EGR GEARS UP FOR PHOENIX ADVOCARE 500
Race: AdvoCare 500 (3:00 p.m. EST. ESPN)
Track: Phoenix International Speedway (One-Mile Oval)
Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Media Contacts at Phoenix International Raceway
Trisha Vance No. 1 Bass Pro Shop/ Allstate Chevrolet
Shayna Keller No. 42 Target Chevrolet
Follow EGR on Twitter: Continue to follow Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (EGR) on their official team Twitter page. Find in-race updates and weekly news on the No. 1 and No. 42 teams throughout the 2012 season by following “@EGRTeams”.
There’s an App for that: Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) and SapientNitro SM recently re-launched an updated mobile application, which is one of the first for the high-velocity world of racing. The application brings fans updated driver and event information, and exclusive content in one centralized and expansive mobile experience, bringing to life the rich heritage and legendary success of CGRT. The unique mobile application conveys the high-octane rush of the racing experience for a team that competes at the highest levels in three series – the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS), IZOD IndyCar Series and GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. Click here to visit the iTunes Application store and download the CGRT mobile app.
Championship Drive: EGR development driver Kyle Larson will compete this Friday in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Phoenix International Raceway. Larson will drive the No. 4 Chevy Silverado for Turner Motorsports, branded with EGR social and digital media assets, including: @EGRTeams, EarnhardtGanassi.com and the Chip Ganassi Racing Teams mobile application. Last Saturday, the rookie driver from Elk Grove, Calif. clinched his first NASCAR Championship by winning the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East title at Rockingham Speedway.
Chevrolet Wins Manufactures’ Championship: For the fourth time in history, Chevrolet has captured the Manufacturers’ Championship Award in all three NASCAR National Touring Series. Chevrolet has accomplished the feat of winning the three titles in 1996, 1998, 2005 and now in 2012.
EGR at Phoenix: Dating back to 2001, EGR drivers have led 105 laps, accumulating two top-five, five top-10 and 10 top-15 finishes.
JAMIE MCMURRAY AND THE NO. 1 BASS PRO SHOPS/ ALLSTATE TEAM
Texas Recap: Following the two practice sessions on Saturday afternoon at Texas Motor Speedway, the No. 1 team felt that they had made progress on the race day set-up for McMurray. The biggest concern for Sunday’s 335-lap race might have been long green-flag runs similar to the spring race at Texas, where the caution was displayed only twice, including a 234 lap green-flag run to the end. Such was not the case on Sunday as the race was slowed by caution nine times for 49 laps. Fortunately, as the racing action heated up the McDonald’s team was able to avoid any mishaps. The team capitalized on the opportunity to make adjustments to the car under the caution periods and keep McMurray in contention for a lead-lap finish in the closing laps.
McMurray at Phoenix: McMurray has made 18 starts at Phoenix International Raceway. In those 18 starts, the driver of the No. 1 Chevrolet has accumulated one top-five, two top-10 finishes. McMurray has completed 5,294 out of a possible 5,686 laps (93%) with a total of 29 laps led. He has an average start and finish position of 16.2 and 21.8, respectively. His best start at the mile oval was second in 2008.
Pass and Go: During his last visit to Phoenix International Raceway in March, McMurray made 47 green flag passes.
Speedway Stats: At speedways (1-2 mile tracks) McMurray has 176 starts, collecting three poles, 20 top-five and 47 top-10 finishes. McMurray has led a total of 841 laps at speedways, including 29 laps led at Phoenix International Raceway.
Drop a Line at Bass Pro Shops: Jamie McMurray will make a special appearance at the Mesa, Ariz. Bass Pro Shops store this Thursday at 6:00 p.m. to meet fans and sign autographs. The Mesa Bass Pro Shops store is located at 1133 North Dobson Road Mesa, Ariz. 85201 (602-606-5600).
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA AND NO. 42 TARGET TEAM
Texas Recap: The HUGGIES® team qualified in the 25th position and focused on handling in the early laps of the 500-mile race. On lap 120, bad luck would strike as Montoya tried to avoid an incident in front of him and turned left into the grass where he hit something. The damage to the front of the car would be significant as the HUGGIES® Chevy came to the garage for repairs and returned to the track 56 laps down. When the checkered flag waved, Montoya was credited with a 34th-place finish.
Montoya at Phoenix: Montoya looks to make his 12th start this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway. In his previous 11 starts he has led 104 laps and earned one top-five, and two top-10 finishes. Montoya has completed 3,492 out of a possible 3,499 (99%). His best start was fifth previously this year; and he earned his best finish of fifth in 2010. The driver of the No. 42 Chevrolet has an average starting position of 20.3 and an average finishing position of 16.5 at Phoenix International Raceway.
Pass ‘Em All: During the last race at Phoenix International Raceway, Montoya completed 75 green flag passes.
Speedway Stats: In his NSCS career, Montoya has competed in 103 speedway races. In those events, he has accumulated two poles, nine top-five, 17 top-10 finishes, and has led 336 laps at track.
Race Day with Juan: Juan Pablo Montoya and Homestead-Miami Speedway teamed up this summer to offer fans a special package benefiting the Formula Smiles Foundation. The package includes a ticket to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship race, an exclusive Q&A session with Miami's own Juan Pablo Montoya, pre-race pit pass, Juan Pablo Montoya commemorative hat and raffle prizes. Call (305-230-5255) to buy your package today!
Hit the Bullseye: Be sure to stop by Target for all your race-day supplies. Visit Target just nine miles from Phoenix International Raceway, located at 1515 N. Litchfield Rd. Goodyear, AZ 85395. Call ahead and make sure they have what you need at (623) 935-3510.
No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/ Allstate Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #1222: Crew Chief Kevin “Bono” Manion and the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Allstate team will bring Chassis #1222 to Phoenix International Raceway this weekend. This chassis has raced only once previously, just two weeks ago at Martinsville Speedway, finishing 17th.
No. 42 Target Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #122: Crew Chief Chris “Shine” Heroy and the No. 42 Target team will bring Chassis #1220 to Phoenix International Raceway this weekend. This chassis will make its season debut this weekend in Phoenix.