Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates – New Hampshire Motor Speedway Advance Notes

New Hampshire Motor Speedway Advance Notes

Race: LENOX Industrial Tools 301 on Sunday, July 15

Track: New Hampshire Motor Speedway (1.058-mile oval)

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Location: Loudon, N.H.

Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Media Contacts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Jeff Dowling No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Allstate Chevrolet

Shayna Keller No. 42 Degree Chevrolet

NOTES

Follow EGR on Twitter: Continue to follow Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (EGR) on their official team Twitter page. Find in-race updates and weekly news on the No. 1 and No. 42 teams throughout the 2012 season by following “@EGRTeams”.

EGR at New Hampshire: EGR has made 55 starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS). In those starts, EGR has earned four top-five, eight top-10, 17 top-15 and 26 top-20 finishes. Juan Pablo Montoya has racked up two poles for EGR at New Hampshire, the fall of 2009 and the summer of 2010. EGR drivers have led 254 laps and have completed 15,700 laps out of a possible 16,240 or 96.7 percent. EGR has an average starting spot of 19.6 at New Hampshire and an average finishing position of 21st. EGR has made five NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) starts here as well, boasting one top-10 and three top-15 finishes.

Chevy Power: Chevrolet leads all manufacturers in NSCS wins at New Hampshire with 17. This gives Chevy a six win advantage over the second-place manufacturer, Ford.

Goodyear Gives Back: Goodyear will donate one dollar for every tire sold at participating Goodyear dealers in the U.S. from July 1 until August 31, up to $250,000, to benefit Support Our Troops®. McMurray and Montoya, along with many other NSCS drivers signed a Goodyear tire that will be up for auction to raise funds for Support Our Troops. To bid, donate or learn more about how to support this cause click here.

There’s an App for that: Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) and SapientNitro SM recently re-launched an updated mobile application, which is one of the first for the high-velocity world of racing. The application brings fans updated driver and event information, and exclusive content in one centralized and expansive mobile experience, bringing to life the rich heritage and legendary success of CGRT. The unique mobile application conveys the high-octane rush of the racing experience for a team that competes at the highest levels in three series – NSCS, IZOD IndyCar Series and GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. Click here to visit the iTunes Application store and download the CGRT mobile app.

JAMIE MCMURRAY AND THE NO. 1 BASS PRO SHOPS TEAM

McMurray on Twitter: Catch the latest from the driver of the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Allstate Chevrolet by following McMurray’s personal Twitter account, @JamieMcMurray.

Daytona Recap: Jamie McMurray, who suffered all weekend with a stomach illness, had a fast Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet as the team would show their muscle with the fastest time of the day in the final practice session on Thursday in drafting practice. On Friday the team would post the 31st fastest time in qualifying. The No. 1 team decided that they would opt to try and race toward the front of the pack, rather than hold back and ride near the rear to avoid the “big one”. McMurray ran among the top-15 for a majority of the race and even suffered minor damage in one of the accidents, still managing to power the wounded Chevrolet home in 13th.

Last Year at New Hampshire: McMurray rolled off 25th and quickly worked his way up to the front of the field. In the closing stages of the race, fuel mileage was not on the No. 1 team’s side as McMurray coasted across the finish line in 31st.

McMurray at New Hampshire: McMurray has made 18 NSCS starts at New Hampshire. In those starts he has raced to two top-five, four top-10 and nine top-20 finishes. He has completed 4,977 laps out of a possible 5,367 laps, or 92.7 percent, and has led 32 laps. McMurray’s average starting position is 20.8 and average finishing position is 22.7. In addition to NSCS experience, McMurray has six NNS starts at Loudon. In those six starts he has qualified on the pole once, July 2004, and led 22 laps in that race.

Intermediate Stats: At intermediate tracks (tracks greater than one mile, but less than two miles), McMurray has 127 NSCS starts. He has earned two victories (Charlotte: 2002, 2010), 16 top-five finishes, 38 top-10 finishes and has led 603 laps.

Double Duty: Jamie McMurray will also run the F.W. Webb 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race on Saturday afternoon at NHMS. McMurray will drive the No. 30 Turner Motorsports Chevrolet with sponsorship from LiftMaster®, who is also an associate sponsor on McMurray’s No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/McDonald’s Chevrolet. LiftMaster® will also be the primary sponsor on the No. 1 EGR entry when the NSCS returns to NHMS in September.

Raise Our Flag: McMurray and EGR will help support the United States Olympic Committee and their “Raise Our Flag” campaign by donating a stitch in America’s flag for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. “Raise Our Flag” is an official United States Olympic fundraising program with donations providing housing, training and equipment for the most elite athletes in America. Find more information here.

