NEW KID IN THE WINDY CITY: This may be Germán Quiroga's debut at the 1.5-mile speedway of Chicagoland Speedway but if his 2013 season intermediate program track record is any indication on how he may perform, the No. 77 NET10 Wireless Toyota Tundra team has nothing to worry about. Quiroga made history by finishing third at Texas Motor Speedway in June which is the highest finishing position in a National division of NASCAR for a Mexican. He went on to duplicate that finish at Pocono Raceway where he battled for the win during the closing laps.
The Rookie of the Year contender has also captured an eighth-place finish at the 1.5-mile track of Kentucky Speedway and an 11th-place finish at Kansas Speedway. Look for Quiroga to make a mark on the windy city during the EnjoyIllinois.com 225.
NET10 WIRELESS®: Germán Quiroga welcomes back primary sponsor NET10 Wireless on his No. 77 Toyota Tundra this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. NET10 Wireless served as primary sponsor for the first seven races this season. The no-contract cell phone leader will continue its support as primary or associate sponsor for the remainder of the season. For more information on NET10 Wireless, visit www.NET10Wireless.com.
CHASSIS HISTORY: Quiroga is back behind Chassis No. 008 this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. Last raced at Michigan International Raceway and Pocono Raceway, Quiroga tied his highest finishing position (third) for a Mexican in a national division of NASCAR at Pocono. This chassis was also raced at Texas Motor Speedway where Quiroga initially made history with his third-place finish. The chassis also scored an 11th-place finish at Kansas Speedway earlier this year. The notebook for Chassis No. 008 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 John Wes Townley and Timothy Peters will visit the Toyota Pitpass Stage on Friday afternoon in the Chicagoland Speedway Vendor Midway at 1:30pm.
REARVIEW MIRROR - IOWA SPEEDWAY: After qualifying in the 18th position, Germán Quiroga quickly began to demonstrate his maturity as a driver by carefully picking his opportunities during the course of the race. By lap 65 he was running inside the top-10 and by lap 116 he was in 7th. The team calmly made their way through two green-white-checker finishes to take sixth place.
Germán Quiroga on Chicagoland Speedway:
What are you most looking forward to at Chicagoland Speedway?
"Honestly, I am really looking forward to seeing a big Latin turnout. Chicago is heavily populated with the Hispanic culture and I hope that the Latin community comes out to show their support. I will do my best to put our NET10 Wireless Toyota Tundra into victory lane to capture the first win for a Mexican in a National division of NASCAR. It would be great to do that in Chicago."
What are your goals for the remainder of the season?
"Of course my goal is to obtain the Rookie of the Year title, but really I would really like to capture that first win for my Country. We are coming off a sixth-place finish at Iowa Speedway and my team is capable of much more. We are a front running team and I want to continue to show that we belong there. Top-10's and top-five finishes for the rest of the year. That is our goal."