EGR REVS UP FOR MICHIGAN
Michigan International Speedway Advance Notes
Race: Pure Michigan 400 on Sunday, August 19
Track: Michigan International Speedway (2.0-mile oval)
Location: Brooklyn, Mich.
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”.
EGR at Michigan: EGR has made 45 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) starts at Michigan, earning one win with Sterling Marlin (2001), four top-five and nine top-10 finishes. In those 45 starts, EGR has completed 10,460 laps out of a possible 11,135 or 93.9 percent, and has led 213 laps. In four ARCA starts at Michigan, EGR has two victories, Mears (2003) and Sorenson (2004).
Michigan Makeover: There have been significant changes to racing at Michigan International Speedway, along with a new surface; Goodyear has developed a new tire for the track. EGR tested twice at Michigan this year, and has raced there once this season earning a 14th-place finish from McMurray and an eighth-place finish from Montoya.
Goodyear Continues “Gives Back” Program to Support Our Troops: Goodyear is continuing the momentum of this special program at Michigan International Speedway this weekend. On Thursday, they are teaming up with the VFW and local volunteers, family and friends of deployed Michigan troops to pack 5,000 care packages which will be sent to troops overseas. In addition, they'll be onsite at the track with a large display where fans can learn more about this program, get involved, or even drop a NASCAR tire on the giant Plinko board. Fundraising continues through the end of the month, with all proceeds going to Support Our Troops to help military and their families. Check out the auction featuring unique autographed Support Our Troops tires and motorsports memorabilia and learn more at www.Goodyear.com/GivesBack.
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 – 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.
JAMIE MCMURRAY AND THE NO. 1 BASS PRO SHOPS/MERCURY TEAM
McMurray on Twitter: Catch the latest from the driver of the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Mercury Chevrolet by following McMurray’s personal Twitter account, @JamieMcMurray.
Watkins Glen Review: From the drop of the green flag, Jamie McMurray would keep the McDonald’s Chevrolet running strong, never falling more than two spots back from his 10th-place starting position. He radioed that the car needed a little more rear grip and the crew prepared to make adjustments on the first pit stop. Just two laps before the first scheduled stop, McMurray cut a left front tire sending him into the fence and ending the hopes of a strong finish for the McDonald’s team.
Previously at Michigan: McMurray qualified his No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet 19th and reported that the car was very loose early in the race. After making major adjustments on two competition cautions, McMurray was able to battle to finish 14th.
McMurray at Michigan: In his 19 starts at Michigan, McMurray boasts one top-five, four top-10 and 12 top-20 finishes. McMurray has completed 3,591 laps of a possible 3,738 laps, or 96.1 percent, and has led 15 laps. His best start was second in the spring of 2010, and his best finish was fourth in the summer of 2004. McMurray has an average start of 24.7 and an average finish of 19.2 at Michigan.
Green Monster: McMurray ranks first in the number of green flag passes in the last 15 races at Michigan, passing 1,333 cars under green flag conditions. This is 101 more passes than second-place driver, Kevin Harvick.
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA AND THE NO. 42 TARGET TEAM
Montoya on Twitter: Catch the latest from the driver of the No. 42 Target Chevrolet by following Montoya’s personal Twitter account, @jpmontoya.
Watkins Glen Review: The green flag dropped Sunday afternoon for the Finger Lakes 355 and Montoya dropped one position to second place. Over the course of the next 15 laps, the top-three would pull away from the field. When the first caution flag flew on lap 27, the Target Chevrolet came down pit road for fuel, tires and minor adjustments. Montoya won the race off pit road under the caution period, however just three laps later he reported that something had broken on the front of the car, forcing the team to the garage for lengthy repairs. The No. 42 would return to the race 25 laps later and finish out the day in the 33rd-position.
Previously at Michigan: Montoya rolled off 21st in his No. 42 Target Chevrolet and quickly moved up into the top-10. He led four laps and battled his way to finish eighth.
Montoya at Michigan: In 11 NSCS starts at Michigan, Montoya has earned three top-10 and five top-20 finishes. He has completed 2,064 laps of a possible 2,209 laps, or 93.4 percent, and has led four laps. Montoya has an average start of 17.7 and finish of 21.8 at Michigan. His best start was third in the summer 2009, and his best finish was sixth in the spring of 2009.
Return to Glory: Montoya made two Indy Car starts at Michigan, earning a second-place finish in 1999 and a win in 2000 where he led 39 laps on his way to victory.
Kellogg’s Invasion: Kellogg’s teamed up with Target to feature Target Team drivers on the boxes of Pop-Tarts, Frosted Flakes, Rice Krispies Treats and a new special edition cereal, Vrooms. These products with special boxes and Vrooms cereal will be available exclusively in Target stores this Sunday, Aug. 19. Stop by Target, located at 1076 Jackson Crossing, Jackson, Mich. to grab your Juan Pablo Montoya specific Kellogg’s products on the way to the track.
No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Mercury Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #1208. Crew Chief Kevin “Bono” Manion and the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Mercury team will race Chassis #1208 at Michigan. Chassis #1208 has raced at Las Vegas, finishing eighth; Kansas, finishing 14th; the Coca-Cola 600, finishing 21st and this season at Michigan, finishing 14th.
No. 42 Target Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #1209. Crew Chief Chris “Shine” Heroy and the No. 42 Target team will return to Michigan with Chassis #1209 after finishing eighth with this chassis earlier this season. Chassis #1209 also raced at Fontana, Calif. finishing 17th.