Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Heads to Daytona for Coke Zero 400
Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Advance Notes
Race: Coke Zero 400
Drivers: @jamiemcmurray @jpmontoya
Cars: No. 1 Cessna Chevrolet SS, No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS
Track: Daytona International Speedway
TV: TNT (7:30 p.m. ET)
Social: @EGRTeams #TeamGanassi,
I BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW THAT
Daytona Rising: Daytona international Speedway will be breaking ground on its new $375 million multiyear project on July 5, 2013. The plans are to enhance the fan experience from the entrances to creating 11 neighborhoods that will allows fans to socialize during the races without missing any of the action on the track. Front stretch seating will be replaced with wider more comfortable seats.
Salute to the Troops: As part of the final week of the NASCAR: An American Salute platform, NASCAR and the Armed Forces Foundation will welcome a group of sailors who serve aboard the Guided-Missile Cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) and their families at Daytona International Speedway. The Troops to the Track program — a season-long initiative that honors members of the military for their services and treats them to customized experiences at a NASCAR race. Fans, industry partners, teams, tracks and drivers can continue to salute the military by sending messages of gratitude at-track using NASCAR: An American Salute/A Million Thanks drop-boxes, at NASCAR.com/Salutes and by using #NASCARSalutes on Instagram and Twitter.
Halfway There: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (EGR) drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Jamie McMurray are coming to the halfway point of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) season. Montoya has scored two top-five and three top-10 finishes so far and is sitting 23rd in the NSCS points. McMurray has one pole, one top-five and four top-10 finishes. He is currently 19th in the NSCS points.
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
@No1Bono, crew chief on the No. 1 team, “Bono” Manion after the Kentucky race –“Well deserved finish for @jamiemcmurray and @EGRTeams. When it was go time, Jamie went….thank u”
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
Jamie McMurray and No. 1 Cessna Team
Kentucky Recap: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) made just their third trip to the Bluegrass State and the 1.5 mile Kentucky Speedway. The No. 1 team had a very strong car throughout the weekend. Following a postponement because of rain from Saturday night’s scheduled race, McMurray started from the 23rd position Sunday afternoon and drove the Hellmann’s Chevy SS to an impressive second-place finish, his first top-five finish of the 2013 season.
Special Awards: No. 1 team crew chief, Kevin “Bono” Manion received the MOOG "Problem Solver of the Race" Award from the Quaker State 400 last weekend at Kentucky Speedway after McMurray picked up 22 positions to finish second. The award is given to the crew chief that improves the most from the first half of the race to the second half of the race utilizing the 40 best lap times. Jamie McMurray also picked up the Freescale "Wide Open" Award, given to the eligible driver that is the most aggressive during the final 20% of the race, measured by having the throttle “wide open” the greatest amount of time, and finishes in the Top 5. (NASCAR will download this data from the ECU during post-race inspection).
McMurray at Daytona: McMurray has made 21 career NSCS starts at the 2.5 mile high-banked tri-oval at Daytona International Speedway (DIS). He has four top-10, three top-five and two victories at the famed “World Center of Racing”, including the 2010 Daytona 500. McMurray has completed 3375 of a possible 3705 (91.9%) laps of completion. His best start was sixth (2006) and best finish of first-place twice (July 2007 and February 2010)
Stars and Stripes: The No. 1 Cessna Chevy SS will carry a patriotic stars and stripes paint scheme this weekend to commemorate the July 4 Independence Day holiday and the celebration of our nation’s birthday 237th birthday.
Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Target Team
Kentucky Recap: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) teams battled against Mother Nature over the weekend as the Saturday night race was postponed until Sunday afternoon due to rain. Juan Pablo Montoya and Team Target started in the 10th position and battled handling and track position throughout the day to finish in 16th-place.
Montoya at Daytona: Montoya has 13 NSCS career starts at DIS which includes four top-10 finishes. His average starting and finishing position is 19.3 and 23.0, respectively. He has completed 2192 out of the 2350 possible laps at the superspeedway (93.3%). His best start was seventh (Daytona 500 this year) and best finish of sixth (February 2011).
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: Leave something at home and need it in a pinch there’s no need to worry Target has all of your race day essentials stop on by one of these local targets by the track at 2380 W International Speedway Blvd. Daytona Beach, FL, 32114-1116 (386) 257-4778 or at 1771 Dunlawton Ave Port Orange, FL, 32127-4757 (386) 322-1348
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 17 0 1 1 4 16.6 18.6 19/21
Juan Pablo Montoya 17 0 0 2 3 15.8 20.7 23/23
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Starts Wins Poles Top 5s Top 10s Ave Start Ave Finish
Jamie McMurray 383 6 9 42 103 19.4 19.4
Juan Pablo Montoya 234 2 9 22 54 18.3 20.0
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