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CESSNA TEAM BATTLES MONSTER MILE FOR 13TH PLACE FINISH

Posted: June 02, 2014

Results (with starting position) from the FedEx 400 benefitting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway

1.             (4) Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Chevrolet SS  

11.          (40) Kyle Larson, No. 42 Cottonelle Chevrolet SS 

13.          (19) Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Cessna Chevrolet SS 

Cessna Team Battles Monster Mile For 13th Place Finish

DOVER, Del. (June 2, 2014) – The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) headed to the high-banked concrete oval at Dover International Speedway (Dover), nicknamed The Monster Mile, for the first race in the month of June.  The No. 1 Cessna team looked to carry momentum from at top-five finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway, however Jamie McMurray would have to overcome a setback with front-end damage to the No. 1 Chevy, to rally for a 13th place finish.

McMurray, who qualified in the 19th position for the FedEx 400 benefitting Autism Speaks, was working his way through the field when he felt something wrong in front-end of the car on lap 159, possibly a cut tire.  In fact, what McMurray felt was actually the nose of the Cessna Chevy colliding with a large piece of the concrete racing surface that had come apart.  The collision caused considerable damage to the car that would be repaired following a 22-minute red-flag period while race officials worked to repair the race track surface.

The No. 1 team worked on the handling of the damaged race car for the remainder of the 400-lap race as McMurray was able get back on the lead lap following a caution on lap 362 and battle to a 13th place finish.

NOTES OF INTEREST:

  • McMurray remains 23rd place in the NSCS point standings just 40 points behind the 16th position
  • The FedEx 400 was slowed by the caution flag eight times for 41 laps and two red-flags

CGRFS QUOTEBOARD

Jamie McMurray No. 1 Cessna Chevrolet SS: “After I hit that piece of concrete, I thought we cut a tire.  In fact, it was just another freak incident for our team.  The Cessna crew did a great job making repairs to the car and getting us back out on the track.  Our team stayed focused and did what they had to do to make repairs.  The Cessna Chevy was good today, we just had to overcome some adversity.  

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will head to Pocono Raceway for the Pocono 400, June 8, 2014.  TNT coverage will begin at 1 p.m. ET, Sirius/XM Channel 90 and MRN affiliated radio stations will also have live coverage.

About Chip Ganassi Racing Teams

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 more than 160 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400, five 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, Penn.

For more information log onto chipganassiracing.com