Download the 2017 FedEx Racing press materials at http://www.fedexracing.com/presskit, including bios for Denny Hamlin, Mike Wheeler and Joe Gibbs Racing leadership, program highlights, statistics and the 2017 crew roster.
Denny Hamlin finished 35th in the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota in Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway after a blown tire sent the #11 into the wall, ending Hamlin's race and his chance to advance to the Championship 4 in the 2017 NASCAR Playoffs. Hamlin started Sunday's race in second and dropped back to third following the start, but he quickly refocused and took over the top spot after just 28 laps. He held onto the lead as Stage 1 wound down until a hard-charging Kyle Larson moved Hamlin back to second where he would finish the first segment to pick up nine stage points. Hamlin began Stage 2 as the leader following a fast stop by the FedEx crew, and he showed the field the strength of the #11 by leading every lap of the second segment, picking up the Stage 2 win and 10 additional points. Hamlin went on to lead a race-high 193 laps of the 312-lap race before being forced to retire from the race with only 37 laps remaining. Hamlin is now sixth in the NASCAR standings following Phoenix with only one race remaining this season.
The Series heads to Homestead-Miami Speedway for the 2017 season finale at the 1.5-mile south Florida oval. Hamlin is a two-time winner at the track and has led the field 213 circuits around the worn-out racing surface. He's collected four of his eight top-10 finishes at Homestead during his last four visits to the speedway, including a ninth-place finish during last year's season finale.
Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares:
This season, FedEx is tying the performance of the #11 FedEx Toyota on the track to its efforts to improve road safety through a new program, Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares, by donating $111 for each lap Hamlin leads and $11,000 for each race victory to Safe Kids Worldwide, a nonprofit working to protect kids on the road, at home and at play. FedEx will also contribute $111,000 to Safe Kids if the #11 team wins the 2017 NASCAR championship.
Denny led a race-high 193 laps during Sunday's race at Phoenix resulting in a $21,423 donation to Safe Kids Worldwide. To date, Denny has led 710 laps and captured two Cup Series wins, and FedEx has donated $100,810 to Safe Kids through the Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares program. Fans can track the total amount donated to date from the Delivering Laps for FedEx Cares program on the homepage of FedExRacing.com.
|Race||Ford Ecoboost 400|
|Date/Time||November 19/3 PM ET|
|Distance||267 Laps/400.5 Miles|
|Track Length||1.5 miles|
|2016 Winner||Jimmie Johnson|
|Average Start||23.0 (Started within top-10 in five of last six starts)|
Hamlin Conversation - HOMESTEAD-MIAMI:
"Obviously, we wish that we were heading to Homestead to contend for the Championship. Still, I can't say enough about my team and how hard they worked to put us in a good position to advance (in the Playoffs) last weekend by giving me one of the best cars I've had all season. Overall, we've had a very successful year together, and we've learned a lot that will help us moving forward. We've still got one more shot to win this year (at Homestead), and we're going to work as hard as we can to get it done."
FedEx Team Members Along for the Ride at Homestead:
FedEx is recognizing the hard work and dedication of their 400,000+ team members worldwide by having the letters "FDX" appear on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
FedEx Office – Closest to Homestead-Miami:
18755 S. Dixie Highway, Suite 57,
Miami, FL 33157
#11 FedEx Racing - 2017 Crew Roster
Crew Chief - Mike "Wheels" Wheeler
Car Chief - Leo Thorsen
Engineers - Ryan Bowers, Sam McAulay
Shock Specialist - Drew Bible
Tire Specialist - Kerry Ferris
Mechanics - Tony Hamm, Scott Eldridge, Sean Kerlin
Spotter - Chris Lambert
Front Tire Changer - Dustin Necaise
Front Tire Carrier - Brandon Pegram
Rear Tire Changer - Mike Hicks
Rear Tire Carrier - Ben Fischbeck
Jack Man - Nate Bolling
Gas Man - Caleb Hurd
Transportation - Frank Hodel