Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Advance Notes
Race: Axalta We Paint Winners 400 – 160 laps (400 Miles) #Axalta400
Track: Pocono Raceway (2.5-mile tri-oval) @poconoraceway
Drivers: @jamiemcmurray, @KyleLarsonRacin
Cars: No. 1 Cessna Patriotic Chevrolet SS, No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS
Television: Sunday, June 7 FOX Sports 1 (1:00 p.m. ET)
Social: @CGRnascar #TeamTarget #Cessna1 #TeamGanassi
I BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW THAT
In Search of Gold: With one race down in the 2015 Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) season, the Chip Ganassi Racing Teams entries of Brian Deegan, driving the No. 38 Ford Fiesta, and Steve Arpin, driving the No. 00 Ford Fiesta, will step aside from the regular-season GRC schedule to chase gold this weekend at the ESPN X Games in Austin, Tex. Deegan has a total of 14 medals at the X Games, including a gold medal in RallyCross. Arpin has competed at the X Games on four previous occasions, and has two top-five finishes in RallyCar.
Follow CGR on Twitter: Be sure to follow CGR on the official team Twitter page. Find in-race updates and weekly news on the No.1 and No.42 teams throughout the 2015 season by following @CGRnascar. You can also connect in the social conversation throughout the season with team hashtags – #TeamTarget #TeamMcD
TWEET OF THE WEEK
@KyleLarsonRacin: “Good day for us. Really proud of my guys for being a huge part in our rebound from last weeks run. Thank you @Target @CGRnascar”
@jamiemcmurray: “Highlight of my weekend was having @BobbyAllison12 fly to and from the track with me. He was an amazing competitor and even a better human”
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR POCONO RACEWAY
Jamie McMurray and No. 1 Cessna Patriotic Team
Dover Recap: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) made stop number 13 on the 2015 schedule at Dover International Speedway, nicknamed the “Monster Mile” for its high-banks, concrete racing surface and close-quarters tough racing action. Jamie McMurray and the No. 1 McDonald’s/Cessna team got back on the road after racing close to home at Charlotte Motor Speedway the previous two weeks, looking to tame the monster. The No. 1 team battled hard through an up-and-down race to capture a seventh-place finish.
Pocono Stats: Jamie McMurray has made 24 starts at Pocono Raceway where he has completed 4,304 of 4,412 (97.6%) laps of competition. He has six top-10 finishes with an average start of 16.5 and average finish of 19.8. McMurray has led a total of 21 laps in NSCS competition. He has one pole (July 2005) and his best finish was seventh-place (Aug. 2014).
Stars and Stripes: The No. 1 Cessna Chevrolet will feature a new look this weekend with a patriotic paint scheme. Cessna is supporting this special look as part of the NASCAR Salutes, industry-wide tribute, to show respect and appreciation for our veterans and active military members. Jamie McMurray will drive the Cessna Patriotic car this weekend at Pocono raceway and again later this month at Sonoma Raceway.
Kyle Larson and No. 42 Target Team
Dover Recap: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) headed north this past weekend to Dover International Speedway – the Monster Mile – a track at which Kyle Larson has enjoyed a bit of success. The Target team put together their most complete weekend of the season, consistently improving throughout the practice sessions on the way to earning their highest starting position of the year. On Sunday, Larson took advantage of the third-place start and a fast Target Chevy to turn in a third-place finish, his best yet this season.
Larson at Pocono: This weekend will mark Larson’s third NSCS race at the Tricky Triangle. In his previous two races there, Larson has met the challenges presented by the tricky track, scoring a fifth-place finish during the first Pocono race last season, and following that up with the pole award in the second race. Larson’s pole award last August was his first ever in the NSCS, and his qualifying speed of 183.438mph set the track qualifying record. Combined, Larson has an average start of 7.5 at Pocono and an average finish of 8.0. He also has a win at Pocono in the ARCA Racing Series, which came last year during the June race weekend.
Wingin’ It: After a hiatus lasting almost six months, Larson got back behind the wheel of a winged sprint car as he competed with the World of Outlaws in Indiana at Kokomo Speedway. Larson ranked 15th following qualifying and won his heat race and would start eighth for the 40-lap race, where he ultimately earned a third place finish.
A Shopping Bullseye: If you have made it to the race only to find out you’ve forgotten to pack a few necessities, there’s no need to worry. For all your last minute needs, and forgotten items, Target has all of the essentials and more. Target is located at 155 Pocono Commons, Stroudsburg, Pa. 18360, and can be reached at (570) 426-1050. Call ahead and make sure they have what you need.
Max Jones – Team Manager
John Probst – Technical Director
Tony Lunders – Competition Director
No. 1 (NSCS)
Crew Chief: Matt McCall
Rear Tire Changer: Kenyatta Houston
Chief Mechanic: Ryan Bergenty
Rear Tire Carrier: Art Simmons
Front Tire Changer: Daniel Kincaid
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Gas Man: Mike Metcalf
Front Tire Carrier: Ben Fetzer
Spotter: Lorin Ranier
Jack Man: Shane Wilson
No. 42 (NSCS)
Crew Chief: Chris Heroy
Rear Tire Changer: Steven Tautges
Chief Mechanic: David Bryant
Rear Tire Carrier: Gene Cornwell
Front Tire Changer: Nick Krizmanich
Gas Man: Ed Watkins
Front Tire Carrier: Aaron Schields
Spotter: Derek Kneeland
Jack Man: Graham Molatch
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 four cars in the IndyCar Series, two cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and one Prototype in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Overall his teams have 17 championships and over 160 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400 and six Rolex 24 At Daytonas and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Ganassi boasts state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis and Brownsburg, Ind. and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh, Pa.
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