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA AND THE NO. 42 DEGREE TEAM

Montoya on Twitter: Catch the latest from the driver of the No. 42 Target Chevrolet by following Montoya’s personal Twitter account, @jpmontoya.

Daytona Recap: The ever so unpredictable superspeedway racing lived up to its reputation Saturday night under the lights. The 160-lap race started calmly as the first caution flag of the night was not displayed until lap 82. Montoya and the Target team raced mid-pack and made a few handling adjustments throughout the evening in preparation for the battle at the end. The second half of the race consisted of six caution flags and unfortunately the No. 42 Chevrolet was involved in one of them with eight laps remaining. The No. 42 was making a charge to the front when an incident occurred in front of him and left him with nowhere to go. The damage was significant causing the team to end the evening early and settle for a 28th-place finish.

Last Year at New Hampshire: Montoya started in eighth-place and spent most of the race working on pit strategy. While running 13th with two laps to go, the Target Chevrolet ran short on fuel and came across the finish line in 30th.

Montoya at New Hampshire: Montoya has made 10 NSCS starts at New Hampshire where he boasts one top-five, two top-10 and six top-20 finishes. He has earned two poles at New Hampshire, September, 2009 and June, 2010. Montoya has led 149 laps and has completed 2,934 laps out of a possible 2,959 laps, or 99.2 percent. His average starting position is 14.8 and his average finishing position is 19.5.

Intermediate Stats: Montoya has 73 NSCS starts at intermediate tracks. In those starts he has earned seven top-five and 13 top-10 finishes. Montoya has led 227 laps at intermediate tracks.

Quality Guy: Montoya ranks third in the last 14 races at New Hampshire in the number average quality passes (passing a car in the top-15, while under a green flag) with 34.2.

Time Flies: Montoya will make his 200th career NSCS start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday. The Indianapolis 500 and Grand Prix of Monaco winner started his NSCS career at the 2006 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Degree Scheme: The No. 42 will sport a new paint scheme this weekend. Degree will be the primary sponsor, showcasing their new MOTIONSENSE Technology. This new technology is triggered by body movement and releases extra protection throughout the day. Learn more about how to stay cool under pressure with Degree here.

CHASSIS INFO

No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Allstate Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #1210. Crew Chief Kevin “Bono” Manion and the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Allstate team will bring Chassis #1210 back to New Hampshire. Chassis #1210 was raced at Martinsville earlier this year, where it finished 20th.

No. 42 Degree Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #1203. Crew Chief Chris “Shine” Heroy and the No. 42 Degree team will come to New Hampshire with Chassis #1203. This chassis has two races under its belt this season: Phoenix where it finished 11th and Richmond where it came across the line 12th.

2012 STATS

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Starts

Wins

Poles

Top 5s

Top 10s

Ave Start

Ave Finish

Pts. Pos.

Jamie McMurray

18

0

0

0

3

21.4

18.5

20

Juan Pablo Montoya

18

0

0

0

2

24.1

20.2

21

CAREER STATS

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Starts

Wins

Poles

Top 5s

Top 10s

Ave Start

Ave Finish

Jamie McMurray

348

6

8

41

99

19.5

19.3

Juan Pablo Montoya

199

2

7

20

51

18.1

19.6

TEAM ROSTERS

Max Jones – Team Manager

John Probst – Technical Director

No. 1 (NSCS)

Hometown

Hometown

Crew Chief: Kevin Manion

Boylston, MA

Rear Tire Changer: Jeremy Fuller

Newnan, GA

Chief Mechanic: Randall Burnett

Fenton, MO

Rear Tire Carrier: Doug Riepe

Danbury , CT

Front Tire Changer: Bryan Jacobsen

Honesdale, PA

Gas Man: Benjy Grubbs

Richmond, VA

Front Tire Carrier: Brett Morrell

Windham, ME

Jack Man: Mitch Lash

Salisbury, NC

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: Chip Goode

Statesville, NC

Front Tire Changer: Dennis Terry

Mooresboro, NC

Gas Man: Ed Watkins

Richmond, VA

Front Tire Carrier: Eric Bilyeu

Waterford, MI

Jack Man: Mark Jacobs

Fort Walton Beach, FL

About Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Inc.

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 in the IZOD IndyCar Series, two cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and one Daytona Prototype in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. Overall his teams have 14 championships and 148 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400 and four Rolex 24 At Daytonas. 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.

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