EGR GEARS UP FOR SEASON FINALE AT HOMESTEAD
Homestead-Miami Speedway Advance Notes
Race: Ford EcoBoost 400 on Sunday, Nov. 18
Track: Homestead-Miami Speedway (1.5-mile oval)
Location: Homestead, Fla.
Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Media Contacts at Homestead-Miami Speedway
Jeff Dowling No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats 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: 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.
K&N Pro Series East Champion to run Homestead Truck Series Race: The 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Champion Kyle Larson will make his fourth start in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) this Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Larson will drive the No. 4 Chevrolet Silverado for Turner Motorsports with sponsorship from Thermo Scientific.
Jamie McMurray and No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Team
McMurray at Homestead-Miami: In McMurray’s Sprint Cup career, he has made 10 starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In those races, he has scored one top-five, and three top-10 finishes, and has an average start of 15.5. He has one pole award at the speedway in 2003. He has completed 2,655 laps (99.3%) of a possible 2,675 laps run at the track. McMurray has been running at the finish in nine of his ten races. His best career finish came in the 2008 season finale where he finished third.
Phoenix Recap: The Bass Pro Shops team started 18th on the one-mile tri-oval race track and would immediately battle with the balance of the No. 1 Chevrolet. The crew worked hard to improve the drivability of the Bass Pro Shops car, but the long, green flag runs during the middle of the race didn’t allow adequate time for major adjustments. In the closing laps, McMurray dodged multiple incidents of on-track melee and brought the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Allstate Chevrolet to the checkered flag for a 23rd-place finish.
Going to Bass Pro: Be sure to stop by the Miami Bass Pro Shops store before you head to the race track this weekend. Designed with a sunken motif, the Miami location features a 19,000 gallon super aquarium packed to the gills with native salt water species. Bass Pro Shops is located at 11551 Northwest 12th Street Miami, FL 33172
Hot Rods and Reels: Jamie McMurray will participate in the Hot Rods and Reels Fishing Tournament on Saturday morning on the infield lake at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The tournament is a fundraiser for the Darrell Gwynn Foundation to support their mission to provide for people with paralysis and prevent spinal cord injuries. The foundation’s primary support program is its national Wheelchair Donation Program. With this program the Darrell Gwynn Foundation has donated custom built wheelchairs to hundreds of individuals in need.
Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Target Team
Home Sweet Home: Juan Pablo Montoya will return home to close out the 2012 season this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Not only do the Montoya’s call Miami home, this weekend’s start will mark six years since Montoya climbed behind the wheel of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car. In his inaugural race, Montoya started 27th and finished 31st.
Homestead History: Montoya has made six starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway during his Sprint Cup Career. He has completed 94.3% of the laps run (1,512 of 1,603) at Homestead since his first start. His best start came in the 2008 season finale where he started 11th, and best finish came in 2007 where he finished 15th.
About Phoenix: The AdvoCare 500 proved to be an exciting race on and off the track over the weekend. Race fans saw eight caution flags and some retaliation between drivers as the Chase competition heated up. Juan Pablo Montoya started midfield and quickly played on pit strategy making two-tire stops in the opening laps of the race. The No. 42 Target Chevrolet ran as high as third and was displayed within the top-15 for the majority of the race. In the closing laps, Montoya was able to avoid multiple late race accidents and bring the Target Chevrolet home in a solid 12th-place finish.
Milestone Six Year: This weekend, Montoya has approached his sixth full year in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS). To date, Montoya has 216 starts, racked up two wins (Sonoma 2007 and Watkins Glen 2010), 20 top-fives, 51 top-10s and nine poles. He has an average start of 18.5and an average finish of 19.9 and has led 986 laps.
Target Tailgate: Target will host the largest tailgating party in town from 11:30am to 2:00pm, engaging up to 1,000 NASCAR fans with free food along with appearances and demonstrations by Juan Pablo Montoya and his No. 42 racecar. The tailgate will feature complementary food prepared using Target products and a live DJ providing music and entertainment. Numbered wristbands will be distributed to the guests, giving them each a chance to win pit passes, Target Racing autographed merchandise, Target gift cards and other great prizes.
BeLive 2012: Formula Smiles, a foundation created by Juan Pablo Montoya and wife Connie Freydell, will be one of the organizations represented in the sixth annual BeLive gala this week in Miami. The BeLive gala will take place on Friday, November 16 at JW Marriott Marquis, Miami. BeLive is joined by four important Colombian non-profit organizations, based in the U.S.: Give to Colombia, Formula Smiles, Genesis Foundation and ArtNexus Foundation, which have joined forces to raise much-needed funds and create awareness within the international community of the dire social needs in Colombia. BeLive will have a spectacular concert, cocktails, sumptuous dinner, live entertainment, fun fashion show and much more.
No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #1104. Crew Chief Kevin “Bono” Manion and the No.1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats team will be bringing Chassis #1104 to Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend. This chassis was previously run at Kansas, Bristol and Dover this season.
No. 42 Target Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #1221. Crew Chief Chris “Shine” Heroy and the No. 42 Target Team are bringing chassis #1221 to Homestead this weekend. This chassis is new and has not seen any track time.