Gilliland To Be In Borrowed EGR Car
TRG Motorsports has leased the No. 1 Chevrolet Impala SS from Earnhardt Ganassi for the Toyota Save Mart 350 to be run at Infineon Raceway Sunday.
In Saturday’s first practice, David Gilliland was involved in an accident exiting pit road when he collided with the No. 34 of John Andretti.
The damage to the No. 71 Adobe Road Winery Chevrolet Impala SS was too extensive to repair. The team, working on a very tight budget, had their short track car as a backup. The management at Earnhardt Ganassi offered their Martin Truex Jr. road course backup car, which finished 16th here last year and fifth at Watkins Glen, and TRG Motorsports team principal Kevin Buckler gladly accepted.
“I want to thank the Earnhardt Ganassi team for their gracious offer,” Buckler said. “It shows you how the NASCAR family really works together and has embraced us as new comers and wants to see our team succeed. David has done a great job for us all season with the pressure of not making mistakes because our car inventory is low.
“We are behind him 100 percent and we want to make sure we have the best possible car under him for our home race at Infineon tomorrow. This little team will once again prove their metal and put a great car under David for the race. It is our home event and we will definitely turn this into a positive. I know that Slugger (Labbe crew chief) and the guys will do whatever it takes to get the car ready.”
Gilliland will be relegated to the back of the field for the start of the race.
“It is great that Kevin and the partners are pulling out all of the stops by getting the Martin’s back-up for tomorrow,” Gilliland said. “Our race car was really good, the best I have ever had for this race. That car was purchased from Earnhardt Ganassi so the one we will race should be relatively the same. The guys are working really hard to get the car ready and I will work just as hard on the track tomorrow to work my up through the field from back. I am ready to turn this into a positive.”No Comment