NEXT UP - SATURDAY NIGHT ACTION AT RICHMOND
Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Advance Notes
Race: Federated Auto Parts 400
Drivers: @jamiemcmurray @jpmontoya
Cars: No. 1 Cessna Chevrolet SS, No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS
Track: Richmond International Raceway
TV: ABC (7:30 p.m. ET)
Social: @EGRTeams #TeamGanassi #driveCessna
I BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW THAT
Richmond International Raceway: Prior to being reconfigured to at 3/4-mile D-shaped oval in 1988, Richmond International Raceway (RIR) was known as Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway from 1969-1988, prior to the Fall race in 1988 the track was a 1/2-mile oval.
Follow EGR on Twitter: Continue to follow 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 after his seventh-place finish at Atlanta – “Pretty happy with the day. Lost the balance halfway thru the race but got it back at the end.”
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
Chase is on: RIR is the final race to determine the 12-car field for the 2013 Chase to the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Only six drivers are locked into the Chase following last Sunday’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, leaving nine drivers to battle for the final six spots at RIR.
Jamie McMurray and No. 1 Cessna Team
Atlanta Recap: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) made a visit to Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS) for the annual Labor Day weekend visit and the next-to-last race before the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The No. 1 E-Z-GO Chevy SS rolled off from the 15th starting position and had a solid run all night racing among the top-10 throughout the race before closing the 325-lap race with an 11th-place finish.
McMurray at Richmond: Jamie McMurray has made 21 career NSCS starts at RIR. In those starts McMurray has three top-10 finishes, completed 7911 of 8409 (94.1%) laps and has an average start of 23.8 and average finish of 23.3. His best start of second came in September 2011 and a best finish of seventh in May 2009.
Double Duty: In addition to piloting the No. 1 Cessna Chevrolet SS this weekend at RIR in the Federated Auto Parts 400 on Saturday night, McMurray will also make his first NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) start of the 2013 season on Friday. McMurray will drive the No. 5 Nioxin Chevrolet Camaro for JR Motorsports in the Virginia 529 College Savings 250.
Last Chance Qualifier: Jamie McMurray, who is one of nine NSCS drivers not locked into the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup headed into Richmond, but is still eligible for a spot in the Chase, will take part in the Wild Card Contenders media availability and Fan Q&A on Thursday, Sept 5 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. ET. The event will take place at the RIR Amphitheater located outside turn one, near the midway.
Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Target Team
Atlanta Recap: Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS) hosted the annual Labor Day weekend race under the lights yesterday where 43 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) teams battled it out for 325-laps and endured ever changing track conditions. Team Target started in the third position, led the opening laps of the race and eventually crossed the finish line in the seventh position. The finish marked the third top-10 finish in the last four races for Team Target.
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Montoya at Richmond: Juan Pablo Montoya came very close to his first oval win the last time Team Target raced at RIR. Montoya led a season high 67-laps and was en route to a win until a late caution flag altered the outcome and the team finished fourth. He has 13 career NSCS starts at RIR with one pole award, one top-five and four top-10 finishes. His average starting position is 14.2 and average finishing position is 19.3.
A Look at the Last Four: Team Target has finished 11th or better over the course of the last four races (Watkins Glen – fifth, Michigan – 11th, Bristol – third and Atlanta – seventh). Montoya sits 19th in the NSCS point standings, the highest he’s been all season.
Hit the Bullseye: Be sure to stop by Target for all your race day supplies. Visit Target located at 5401 West Broad Street, Richmond, Va 23230 (804-285-3492) on your way to the track this weekend.
2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Starts Wins Poles Top 5s Top 10s Ave Start Ave Finish Pts. Pos./(Prev)
Jamie McMurray 25 0 1 1 5 16.8 17.2 16 /16
Juan Pablo Montoya 25 0 0 4 7 14.2 19.1 19/22
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Starts Wins Poles Top 5s Top 10s Ave Start Ave Finish
Jamie McMurray 391 6 9 42 104 19.4 19.3
Juan Pablo Montoya 242 2 9 24 58 18.1 19.8
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