Download the 2016 FedEx Racing press materials at www.fedexracing.com/presskit, including bios for Denny Hamlin, Mike Wheeler and Joe Gibbs Racing leadership, program highlights, statistics and the 2016 crew roster.
Denny Hamlin spun and hit the wall on Lap 220 of Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, causing extensive damage to the #11 FedEx Express Toyota and relegating the team to a 39th-place finish in the event won by Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch. Hamlin overcame an early-race pit road speeding penalty to drive from the tail end of the field up into the top-five nearing the halfway mark. Shortly after passing Brian Vickers for fifth-place and chasing down Jimmie Johnson, Hamlin lost control in Turn 1 and backed into the outside retaining wall. Hamlin started eighth and ran among the top-10 throughout the early going. During the team's first pit stop near Lap 100, Hamlin was caught speeding leaving pit road, and forced to restart at the back of the pack. He quickly worked through traffic to move back into contention before the spin. The finish dropped Hamlin five spots to ninth in the NASCAR standings following Martinsville, 48 points behind leader Kevin Harvick after six of 36 regular season races.
The Series heads to Texas Motor Speedway for Saturday night's 500-mile race on the fast, 1.5-mile Fort Worth oval, with Hamlin driving the #11 FedEx Office Toyota. Hamlin is a two-time Texas winner, sweeping both races at the track during his eight-win 2010 campaign. He owns 10 top-10 finishes in 20 career races at Texas, and has led 154 laps at the track. He finished 11th in this race one year ago.
|Race||Duck Commander 500|
|Date/Time||April 9/7:30 p.m. ET|
|Track||Texas Motor Speedway|
Where does the team's intermediate track program stack up heading into Texas this weekend?
"We have been a little up and down on the bigger tracks to start this season, but I think we have found some speed in the #11 FedEx Toyota. Texas is a big, fast track and racing under the lights will mean a lot of grip and the drivers asking for a lot of horsepower. It's a long race, but we have to make sure we minimize mistakes to keep our track position for the end."
Southern California Sales Team Along for the Ride in Texas
The FedEx Office sales team in southern California, a leading team in the company's President's Club program, will be recognized with its "7387" code numbers on the b-post of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota this weekend at Texas.
FedEx Office – Closest to Texas Motor Speedway
8509 Davis Blvd.
North Richland Hills, TX 76180
#11 FedEx Racing - 2016 Crew Roster
Crew Chief - Mike "Wheels" Wheeler
Car Chief - Leo Thorsen
Engineers - Matt Beckman, Sam McAuley
Shock Specialist - Drew Bible
Tire Specialist - Kerry Ferris
Mechanics - Troy Welty, John Furino, Sean Kerlin
Spotter - Chris Lambert
Front Tire Changer: Dustin Necaise
Front Tire Carrier: Brandon Pegram
Rear Tire Changer: Mike Hicks
Rear Tire Carrier: Heath Cherry
Jack Man: Nate Bolling
Gas Man: Caleb Hurd
Pit Crew Coordinator: Paul Alepa
Athletic Director: Mike Lepp
Transportation - Frank Hodel, David Ott