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LOOKING FORWARD TO MICHIGAN

Posted: June 12, 2014

Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Advance Notes

RACE SETUP

Race:                             Quicken Loans 400 – 200 laps/400 miles #QL400

Track:                            Michigan International Speedway (2-mile D-oval) @MISpeedway

Drivers:                        @jamiemcmurray, @KyleLarsonRacin

Cars:                             No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet SS, No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS

Television:   Sunday, June 15 TNT (1:00 p.m. ET)

Social:                           @CGRTeams #TeamMcD #TeamTarget #TeamGanassi

Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Media Contacts at Michigan International Speedway

Jeff Dowling No.1 McDonald’s Chevrolet SS – jdowling@ganassi.com  704-906-8182

Davis Shaefer              No.42 Target Chevrolet SS – dshaefer@ganassi.com – 202-421-5505

I BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW THAT

Don’t Chance It.  Check It: June is Garage Safety Month and Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) team partner, LiftMaster®, encourages fans to support the Celebrate Summer Safely, “Don’t Chance It. Check It” campaign during the month of June.  As part of the LiftMaster® commitment to safety they will make a donation to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), a minimum amount of $10,000 will be donated.  If Jamie McMurray wins one of the five NSCS races in June, LiftMaster® will add an additional $2,000 per victory to the NFFF.

Déjà Vu: Although Kyle Larson has never raced in an NSCS event at Michigan International Speedway (MIS), the track might have a familiar look and feel.  MIS was used as a template for Auto Club Speedway in Southern California, which is where he has a career-best finish of second that came earlier this season.  MIS, like Auto Club, features a wide racing surface that allows drivers to run multiple different lines and maintain high speeds through sweeping corners and long straightaways.

#TEAMGANASSI

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 2014 season by following @CGRTeams.  You can also connect in the social conversation throughout the season with team hashtags - #TeamTarget #driveCessna #TeamGanassi

TWEETS OF THE WEEK

@KyleLarsonRacin: “P5 at the tricky triangle. I'll take it! @target team was on point all day.”

@jamiemcmurray: “Thanks to Coach Bradley and the @Jaguars for making me a part of their team today. #OneTeam #NASCAR #NFL #daytona

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

Jamie McMurray and No. 1 McDonald’s Team

Pocono Recap: Pocono Raceway, referred to as “The Tricky Triangle”, was the setting for the 14th race on the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) schedule.  Jamie McMurray, driving the No. 1 Cushman Chevrolet, started the 160-lap Pocono 400 from the 18th position, and with quick pit work and strategy, raced to a 10th place finish.  Although passing was as difficult as on any track on the circuit, the No. 1 team managed a race strategy that saw McMurray advance from a race-low 27th position, with just 50 laps to go, to his fourth top-10 finish of the 2014 season.

Michigan Stats: McMurray will be making his 23rd NSCS start at MIS this weekend  In his previous 22 starts he has one top-five and four top-10 finishes.  He has completed 4,188 of 4,339 (96.5%) laps of competition at the two-mile oval and has led 36 laps.  McMurray’s best start of second place came in June 2010 and his best finish of fourth came in Aug. 2004. 

McMurray Switches Helmets: McMurray traded his racing helmet for a NFL football helmet this week.  On Tuesday June 10, the two-time winner at Daytona International Speedway (DIS), was in Florida to participate in some drills with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars on the team’s practice fields adjacent to EverBank Field.  McMurray was with DIS president Joie Chitwood III to promote the upcoming Coke Zero 400 at DIS on July 5. McMurray fielded kickoffs, ran a few line drills, and ran routes and caught passes from the quarterbacks, including the Jaguars 2014 first-round draft pick, rookie Blake Bortles

Kyle Larson and No. 42 Target Team

Pocono Recap: Coming on the heels of a win in the ARCA Racing Series Pocono 200 at Pocono International Raceway (Pocono), Larson drove the No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS to a top-five finish in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Pocono 400, which was his first NSCS race at “The Tricky Triangle.”  Larson, who had only seen the track under race conditions once before, which was during the ARCA race, took full advantage of a very good car throughout the race to steadily improve upon his 14th place start.  In fact, Larson led the race for seven laps, the first time in his young NSCS career, before going on to finish fifth.  It was Larson’s third top-five finish of the season.

Larson at Michigan: Although this will be Larson’s first NSCS start at MIS, he has logged race laps in both the ARCA Racing Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS).  Larson first raced at Michigan during his first season racing stock cars in 2012, and finished 13th in the ARCA race.  More recently, Larson turned an 11th place start into a second place finish in last season’s NNS race.

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 1076 Jackson Crossing in Jackson, Mich., and can be reached at (517) 788-3900.  Call ahead and make sure they have what you need.

2014 STATS

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Starts

Wins

Poles

Top 5s

Top 10s

Avg. Start

Avg. Finish

Pts. Pos.

Jamie McMurray

14

0

0

1

4

15.5

19.1

21

Kyle Larson

14

0

0

3

6

15.0

14.3

10

CAREER STATS

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Starts

Wins

Poles

Top 5s

Top 10s

Avg. Start

Avg. Finish

Jamie McMurray

416

7

9

46

112

19.2

19.2

Kyle Larson

18

0

0

3

6

17.4

17.6

       

TEAM ROSTERS

Max Jones – Team Manager

John Probst – Technical Director

No. 1 (NSCS)

Hometown

Hometown

Crew Chief:  Keith Rodden

Denver, NC

Rear Tire Changer: Steve Tautges

Abbotsford, WI

Chief Mechanic:  Tony Lunders

Chehalis, WA

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)

Hometown

Hometown

Crew Chief:  Chris Heroy

Angola, IN

Rear Tire Changer:  Chris McMullen

Canton, MI

Chief Mechanic:  David Bryant

Concord, NC

Rear Tire Carrier:  Doug Riepe

Danbury, CT

Front Tire Changer:  Dennis Terry

Mooresboro, NC

Gas Man:  Ed Watkins

Richmond, VA

Front Tire Carrier:  Aaron Schields

Goodland, KS

Spotter:  Derek Kneeland

Windham, ME

Jack Man:  Mark Jacobs

Fort Walton Beach, FL

ONE TEAM, SEVEN CARS, THREE SERIES

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 Verizon 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, 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, Pa.

For more information log onto: www.chipganassiracing.com