finish

28

Laps

90 / 90

Status

Running

Date

8/5/2018

Event

Go Bowling at The Glen

Start

28

Finish

33

Laps

75 / 90

Status

Running

 

DiBenedetto’s Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Watkins Glen (Cummulative):

Races Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles

Races

4

Wins

0

Top 5

0

Top 10

0

Poles

0

 

DiBenedetto’s 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Season Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish

Starts

21

Wins

0

Top 5

2

Top 10

3

Poles

0

Laps Led

50

Avg. Start

21.2

Avg. Finish

21.1

 

DiBenedetto’s Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats:

Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Avg. Start Avg. Finish

Starts

161

Wins

0

Top 5

2

Top 10

7

Poles

0

Laps Led

73

Avg. Start

29.8

Avg. Finish

27.9

 

From the Driver's Seat:

Matt DiBenedetto: “I’m looking ahead to getting to Watkins Glen this weekend because I’ve really come to love road courses.  I think I enjoy it because it’s back to laying off the gas, using the brake pedal, and really getting up on the wheel and hustling in the car.  The Glen is a much different road course than Sonoma, a lot of the same things don’t apply from Sonoma to The Glen.  Watkins Glen is a road course that’s a little higher speed and slightly less technical than Sonoma.  We want a lot of downforce at The Glen as well as making sure that we have speed in our race car.  In looking ahead to The Glen, it’s not just focusing on forward-drive and grip like we do at Sonoma.  It’s new asphalt at The Glen as well so that gives us a lot of grip, high speeds, and high downforce.  Strategy is really important and that’s what makes the road course racing really fun for me.  Most teams will try to pit and be good to go on fuel as soon as possible, so pit strategies generally dictate your race there.  It’s a fun race and one that we look forward to because I’ve always loved Watkins Glen.  It’s a place we circle on the schedule as a race that we have a chance to hopefully get a strong run at.”

From the Pit Box:

Mike Wheeler: "For Watkins Glen, qualifying well is really important.  Being able to start in the top-10 or top-five makes the day a whole lot easier as far as passing and strategy.  Keeping track position is definitely a key to running well at The Glen.  Ultimately, you want to make sure that you’re good in the braking zones like Turn 1 to ‘the bus stop’ as well as heading into Turn 6 are areas that you can get positions on guys and have the ability to pass.  You can make a lot of lap time in ‘the bus stop’ as far as overall speed, but you can’t really pass there.  With the new package, it’ll be a different deal all together but ultimately qualifying well and having good brakes are keys.  Generally, you can afford to give up some forward drive there, and it’s not like Sonoma where you end up having traction-limited moments.  A lot of it is high-speed new pave hard tires and we don’t fight traction as much as we do in Sonoma so it’s one of those deals that we work on steering and braking more at The Glen than we typically do at other road courses.  The track is really nice, and I always enjoy going up there, so I’m looking forward to this weekend."


No. 95 Anest Iwata Toyota Camry Team:

Driver: Matt DiBenedetto
Crew Chief: Mike Wheeler
Car Chief: Greg Emmer                        
Spotter: Doug Campbell
Engineer: J. R. Houston
Engineer: Etienne Cliche
Mechanic: Bill Mares                    
Mechanic: Matt Kimball
Mechanic: Zach Marquardt
Shock Specialist: Sean Studer       
Tire Specialist: Tony Ramirez         
Jackman: Charles Thacker
Fueler: Brian Eastland                
Rear Changer: Devon Youker
Front Changer: Adam Hartman      
Tire Carrier: Chris Hall
Hauler Driver: Damon Lopez

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