Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola Advance Notes

Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Advance Notes


Race:                     Coke Zero 400 – 160 laps/400 miles #CokeZero400
Track:                    Daytona International Speedway (2.5 tri-mile oval) @DISUpdates
Drivers:                @jamiemcmurray, @KyleLarsonRacin
Cars:                     No. 1 McDonald’s SS, No. 42 Share a Coke Chevrolet SS
Television:           Saturday, July 5 NBC (7:45 p.m. ET)
Social:                   @CGRnascar #TeamMcD #ShareaCoke #TeamTarget #TeamGanassi


Return of the Peacock: When NASCAR heads back to the World Center of Racing this weekend at Daytona International Speedway, NBC Sports’ landmark coverage of NASCAR racing will begin anew. The media franchise is set to show its first races since 2006, beginning with Saturday’s XFINITY Series Subway Firecracker 250 (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN), followed by Sunday’s Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola Sprint Cup Series event (7:45 p.m. ET, NBC). The events wave the green flag over NBC Sports Group’s 10-year chapter as the home of NASCAR’s championship run, and NBC Sports’ production team in Daytona will employ a crew of more than 195 personnel, 70 cameras, 80 microphones, 150,000 feet of cable and a wide collection of other tools to deliver the action.


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 #Cessna1 #TeamMcD #TeamGanassi


@jamiemcmurray: Had a great time meeting lots of people in Dallas area today with @McD_NorthTexas #dfwAMshares #TeamMcD

@KyleLarsonRacin: Had fun hanging out at @IMS today and seeing my @Target teammate @scottdixon9. Looking forward to being back for the #Brickyard400


Jamie McMurray and No. 1 McDonald’s Team

Sonoma Recap: In the first of two road course races on the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) season, Jamie McMurray looked to continue his streak of three straight top-10 finishes. McMurray, driving the Cessna Patriotic Chevrolet SS, overcame an early tire issue to narrowly miss the top-10 with an 11th-place finish in the Toyota/SaveMart 350.

McMurray at Daytona: McMurray, a two-time winner in NSCS competition at DIS, has made 25 career starts at the 2.5 mile high-banked tri-oval. He has five top-10 and three top-five finishes at the famed “World Center of Racing”, as well as two wins,(2007 Coke Zero 400 and the 2010 Daytona 500). McMurray has completed 4,036 of a possible 4,381 (92.1%) laps of completion.  His best start was sixth (2006) and best finish of first-place twice.

Daytona Rising: This weekend’s event at DIS will be the final race before the completion of the $400 million Daytona Rising project that will revitalize the fan experience at Daytona International Speedway. Jamie McMurray will tour the construction project during the CokeZero 400 race weekend and record some video vignettes to promote Daytona Speedweeks 2016. McMurray’s success at DIS is umatched as he is the only driver to ever win the three biggest races at the “World Center of Racing”, the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Daytona 500 and the CokeZero 400.

Kyle Larson and No. 42 Share a Coke Team

Sonoma Recap: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) was at Sonoma Raceway this past weekend for the first of the season’s two road courses races. Although the weekend started a bit slow for Larson in the No. 42 Viva Vantage Chevrolet, the team was able to make significant gains on the car for qualifying, where Larson earned a spot just inside the top-five. After starting the race looking strong, Larson would ultimately experience handling issues towards the end that would result in a 15th place finish at the Northern California road course.

Larson at Daytona: Larson has three previous starts at Daytona, but unfortunately has yet to cross the finish line on the lead lap. Earlier this year Larson was one shy of completing all laps during the season-opening Daytona 500, and has completed a total of 431 of 515 laps in his three starts at Daytona. Larson’s average start is 26.7 and his average finish of 34.Share a Coke with Kyle: Larson’s No. 42 Chevrolet SS will carry a “Share a Coke” theme this weekend at Daytona for the Coke-powered race. Fans are encouraged to come out and see Larson on race day at the Coca-Cola display in the fan midway from 3:15 – 3:30 pm as he answers questions about the Target team’s season and what to expect from the Coke Zero 400. Here is a video highlighting the paint scheme: Target: Larson will start out his race weekend sharing some time with fans at the Target store right across from the track. Larson will be at the Daytona Beach Target on Thursday evening from 7:00 – 7:30 pm meeting fans and signing autographs. The store is located at 2380 W International Speedway Boulevard.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.  The nearest Target is located at 2380 W International Speedway Boulevard, Daytona Beach, Fla. 32114and can be reached at (386) 257-4778.  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

Denver, NC

Rear Tire Changer: Kenyatta Houston

Bronx, NY

Chief Mechanic:  Ryan Bergenty

Plainville, CT

Rear Tire Carrier: Art Simmons

Newark, MO

Front Tire Changer:  Daniel Kincaid

Port Byron, NY

Gas Man:  Mike Metcalf

Charlotte, NC

Front Tire Carrier: Ben Fetzer

Fredericksburg, VA

Spotter:  Lorin Ranier

Prestonsburg, KY

Jack Man:  Shane Wilson

Edgewater, MD

No. 42 (NSCS)



Crew Chief:  Chris Heroy

Angola, IN

Rear Tire Changer:  Steven Tautges

Abbotsford, WI

Chief Mechanic:  David Bryant

Concord, NC

Rear Tire Carrier:  Gene Cornwell

Rockwell, SC

Front Tire Changer:  Nick Krizmanich

Kenosha, WI

Gas Man:  Ed Watkins

Richmond, VA

Front Tire Carrier:  Aaron Schields

Goodland, KS

Spotter:  Derek Kneeland

Windham, ME

Jack Man:  Graham Molatch

Harrisburg, NC


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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