Race 26: Indianapolis
No. 8 Liberty National Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Daniel Hemric will make his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in this weekend's Brickyard 400. The Kannapolis, North Carolina, native has two NASCAR Xfinity Series starts at IMS, recording one top-five and two top-10 finishes, with 26 laps led. In those two Xfinity Series starts, Hemric recorded an average start of 10.5 and an average finish of 6.5.
What is the biggest difference you expect to find between the Xfinity Series car and the Cup Series car for your first start in the Brickyard 400?
"The team that does the best job of figuring out this aerodynamic package and how to be effective in traffic will excel. We had a similar package with the Xfinity Series cars last year at Indy, but it wasn't quite as receptive to the aero wake that we find with these Cup cars. You can be a little more aggressive about how close in line you can run with other cars. That has been a little bit of a hurdle for us, in particular. I really believe, truly, that we're making gains and helping our race cars on all aspects when it comes to that. I look forward to making my first start in the Brickyard 400. Indianapolis Motor Speedway is such a prestigious place. I remember as a kid, in the mid-1990s, watching NASCAR go there for the first time, Jeff Gordon winning the first race and Dale Earnhardt winning the second go around. Those are some of my fondest memories as a kid watching NASCAR. It is going to be really special to be part of that event for the first time."
Richard Childress is driving the Chevrolet pace car this weekend for the Brickyard 400. What is that going to mean to have him to lead the field to green?
"Hopefully we can be on the front row with one of our RCR Chevy's to bump draft his Camaro ZL1, that would be pretty special. For him being part of one of the first NASCAR races ran there to now myself driving the No. 8 car and obviously his grandson (Austin Dillon), that would be pretty special if we sat on the front row to mess with him. It's cool to see NASCAR put it in Richard's hands like that let him go have some fun and enjoy his 50 years in the sport. You can tell he's pretty pumped about it and I look forward to it."
Meet the Driver
Hemric is scheduled to take part in a series of activities with kids during the Indianapolis Motor Speedway hauler parade on Friday, Sept. 6, starting at 6:30 p.m. local time. Hemric will be paired with a team of kids to take on Brad Keselowski and his team of kids in a series of fun and engaging activities.
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