Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates – Las Vegas Motor Speedway Advance Notes

Las Vegas Motor Speedway Advance Notes
Race:                             Kobalt Tools 400 on Sunday, March 10
Track:                            Las Vegas Motor Speedway (1.5 mile tri-oval)
Location:      Las Vegas


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”.

CGRT Mobile App: Download the Chip Ganassi Racing Teams mobile app for the latest driver news, event information, social media updates and exclusive content. This season, the app will introduce a weekly interactive game called “Call the Race”, which allows fans to predict the outcome of the upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and ranks the game players on a leaderboard based on their correct answers throughout the season.  Each week, the top-three players with the highest score will receive a digital Target gift card by email.  Head to the iTunes store and check it out: http://bit.ly/YGJQxf

Drivers’ Meeting: Race fans who have wondered what transpires during a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) drivers’ meeting will get the opportunity to learn for themselves this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.   This is the second time that fans at Las Vegas motor speedway will be able to purchase passes to the Neon garage.  in the Neon garage fans get access to not only the drivers but the teams as well while they are getting ready to head on the track. Fans also get the best view of the victory lane celebration each race.  There is plenty of Vegas style entertainment for the whole weekend.

Jamie McMurray and No. 1 McDonald’s Team

Phoenix Recap: Jamie McMurray and the No. 1 McDonald’s team battled throughout the 312-lap race to improve on their 19th starting position, running most of the race among the top-15.  After a late gamble on fuel strategy in the closing stages of the race, the No. 1 Chevy SS came home with a 22nd-place finish in the Valley of the Sun.

McMurray at Las Vegas: McMurray will make his 11th start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend.  In his previous 10 starts he has accumulated one top-five finish and four top-10 finishes.  McMurray has zero DNFs (did not finish) and has completed 2,671 of 2,691 laps (99.3 %) at the 1.5 mile speedway.  He has an average starting position of 21.8 and an average finishing position of 18.7, with his best start and finish of fourth coming in 2004.

Intermediate Stats: At intermediate tracks McMurray has 179 starts, collecting two victories (Charlotte: 2002, 2010), 20 top-five finishes, 47 top-10 finishes and leading 841 laps.

I’m Lovin’ It: McDonalds will be the primary sponsor of Jamie McMurray`s No.1 SS Chevrolet this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.   Be sure to visit any of the Golden Arches locations this weekend, there’s no reason to go hungry while visiting Las Vegas Motor Speedway this week.  McDonald’s has five locations conveniently located within five miles of the track.  Locations can be found at: 7310 S Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV; 2550 E Sunset Rd. Las Vegas, NV; 6005 S Eastern Ave. Las Vegas, NV; 3999 S Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV; 2310 E Serene Las Vegas, NV.

Did you Know?: It would take 21,600 Big Macs (averaging 4.4 inches) to circle the 1.5 mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 AXE Apollo Team

Phoenix Recap: The NSCS headed out west to Phoenix International Raceway over the weekend. Juan Pablo Montoya and team Target started from the 29h position and drove their way to the front to lead laps and finish off the 312-lap race in 12th-place.

AXE Apollo: This weekend at Las Vegas the No. 42 team will be displaying some new colors. AXE Apollo will be the premiere feature on the Chevy SS. AXE launched  its Apollo Space Academy campaign earlier this year and is giving 22 people around the world the opportunity  to win tickets for a space trip. For more information please visit,  http://www2.axeapollo.com/en_US/

Looking for Lucky No. 100:  Montoya and the Target team are looking at their 100th victory this weekend. This season marks the 24th year that Chip Ganassi Racing and Target have been paired up.

Montoya at Las Vegas: This weekend will mark Montoya’s seventh start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  In his six starts at the track, Montoya has one top-five finish, one top-10 finish and zero DNFs.. He has an average starting position of 20.0, an average finishing position of 22.8 and has completed 1,591 laps (98.2%).  Montoya’s best start of fourth came in 2007 and his best finish came in 2011 where he led seven laps and finished third.

Intermediate Stats: In his NSCS career at intermediate tracks, Montoya has 106 starts, nine top-five finishes, 17 top-10 finishes, two pole awards  and has led 348 laps.

Did you Know?: It would take 23,040  AXE bottles (averaging 4.125 inches)  to circle the 1.5 mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway, now that’s a lot of body wash!

Hit the Bullseye: Need something in a pinch?  No need to worry – Target has all of the essentials and more.  Target is just seven miles from Las Vegas Motor Speedway, located at 4001 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89119.  Call ahead and make sure they have what you need at 702-732-2218.


Max Jones – Team Manager

John Probst – Technical Director

No. 1 (NSCS)




Crew Chief:  Kevin Manion

Boylston, MA

Rear Tire Changer: Jeremy Fuller

Newnan, GA

Chief Mechanic:  Scott Kilbury

Hialeah, FL

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



Jack Man:  Mitch Lash

Salisbury, NC





No. 42 (NSCS)




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 Kincaid

Port Bryon, NY

Gas Man:  Ed Watkins

Richmond, VA

Front Tire Carrier:  Eric Bilyeu

Waterford, MI

Spotter: Derek Kneeland

Windham, CT

Jack Man:  Mark Jacobs

Fort Walton Beach, FL

For more information log onto: www.earnhardtganassi.com

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