No. 43 Valvoline Ford Fusion
AJ Allmendinger on Auto Club Speedway: "I'm excited to get to the racetrack every week these days and the fact that we are headed to California is just an added bonus for me. I always enjoy the opportunity to go home to California and have the chance to see friends and family even in the limited amount of time that we have available. More importantly though, I get to get back in the No. 43 Ford Fusion and see what we can do.
"I think we've begun to turn a corner in the past month or so. We run much more consistently each weekend and even when we start off a little behind the eight ball like we did last week in Kansas, we are able to make better decisions in regards to what to do to make the car better throughout the course of the weekend and during the race. I'm really proud of my team and how far we've come this year. We have really high hopes for what we can accomplish together during these last seven races of the season. Everything we do now is only going to make the program for next year even stronger. This No. 43 team still has things to improve upon in order for us to be a force to be reckoned with every week, but people know we're there week in and week out and that's a step in the right direction."
Crew Chief Mike Shiplett's Thoughts on Fontana: "You can move around a lot at that track. California is a really wide track and there are three or four different lines you can take and move around in to help the car out if you need to. It's a big momentum track to so you need to be able to get in and off the corners well so you have good momentum getting onto the long straightaways."
Chassis History: The No. 43 RPM team led by crew chief Mike Shiplett has prepared chassis No. 276 for this weekend's event at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. This chassis was most recently run at the second event at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway and has also been utilized at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.
Credit - Richard Petty Motorsports PR