From JR Motorsports PR –
DRIVER: Ben Rhodes / No. 88 Alpha Energy Solutions Chevrolet
RACE: Road America 180 (45 laps / 182.16 miles)
TRACK: Road America
DATE: Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015
Quotes | Ben Rhodes
“Anytime that I get a good finish, like we had two weeks ago at Mid-Ohio, it gives me confidence heading into my next race. I feel like we had the speed at the Glen, but Mid-Ohio is where we finally put it together. Going into Road America, I feel that my strong points are going to be the fast corners where the car carries a lot of roll speed. I think that I will have to work on the slower corners of the race track to pick up speed and my braking zones will always have room for improvement.
“While I have never been to Road America, I ran it on iRacing and watched previous races to at least learn the track. I think Road America has an excellent mix of high and low speed corners with plenty of passing zones that will lend itself to fantastic racing!”
Notes | No. 88 Team
ROAD AMERICA FIRST-TIMER: This weekend marks Rhodes’s first trip to the 4.048-mile circuit, the longest track on the NASCAR schedule. His only experience with Road America has been on iRacing, where he’s turned virtual laps on the 14-turn course, and in watching tapes of previous races. However, he is gaining maximum roadracing experience this season, piloting the No. 88 Alpha Energy Chevrolet in all three road-course races on the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) schedule. In his two previous NXS road-racing events, Rhodes has earned one top-10 finish, which came at MidOhio in his most recent start for the No. 88 team.
MEET BEN: Rhodes will be participating in the NASCAR NXS Autograph Session on Friday, Aug. 28. at Road America. The session will take place from noon-12:45 p.m. ET in front of the media center. Wristbands will be handed out to the first 150 people in line.
CHASSIS SELECTION: The No. 88 team will unload with chassis No. 740 this weekend. The chassis has been driven by Rhodes in each of the road course races in 2015. It has also been in circulation since 2012 and has been raced 10 times with multiple JRM drivers on both road courses and short tracks.
ALPHA: Alpha Energy Solutions, Inc., based in Louisville, Ky., is the regional leader in delivering top quality commercial and industrial mechanical service to the Midwest. The company is scheduled to be Rhodes’ primary partner for all 10 of his races in 2015.
2015 SCHEDULE: Rhodes has completed six of his 10 scheduled races for JRM in 2015, earning two top-10 finishes. In addition to Road America, he will be behind the wheel of the No. 88 Chevrolet for Kentucky (Sept. 26), Dover (Oct. 3) and Homestead (Nov. 21).
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