Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Advance Notes
Race: 5-hour Energy 301 – 301 laps/318.46 miles #5hrENERGY301
Track: New Hampshire Motor Speedway (1.058 mile oval) @NHMS
Drivers: @jamiemcmurray, @KyleLarsonRacin
Cars: No. 1 McDonald’s/Cessna Chevrolet SS, No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS
Television: Sunday, July 19 NBCSN (1:30 p.m. ET)
Social: @CGRnascar #TeamMcD #TeamTarget #TeamGanassi
I BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW THAT
Logging Miles: As a car owner in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS), Chip Ganassi has fielded cars for 11 different drivers that have made a start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS). In 67 starts, those 11 drivers have completed 19,316 laps (20,436 miles) and led 268 circuits, they have also compiled 12 top-10 and eight top-five finishes.
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 #TeamGanassi
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Kentucky Recap: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) made their lone visit to Kentucky Speedway. For the second consecutive weekend on the schedule rain would dominate the racing plans, affecting events scheduled Wednesday through Friday, including the cancelation of qualifying, thus the starting line-up would be determined by first practice speeds, giving McMurray a seventh-place starting position.
McMurray at NHMS: McMurray will be making his 25th start at NHMS this weekend. In his previous trips to the “Magic Mile”, McMurray has four top-five and six top-10 finishes, which includes a fourth-place finish in last fall’s race. McMurray has completed 6,785 of 7,178 (94.5%) of the laps run at NHMS and has led 32 laps of competition.
Eight is Enough: As the NSCS heads to NHMS, the battle to make the cut-off for the final 16 drivers that will compete for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is winding down to the final eight races. Jamie McMurray, who is currently seventh in the NSCS point standings, is experiencing his career-best ranking after 18 race into a season. He is the higest ranked driver in the Chase standings without a win. Of the eight tracks where the NSCS will compete leading to the Chase cut-off, NHMS is the only track that the NSCS will return to during the 10-race Chase.
Kyle Larson and No. 42 Target Team
Kentucky Recap: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) headed to Kentucky Speedway this weekend with much anticipation, as a new aerodynamics package was set to be used for the first time in competition. However, rain would play a significant factor, forcing several cancellations to the schedule. When cars finally got on track Friday, for one day of practice, Larson and the Target team proved strong, pacing the field in both practices. After starting the race from the pole position, Larson worked to maintain a spot around the top-10 before an incident late in the race caused damage that slowed him for a 35th place finish.
Larson at NHMS: The “Magic Mile” has been just that for Larson, who has competed all race laps en route to an average finish of 2.5 at the track in two NSCS starts. Larson has raced from starts of 13th and 10th to a third and second place finish, respectively. Larson also has one win win at the track, which came in 2012 in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Larson will be in the media center on Friday morning from 9:15 – 9:30 a.m. discussing his past success at NHMS.
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 80 D’Amante Drive, Concord, NH 03301 and can be reached at (603) 227-0809. 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
Port Byron, NY
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
Rock Hill, SC
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.
For more information log onto: www.chipganassiracing.com