Brendan Gaughan Looks Forward to Racing on the Road Course at
Infineon Raceway: Gaughan, driver of the No. 77 Kodak EasyShare Dodge
and 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Raybestos Rookie of the Year
contender, looks forward to his first road course event as a Cup
"I love road racing," Gaughan said. "I have some experience in road
courses from open wheel and tire tests and all. I kind of like the
variety of turning left and right. We raced at Laguna Seca in the
Winston West Series, so I have stock car experience on a road course.
We'll see if any of what I think I know carries over!"
A Ticket for Click-n-It: Gaughan is joining the California Highway
Patrol on Thursday to reward drivers displaying their NASCAR fan
pride via flags, bumper stickers, etc. The driver/fan will be pulled
over and presented with two tickets to the Dodge/Save Mart 350, as
well as be given the opportunity to interact with the driver for a
"Well, it's not every day that I get to say I pulled someone over and
gave them a ticket," Gaughan said. "Well, come to think of it, I
never have. I think this is a neat way to promote the event while
tying into the safety message of the California Highway Patrol."
Take Me Out to the Ball Game: Gaughan is attending the San Francisco
Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers ball game Wednesday night, June 23.
Gaughan will sing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" prior to the seventh
"Well, if Harry Caray can sing it, I can too!"
Follow the Leader- Gaughan on Leading Laps at Michigan Speedway:
"The Penske-Jasper Racing team is really coming together. Each week
we see improvements across the board in communication, equipment and
performance. It takes all three to win races and we are building on
Gaughan on Green-Flag Finishes:
"I do not envy Mike Helton, but I respect the decisions he is forced
to make. Finishing a race under green-flag conditions is a judgment
call. If a car has wrecked and is sitting in the middle of the track,
then it is a no brainer, we finish under caution. NASCAR fans get
great races most weeks. They need to understand that there are often
extenuating circumstances that contribute to the decisions being made
by NASCAR. With that being said, I think Mr. Helton has made several
gutsy moves over the past couple of weeks. It's not easy for anyone
to stand up and admit when a mistake has been made. He has done just
that, while asking for patience. That is hard not to respect."
Gaughan on Returning to Daytona International Speedway Next Week:
"I like that we are about to head to some tracks for the second time.
I like that one of those tracks is Daytona because our speedway
program has improved on what we had there and at Talladega earlier
this year. The guys tell me the body is more aerodynamic and that
everyone will be pleased with the results. No matter what seat time
you get at Daytona, it is still going to come down to how the car
cuts through the air. It has nothing to do with driver and everything
to do with aero."
Equipment: Brendan Gaughan will race chassis No. 7 at Infineon
Raceway. No. 7 is a Hopkins chassis and is part of the original
Penske-Jasper Racing fleet. The Kodak Racing team tested two chassis
at Virginia International Raceway, PJR No. 7 and PRS No. 50. After
the test and long deliberations, the team opted to take No. 7, with