Brandon Jones and the No. 33 Rain-X / Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro at Homestead-Miami Speedway
Jones will be making his first NASCAR XFINITY Series start at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend. He has one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at the 1.5-mile track in South Florida.
Rearview Mirror: Rookie Season
Jones’ first season in the XFINITY Series has been an overall success. Through the first 32 races of the season, the 19-year-old driver qualified for the inaugural XFINITY Series Chase, recorded 12 top-10 finishes, led 36 laps, completed 99.1 percent of the laps attempted and has finished every race.
About ITW Global Brands
ITW Global Brands specializes in servicing the auto aftermarket, selling car care products under the Rain-X, Black Magic, Gumout, Blue Coral, NOS, Slime, Permatex, Fast Orange, Genuine Innovations, and Fix A Flat brands. These brands compete in the wiper blade, appearance, tire repair and performance product segments of the aftermarket. For the last 40 years, Rain-X has provided drivers with products to help them outsmart the elements.
About Advance Auto Parts
Advance Auto Parts, Inc., a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers. As of April 23, 2016 Advance operated 5,086 stores and 125 Worldpac branches and serves approximately 1,300 independently owned Carquest branded stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada. Advance employs approximately 74,000 Team Members. Additional information about the Company, employment opportunities, customer services, and on-line shopping for parts, accessories and other offerings can be found on the Company’s website at AdvanceAutoParts.com.
You will be making your first XFINITY Series start at Homestead this weekend, but have experience in the NCWTS. What does it take to get around there with the progressive banking?
“Homestead-Miami Speedway is a different mile-and-a-half, that’s for sure. We struggled there some last year in the Truck Series, but there were a lot of factors that went into that. I am confident this year will be much better with RCR and the Rain-X / Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro. Homestead is just a completely different racetrack. It doesn’t have a tri-oval and isn’t D-shaped. It is almost like Dover, just bigger. That makes it a little bit different when you’re out there racing side-by-side, but that is what makes it fun to go to.”
Are you able to use the same set-ups in the car that were used at other mile-and-a-half tracks such as Kansas Speedway or Texas Motor Speedway?
“We are able to use something similar, but it won’t be the exact same since Homestead is such a unique mile-and-a-half track. I know the entire No. 33 crew will work hard at giving me the best Rain-X / Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet they can to finish the season out on a strong note.”
After Homestead we’re officially in the off-season. Do you have any big plans?
“We just recently got a town home in the Fort Lauderdale. Hopefully we’ll get to take some time and head down there after Homestead, maybe take a boat ride down to the Bahamas or something to hang out and unwind from the season. I love to fish, but I haven’t ever been deep sea fishing, so that is something I’m looking forward to doing.”