BACK TO HIGH SPEED: Germán Quiroga couldn't be happier to get behind the wheel of the No. 77 OtterBox Toyota Tundra this weekend at Pocono Raceway. Quiroga and his OtterBox team have showcased their speed on many tracks this season and would like the 2.5-mile tri-oval raceway to be the one that puts them into victory lane. The three-time Mexico Series champion will make his track debut during the Pocono Mountains 125 and looks to gain momentum on the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rookie of the Year standings where he currently sits fourth.
WHERE IT ALL BEGAN: Engine Tuner for Germán Quiroga and the No. 77 OtterBox Toyota Tundra Team, Brian Fisher is close to home when it comes to Pocono Raceway. The Chambersburg, PA native grew up racing go-karts beginning at age of 12. Fisher was a front runner at Shippensburg Speedway for many years, even capturing a track championship. Once he graduated high school, Fisher and his brother started a dyno cart shop in 1988. He made the move to North Carolina in 1994 and joined Joe Gibbs Racing Engines at the beginning of the season.
OTTERBOX®: For the fourth consecutive week, OtterBox joins German Quiroga and his No. 77 Toyota Tundra team as primary sponsor for the Pocono Mountains 125 at Pocono Raceway. 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: Germán Quiroga will be behind the wheel of Chassis No. 008 this weekend at Pocono Raceway. Quiroga earned his highest finishing position (third) and highest finishing position for a Mexican in a national division of NASCAR at Texas Motor Speedway with Chassis No. 008. The chassis also scored an 11th-place finish at Kansas Speedway earlier this year. The notebook for Chassis No. 008 had started during the 2012 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. There, the chassis earned Red Horse Racing's 10th pole position and took home a seventh-place finish.
MEET & GREET: Quiroga, along with teammates Timothy Peters and John Wes Townley will join the NASCAR Camping world Truck Series drivers for an autograph session on Friday, August 2nd from 12:00 - 1:00 pm at Pocono Raceway in the Chalet Village located outside Turn 3.
REARVIEW MIRROR - ELDORA: Germán Quiroga and his No. 77 OtterBox Toyota Tundra team faced a new type of surface as they qualified 35th and lined up seventh in the fifth and final heat. Quiroga was able to collect two positions and finish the eight lap heat in fifth. His finish moved him to the 25th starting position for the 150-lap main. When the checkered flag waived, it was a 20th-place finish for the No. 77 OtterBox team at Eldora Speedway. The team picked up two positions in the point standings, now 14th.
Germán Quiroga on Pocono Raceway:
On a scale of one to 10, how would you rate your season at the half-way mark?
"I think speed wise we are very good. I am comfortable and happy with Dan (Stillman, Crew Chief) and my Red Horse Racing crew. I think I have improved from Daytona and Pocono will be my 17th race in the series. My first year in the NASCAR Mexico Series was okay. But it started to change after my second year. I'm expecting to have the same rhythm in the Truck Series, but just a little better. We want a win for OtterBox, NET10 Wireless, Toyota, and my country. I've jumped to 14th in the point standings and we want to finish inside the top-10.
What is your approach to getting around Pocono Raceway?
"We are going to use our Texas Tundra which I feel very comfortable in that truck. We had good runs at Kansas and Texas. And I love fast tracks, so we have to keep that momentum going. This race can really help us points wise, and after a 20th-place finish at Eldora we need a top-5 finish."