Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Fast Facts: David Stremme

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David Stremme is a 10-year NASCAR veteran who currently drives the No. 30 Toyota Camry for Inception Motorsports in the Sprint Cup Series. Find out more about this native Hoosier in this week’s Fast Facts.
  • David Andrew Stremme was born June 19, 1977 in South Bend, Indiana. Stremme comes from a family of racers, including his great uncle, who raced in the 1950s, his father, his brother and his mother – in fact, he won his first race in 1993 at New Paris (IN) Speedway at age 15 in his mother’s street stock.
  • After honing his craft on the local short tracks, Stremme raced in the Kendall Late Model Series and the American Speed Association (ASA), where he was named Rookie of the Year in 2002. Without a substantial budget to work with, Stremme not only worked on the cars himself but often built them himself.
  • Stremme signed a driver development contract with Chip Ganassi and competed in his first Busch Series (now Nationwide Series) race in April 2003 at Nashville (TN) Superspeedway, starting 15th and finishing seventh. In spite of only competing in 18 of the 34 races on the schedule that season, Stremme was named the 2003 Busch Series Rookie of the Year.
  • Stremme spent 2004 and 2005 racing full-time in the Busch Series, finishing 10th and 13th in points, respectively, and compiling 24 top 10 finishes in 69 races. Ganassi moved Stremme up to the Sprint Cup Series full-time in 2006 and 2007, earning a career-best 24th-place finish in points and three top 10 finishes in 2007. The Ganassi partnership ended after the 2007 season, with Dario Franchitti replacing Stremme in the Cup Series.
  • Stremme returned to the Nationwide Series with Rusty Wallace Racing in 2008, finishing 11th in points in spite of not racing on the three scheduled road courses. In 2009, he returned to the Cup Series with Penske Racing, replacing Ryan Newman; he was released by Penske in November of that year, before the season ended, to make room for Brad Keselowski.
  • Stremme raced for Phoenix Racing and Latitude 43 Motorsports in the Cup Series before joining Inception Motorsports in 2011.
  • Find out more about David Stremme at his website.

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