Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Revs Into Michigan
Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Advance Notes
Race: Quicken Loans 400 on June 16, 2013
Drivers: @jamiemcmurray @jpmontoya
Cars: No. McDonald`s Chevrolet SS, No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS
Track: Michigan International Speedway (2 mile oval), Brooklyn, Mich.
TV: TNT (1 p.m. ET)
Social: @EGRTeams #TeamGanassi
I BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW THAT
Did you know? – About 20 percent of the guests at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) are from Canada: and nearly 30 percent of their guests are brand new to NASCAR.
Happy Father’s Day: Sunday is not only race day at MIS; it’s also Father’s Day. McMurray and Montoya will have their families with them at the race track this weekend to help celebrate the special day.
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 2013 season by following “@EGRTeams”.
TWEET OF THE WEEK
?@jpmontoya following the Pocono race - “Shame we didn't finished as good as we were running. The @Target car was fast again. Was fun recovering at the end.”
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
Jamie McMurray and No. 1 McDonald`s Team
Pocono Recap: For the third time in just 14 races in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) season, qualifying was cancelled due to rain. Teams lined-up for the start of the Party in the Poconos 400 based on 2013 NSCS car owner points. Jamie McMurray would start the Banana Boat Chevy SS from the 22nd position. After racing among the top-20 throughout the 160-lap race, the No. 1 team benefitted from pit strategy and several cautions in the closing laps to bring home a 13th-place finish.
McMurray at Michigan: In 20 previous starts at MIS, McMurray has earned one top-five, four top-10s and led 15 laps. He has an average start of 24.6 and an average finish of 19. His best start is second in 2010, while his best finish is fourth in 2004.
Rock and Race: Jamie McMurray will stop by the McDonald’s Rock and Race Concert stage on Saturday, June 15 to introduce the opening act, Tony Lucca, for the post-race concert featuring Finger Eleven. Lucca, who was the “Team Adam” finalist on NBC’s hit television show “The Voice” will open the concert and hand it off to Finger Eleven. The free and always popular post-race concert in Lot 10 will begin shortly after the Alliance Truck Parts 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race. The concert is free to anyone with an Alliance Truck Parts 250 race ticket, an infield wristband or an APEX wristband.
Take it to the House: Thursday, June 12 Jamie McMurray will visit the Ronald McDonald House in Ann Arbor, Mich. to make a $5,000 donation to the house’s “Hope Away from Home” campaign. The campaign focuses on the renovation and refurbishment of the Ronald McDonald House of Ann Arbor. Funds from McMurray’s donation will be used for the complete refurnishing of a bedroom at the House. Ronald McDonald Houses provide a “home-away-from-home” for millions of families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost so families can afford the best care, regardless of location. The program allows families to stay together, helping their children heal faster and cope better.
Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Target Team
Pocono Recap: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams battled against weather, long green flag runs and changing track conditions over the weekend at Pocono Raceway. Team Target had an additional hurdle as they had to overcome a late race spin and drive back up through the field with less than 30 laps remaining in the race. Juan Pablo Montoya would gain 11 spots and cross the finish line in the 14th position.
Montoya at Michigan: In 12 starts at MIS, Montoya has completed 2,261 laps out of 2,410 laps possible or 93.8%. He has earned three top-10 finishes and has an average starting and finishing position of 18.3 and 22.2, respectively. Montoya’s highest start is third (fall 2009) and highest finish is sixth (spring 2009).
Coming Home: Rear tire changer, Chris McMullen grew up not too far away from MIS. Chris’ hometown in Canton, Mich. is approximately an hour northeast of the race track. Chris got his start in racing eight years ago when he came to N.C. for a tryout on a NASCAR Nationwide Series team and landed the job.
99 Wins and Counting …: The Target Racing program, which began with Target and Chip Ganassi Racing in 1990, is just one win shy of the 100-win plateau. The first win for the program came in 1994 with Michael Andretti’s Indy car victory at Surfers Paradise, Australia when the team was just a two-car open wheel program. The partnership between Target and Chip Ganassi Racing is one of the longest consecutive team partnerships in motor racing history.
Hit the Bullseye: Need something for the track and in a bind, check out your local Target stores at 1076 Jackson Xing Jackson, Mich, 49202 (517) 788-3900 or 2000 Waters Rd Ann Arbor, Mich, 48103 (734) 996-0700.
WHO TO CONTACT
Jeff Dowling No.1 email@example.com (704) 906-8182
Shayna Keller No.42 firstname.lastname@example.org (704) 902-8381
2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Starts Wins Poles Top 5s Top 10s Ave Start Ave Finish Pts. Pos./(Prev)
Jamie McMurray 14 0 0 0 3 16.4 18.3 19/19
Juan Pablo Montoya 14 0 0 2 3 16.9 20.1 22/22
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Starts Wins Poles Top 5s Top 10s Ave Start Ave Finish
Jamie McMurray 380 6 8 41 102 19.4 19.4
Juan Pablo Montoya 231 2 9 22 54 18.4 19.9
Max Jones – Team Manager
John Probst – Technical Director
No. 1 (NSCS) Hometown Hometown
Crew Chief: Kevin Manion Boylston, MA Rear Tire Changer: Jeremy Fuller Newnan, GA
Chief Mechanic: Rich Lavalette Agawam, MA Rear Tire Carrier: Doug Riepe Danbury , CT
Front Tire Changer: Bryan Jacobsen Honesdale, PA Gas Man: Benjy Grubbs Richmond, VA
Front Tire Carrier: Brett Morrell Windham, ME Spotter: Lorin Ranier Prestonsburg, KY
Jack Man: Mitch Lash Salisbury, NC
No. 42 (NSCS) Hometown Hometown
Crew Chief: Chris Heroy Angola, IN Rear Tire Changer: Chris McMullen Canton, MI
Chief Mechanic: David Bryant Concord, NC Rear Tire Carrier: Chip Goode Statesville, NC
Front Tire Changer: Dennis Terry Mooresboro, NC Gas Man: Ed Watkins Richmond, VA
Front Tire Carrier: Bob Dowens Holmdel, NJ Spotter: Derek Kneeland Windham, ME
Jack Man: Mark Jacobs Fort Walton Beach, FL
ONE TEAM, SIX CARS, THREE SERIES
Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 25 years and is considered one of the most successful as well as innovative owners the sport has anywhere in the world. Today his teams include three cars in the IZOD IndyCar Series, two cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and one Daytona Prototype in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. Overall his teams have 15 championships and over 150 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400 and five Rolex 24 At Daytonas. Ganassi boasts state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis and Brownsburg, Ind. and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh, Penn.
For more information log onto: www.earnhardtganassi.com