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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.

All-Star Recap: Hamlin Finishes Ninth in Charlotte

Denny Hamlin finished ninth in Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, sustaining right-side damage in the final segment after a brush with the wall thwarted the #11 FedEx Express Toyota's momentum in the event won by Joey Logano. See full post-race report

Coca-Cola 600 Preview

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Charlotte Motor Speedway for the year's longest race, the Coca-Cola 600, on Sunday, May 29, part of a packed Memorial Day Weekend motorsports calendar around the world. Denny Hamlin has five top-five finishes and 13 top-10 results in 21 career races at Charlotte, including a best finish of second in both races at the track in 2012. He finished eighth in the Coke 600 one year ago, and has led a total of 240 laps around the 1.5-mile oval. He will also compete in Saturday night's NASCAR Xfinity Series race for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Along for the Ride at Charlotte: North Harrisburg, PA.

For the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, FedEx Freight recognizes the company's North Harrisburg, Pa., service center by featuring the call letters "NHS" on the #11 FedEx Freight Toyota. The North Harrisburg service center opened in 1995 and has approximately 500 team members.

NASCAR Salutes

Hamlin's #11 FedEx Freight Toyota Camry will feature a special name on the windshield for this weekend's Coca-Cola 600. As part of the NASCAR Salutes: 600 Miles of Remembrance program, each Sprint Cup Series car will feature a fallen soldier. The #11 Camry will honor Marine Corps Sergeant John Davis Harvey, of Roanoke, Va., who was killed during an Iranian hostage rescue mission on April 25, 1980. Members of Harvey's family will be in attendance for Sunday's race. Additionally, Hamlin will visit Ft. Bragg, the U.S. Army post near Fayetteville, N.C., on Wednesday, May 25.

Race Info

Race Coca-Cola 600
Date/Time May 29/6:00 p.m. ET
Distance 400 laps/600 miles
Track Length 1.5 miles
Track Shape Oval
Banking 24 degrees
2015 Winner Carl Edwards

Hamlin Statistics

Track Charlotte Motor Speedway
Races 21
Wins 0
Top-5 5
Top-10 13
Average Start 11.9
Average Finish 12.8
Laps Led 240

Hamlin Conversation

How difficult is the Coke 600 from a physical standpoint and keeping up with changing track conditions?

"The Coke 600 is obviously very tough on both the drivers and the cars. It's a long race, so it'll be important to maintain hydration throughout the week in preparation for the four or five hours in the car. It looks like the weather will be pretty warm, which will make it hot inside the car. The race certainly will test the drivers' physical fitness. From a handling standpoint, you have to build a lot of adjustability in the car. The race starts during the afternoon and goes into the night, so the track will see big changes in terms of grip and handling. The first half of the race, you just try to keep enough speed to stay on the lead lap during the long green flag runs, knowing that you want your car to be at its best when the sun goes down for those last 100 or 150 laps."

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#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