LET HISTORY REPEAT ITSELF: Red Horse Racing driver, Germán Quiroga wants a little more from Iowa Speedway this Sunday as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to the 0.875-mile tri-oval. The three-time Mexico Series champion made history in July by becoming the first Mexican to win a pole in a National division of NASCAR. And he did it in style, setting a new track record.
After leading 56 laps, the No. 77 OtterBox Toyota Tundra driver suffered damage after contact with another competitor and was relegated to a 14th-place finish. The Rookie of the Year contender will most definitely be a threat during the American Ethanol 200. Look for Quiroga in Pizza Ranch victory lane.
OTTERBOX®: OtterBox couldn't be more excited to return to Iowa Speedway with Germán Quiroga as primary sponsor. It appeared the Fort Collins, CO based organization seemed to be good luck earlier this season when Quiroga set a new track record and captured the pole. The company known for their protective solutions for the leading global handheld manufacturers, wireless carriers and distributors will sport the OtterBox yellow and black paint scheme. For more information on OtterBox visit www.OtterBox.com.
CHASSIS HISTORY: Quiroga and his No. 77 OtterBox Toyota Tundra team will again utilize Chassis No. 002 this weekend at Iowa Speedway. At the July race, Quiroga set a new track record on the way to becoming the first Mexican-born driver to collect a pole in a National division of NASCAR. The Chassis also earned a 13th-place at Dover International Speedway and was raced at Martinsville Speedway in April where Quiroga qualified fifth.
MEET & GREET: Quiroga, along with teammates John Wes Townley and Timothy Peters will join the NASCAR Camping world Truck Series drivers for an autograph session on Saturday, September 7th from 4:15 - 5:00 pm at Iowa Speedway at the Infield Fan Walk.
REARVIEW MIRROR - CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORT PARK: Germán Quiroga and the No. 77 OtterBox Toyota Tundra team continue to grow and learn in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie year. Quiroga qualified 12th and by lap 15 he was running inside the top 10 where he stayed for majority of the race. Crew chief Dan Stillman played fuel strategy well, keeping Quiroga out during a caution period because it was not within the fuel window to make it to the end. This was a good move as it put Quiroga in position to take the lead with 29 laps to go and picking up bonus points for leading the race. After the team pitted, Quiroga dropped back into the 19th position and made a charge for the front. Unfortunately, with four laps to go, a competitor slammed into Quiroga resulting in a spin which relegated him to a 15th-place finish.
Germán Quiroga on Iowa Speedway:
What are your thoughts on returning to Iowa?
"We were very fast in Iowa. Hopefully, now that we're going to go back we can make it (the win) happen. We struggled a little bit during the race, but we were fast. We had a very fast truck, so hopefully our Toyota Tundra is ready again and we can do fast laps and hopefully we can go to victory lane."
How do you evaluate your season to date? "It has been back and forth. I have learned a lot, for sure, and that's why I'm here. I still need to learn more, so it's a learning process. Hopefully it gets better and better and my goal is to be Rookie of the Year, but if that can't happen we're going to try to fight for top-10 in the championship and prepare for next year."