June 21, 2010 // Franchising.com // Pizza Ranch Racing will roll off for the first time in 2010 with driver Matt DiBenedetto piloting the No. 20 Pizza Ranch Toyota at the Road America 200 in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin on June 19. The Road America 200 is also the first road-course race for the NASCAR Nationwide Series this season.
The historic Road America course features 14 turns in its 4 miles of track. Even though Road America will be Matt's first Nationwide Series road-course race ever, Matt has shown strong potential with this style of racing. Matt took right to road course racing last year in the NASCAR K&N East Series where he captured the pole in both of his road course appearances while also running strong in those races.
"Matt is a solid young man and represents Pizza Ranch very well," said Pizza Ranch president and co-founder, Adrie Groeneweg. "Add to that Matt's talent behind the wheel along with the consistently fast No. 20 Toyotas of Joe Gibbs Racing, and Pizza Ranch has a lot to look forward to this Saturday," said Groeneweg.
"It's really cool to have Pizza Ranch back on the car this week with me," said DiBenedetto. "They have been great to work with and a perfect match for me since I love pizza. I just got to spend a couple days with a bunch of their franchise owners last week and had a great time. I really appreciate their support and hopefully we'll give them a strong run Saturday at Road America to make them proud."
Joe Gibbs Racing continued to set the pace in the NASCAR Nationwide Series by scoring another victory this past Saturday when the series stopped off at Kentucky Speedway. The Kentucky win marked the 2nd win of the 2010 season for the No. 20 team and the 40th combined win for Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 20 & 18 teams in the NASCAR Nationwide Series since the start of the 2008 season. JGR's No. 20 & 18 teams have combined to win 48% of all Nationwide Series races during that time.
The Road America race will be broadcast to a national audience on ESPN2 at 2 PM CST with prerace coverage starting at 1:30 pm.
Chassis No. 2077: The chassis was last raced at Watkins Glen last summer with Joey Logano. It qualified in the sixth position but finished 33rd after accident on lap 69 ended its day early. The backup will be chassis No. 2055.
Meet the No. 20 Pizza Ranch Toyota Joe Gibbs Racing Team
Primary Team Members:
Driver: Matt DiBenedetto
Crew Chief: Kevin Kidd
Car Chief: Mike Sibley
Engine Builder: Mark Cronquist
Engine Tuner: Dan Bajak
Spotter: Joey Civali
Shock Specialist: Joel Weidman
Engineer: Mike Lorusso
Over-The-Wall Crew Members:
Gas Man: Ed Susan
Front Tire Changer: Nick Kryzmanich
Catch Can Man: Jeff Price
Front Tire Carrier: Mike Drake
Windshield: Mike Sibley
Rear Tire Changer: Matt Aschbrenner
Jack Man: Ben Chase
Rear Tire Carrier: Matt Tyrrell
Road Crew Members:
Truck Driver: George Hoult
Tire Specialist: Ryan Martin
Mechanic: Matt Aschbrenner Mechanic: Ben Chase