For Immediate Release: February 20, 2008
#4 JVC Chevy Race Report for the NASCAR Nationwide Series Camping World 300 at DaytonaQuick Stats
Race & Distance: Daytona, Florida
Type of Track: 2.5 mile paved
Time of Race: 1 hours, 56 minutes, 46 seconds
Number of cautions: 4 for 12 laps
Number of entries: 53
Starting field: 43
#4 JVC Chevy position in practice: 30th
#4 JVC Chevy starting position: 37th
#4 JVC Chevy highest position obtained during the race: 31st
#4 JVC Chevy finishing position: 31stRobert Richardson Jr. and the #4 JVC Chevy Finishes 31st at Daytona
What a great weekend of racing and media exposure for the #4 JVC Chevy in Daytona. The team arrived in Daytona late on Tuesday February 14th just in time to start preparing for the busy race weekend ahead. Wednesday morning shortly after the garage opened, the JRR Team shifted our focus to practice later on that afternoon. Robert and the #4 JVC Chevy was a bit tight early on in practice, but found a groove drafting during practice after the JRR Crew made a few adjustments to the car. “We were a bit tight early on Wednesday, but the car drafted really well and felt balanced as the session moved along,” said driver Robert Richardson Jr. The #4 JVC Chevy ran a total of seventeen laps during the NASCAR Nationwide Series first practice session on Wednesday and put a lap time down of 49.776 seconds.
Thursday morning started off on the right foot, with the JRR Team and the #4 JVC Chevy picking up some speed while also avoiding some trouble during the Nationwide Series final practice runs. We only ran six laps during the session, but had a good little run drafting in a group of cars and ran .6 tenths of a seconds faster than our previous best time. Robert and the #4 JVC Chevy also avoided trouble stemming from a wreck caused by some leads cars in the drafting group we were running with during practice. ESPN2 carried live coverage of the event and you could clearly see it all unfold in front of the #4 JVC Chevy. Robert stated “Now that was fun! Coming out of the turn, listening to the spotter, driving right through the smoke, coming out clean on the other end and that is what racing is all about.” After the close call during happy hour the JRR Team decided to bring the #4 JVC Chevy into the garage and called it a day. Later on that evening Robert was on live radio talking about the upcoming Camping World 300, while attending the JRR private party at the Ocean Vistas Resort on Daytona Beach.
The JRR Team awoke Friday with one thing in mind, qualifying. The car went through tech without a hitch and Robert was ready to take the Ruby Red Everio Gem colored #4 JVC Chevy out on the track for some official laps on the famous Daytona Super Speeday. “I am excited to show off the new car and ready to go run a couple of clean laps during qualifying. We know we have a pretty good race set-up and we are locked in come race day, so I am going to go out there and run as fast as I can, but at the same time keep it off the wall” said driver Robert Richardson Jr. Robert ended up posting a time of 50.999 seconds, putting the #4 JVC Chevy 37th for the Start of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Camping World 300. By the end of qualifying ten teams had to go home due to lack of speed and would not be racing on Saturday.
Saturday morning was upon us and it was time to get ready for some racing in Daytona, but first we had a quick photo shoot with Robert and the car to be put on JVC packaging in select retail stores. During ESPN2’s coverage of pre-race driver introduction activities, the luck of the draw had the #4 JVC Everio pit box in plain site live on screen multiple times. After introductions and the singing of the "The Star Spangled Banner" it was time to start those engines. Just as each driver fired’em up Jay Robinson stated “this is a race of attrition and patience, but also a race you still have to go out there and take in the end.”
At the start of the NASCAR Nationwide Camping World 300 the #4 JVC Chevy sat in 37th position as the green flag dropped. Early on taking advantage of every opportunity given, Robert marched forward through the field a couple of positions. Shortly after making some strides forward Robert had to fight some tightness in the #4 JVC Chevy especially coming out of turns three and four until we were able to make our first pit stop of the day. On lap thirty-three radio communication between driver, spotter and crew chief had the #4 Chevy making the pits on lap thirty-seven. Sure enough on the lap determined the #4 JVC Chevy came in for the first scheduled pit stop of the race for a slight adjustment, tires and a full load of gas. As Robert was coming in the #1 car driven by Johnny Sauter which was in the pit box to our immediate right, was just leaving his pit and Robert could not stop the #4 JVC Chevy in time causing a jam between the two cars. Robert quickly hit the gas to clear way for the #1 car to get back on the track, but the burn out caused Robert to propel the #4 Chevy past the JVC pit area and now had to throw it in reverse. The crew jumped the pit wall to help Robert back into our area and quickly started working on the car to get it back to racing. Unfortunately the damage was done and by the time the situation was diffused we were already a lap down and the #4 JVC Chevy had the lead pack breathing down our neck as soon as we got up to speed. “If I had to do it all over again I would have slid in behind him, but unfortunately things like that happen in racing and I don’t know if I ever could have reacted fast enough,” said driver Robert Richardson Jr. The silver lining, maybe even platinum lining in the pit road trouble was that ESPN2 replayed the incident three times and NASCAR.COM had the replay of the event on the homepage for a good portion of the race giving JVC a enormous amount of exposure that many sponsors wish they could obtain.
Once we got settled in a good groove out on the race track, Robert drove the #4 JVC Chevy like a seasoned pro, avoiding a number of crashes throughout the race and slowly plugging his way back up the field. We had some misfortunes during the race, putting us some laps down, but the JRR Team and crew kept fighting. The #4 JVC Ruby Red Gem colored Chevy continued to run consistently around 30th to 35th position for the remainder of the Camping World 300. Ultimately, Robert did a great job staying focused and was able to work the #4 JVC Chevy up the field a few more positions and finished in 31st place at Daytona International Speedway. “I just wish we could have done better for our sponsor JVC. I know if we had avoided the pit mishap we would have been right in the thick of things with twenty or so laps to go, but that’s racing for you. I am just thankful to have JVC with me in Daytona and I look forward to the relationship as we move on to California,” said Driver of the #4 JVC Chevy Robert Richardson Jr.
Overall it was a tremendous weekend on and off the track in Daytona for the JRR Team. We would like to thank everyone at JVC and all who support the JRR family. Thanks to all for a great weekend!About JVC Company of America
JVC Company of America, headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Victor Company of Japan Ltd., and a holding company for JVC companies located in North and South America. JVC distributes a complete line of video and audio equipment, including high definition displays, camcorders, DVD players and recorders, home and portable audio equipment, mobile entertainment products and recording media. For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at http://www.jvc.com or call 800-526-5308.
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