THE END IS NEAR: The 2013 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season has taken the white flag and is coming to the checkers. The Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix International Raceway will mark the second to last race during the 2013 season and Red Horse Racing's driver Germán Quiroga has something to prove. Quiroga is seeking his first victory in the Truck Series and first for a Mexican in a national division of NASCAR. What better place to accomplish this feat than near his home country of Mexico?
Quiroga will make his second start at the one-mile oval after making his first appearance at the track last fall in only his fifth Truck Series start. This weekend, the driver of the No. 77 OtterBox/NET10 Wireless Toyota Tundra is looking to improve his finish and put a stamp on his 2013 season.
JOINT VENTURE: The shared primary sponsorship between OtterBox and NET10 Wireless will race one last time this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. The No. 77 Toyota Tundra team has had combination paint schemes between hoods, TV panels and quarter panels. It's a perfect pairing with the no-contract cell phone leader, NET10 Wireless featuring the Samsung Galaxy, and the No. 1 selling phone case protector OtterBox.
CHASSIS HISTORY: The No. 77 OtterBox/NET10 Wireless Toyota Tundra will utilize chassis No. 008 this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. Quiroga ran this chassis back at Chicagoland Speedway and Michigan International Speedway. Quiroga tied his highest finishing positions (third) for a Mexican in a national division of NASCAR at Pocono Raceway in August. 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: Don't miss Germán Quiroga alongside teammates John Wes Townley and Timothy Peters as they join the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers for an autograph session on Friday, November 8th from 12:30-1:30 PM at the Roll-Bar hospitality area, behind the Turn 1 grandstands. The trio will also appear at the on-site Camping World store at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday afternoon in the Cotton 3 RV Parking Lot at 4:00 PM.
REARVIEW MIRROR - TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY: Germán Quiroga returned to Texas Motor Speedway looking to once again make history in his No. 77 NET10 Wireless/OtterBox Toyota Tundra. Quiroga qualified for the WinStar World 350 in the 20th position and was eager to gain on the competition during the 147-lap event. Quiroga immediately found speed making his way into the 12th spot on the lap 28 restart. During the lap 99 caution period, the NET10 Wireless/OtterBox team visited pit road for service and was served a penalty for having equipment out of the pit stall. The three-time Mexico Series champion started at the tail end of the longest line in the 21st position on the lap 106 restart and drove his way up to secure a 14th-place finish at race's end.
Germán Quiroga on Phoenix International Raceway:
What are your thoughts about racing at Phoenix International Raceway?
"I'm excited to go back to Phoenix because it was the first track where I started to feel more comfortable with the Truck compared to Mexico Series. Unfortunately, we had a poor finish last year. My goal this year is to return and do well with my No. 77 OtterBox/NET10 Wireless Toyota Tundra team. Of course, I'm going after my very first NASCAR victory.
How do you embrace the Latin Community when visiting Phoenix?"I think Phoenix is going to be another track where we will find a lot of Latin's in the stands. It's going to be good to see them and have their support. The Truck Series is very fun and hopefully I can start bringing more and more fans to the stands to cheer me on."