Charlotte II: Chip Ganassi preview

David Stremme and the No. 40 Target Dodge Team Facts: * Stremme Right on Target: As Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) continues to celebrate its long heritage with Target Racing, which has been with the team for 18 years...

David Stremme and the No. 40 Target Dodge Team Facts:

* Stremme Right on Target: As Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) continues to celebrate its long heritage with Target Racing, which has been with the team for 18 years making it one of the longest racing relationships in history, David Stremme and the No. 40 team will again be sporting the white and red Target paint scheme in this weekend's Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The last time the No. 40 Dodge was in the signature Target red and white came in September at the California Speedway.

* Standings: Stremme and the No. 40 team picked up one spot in the NNCS point standings (26th to 25th) with their 17th place finish at Talladega. Stremme had a solid run at the Superspeedway, finding himself near the front of the pack for most of the race.

* Chassis: Crew chief Steve Lane and the No. 40 team have selected chassis #710 for this weekend's race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Chassis #710 has seen the track twice this season, the first time coming back in September at California Speedway. Bad luck spoiled the night for the No. 40 Coors Dodge in California. The team had a 21st-place qualifying effort and a strong early performance, but was never able to recover after an incident that left them 34th.

Reed Sorenson and the No. 41 Fuji/Target Dodge Team Facts:

* Fujifilm Scheme at Lowe's: Sorenson will be driving a white, green, red and black No. 41 Fujifilm paint scheme in this weekend's race at Lowe's Motor Speedway (LMS). Makers of Photographic Film and Paper, Film Cameras, Digital Cameras, Digital Printers, Minilab Systems, Motion Picture Films and Recording Media, Fujifilm U.S.A., Inc., a subsidiary of Fujifilm Global, is headquartered in Valhalla, N.Y.

* Career First: With his 10th-place finish in the last event at Talladega Superspeedway, Sorenson scored back-to-back top 10s for the first time in his NEXTEL Cup Series career (seventh at Kansas the week prior). Sorenson has 68 NEXTEL Cup series starts.

* Dodge Dealer Announcement Show: Sorenson, along with his new teammate Dario Franchitti, headed out to Las Vegas on Wednesday to sign autographs at the Dodge Dealer Announcement show. The annual event brings dealers together to introduce them to new products and marketing campaigns.

* Points Update: Sorenson and the Target team maintained 23rd in the overall NEXTEL Cup Series driver standings with their 10th-place finish in the last event at Talladega. The team is 133 points out of 20th with six races remaining in the 2007 season.

* Chassis: Crew chief Jimmy Elledge has selected chassis #402 for this weekend's race at LMS. This is the same car Sorenson used to capture his first-career NEXTEL Cup Series pole position at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 28. After starting from the pole and leading a total of 16 laps, Sorenson went on to take the checkered flag in fifth place. Sorenson also finished seventh with this chassis two weeks ago at Kansas Speedway.

* Ladies' Night Returns to CGRFS: After a successful debut in 2006, Ladies' Night is returning this October to the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) Concord, N.C., race shop Wednesday, October 10 (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. ET), with more fun festivities. In addition to free admission and a complimentary behind-the-scenes tour of the CGRFS race shop, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be on the house for all attendees. Guests will also be treated to a fall fashion show that will include apparel designed by the CGRFS Drive4Design contest winner Heath Harmon, as well as a sneak peek at the new fall fashions. Special guest speakers will stop by to visit and talk about their racing careers and lives. Raffle prizes will also be given away with all proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. To learn more go to www.chipganassiracing.com and click on "Charlotte Race Week 2007."

* CGRFS Drivers Signing at Race: They say the early bird gets the worm, well in NASCAR the early fan gets the autograph. Clauson, along with his fellow CGRFS drivers Juan Pablo Montoya, Reed Sorenson, David Stremme and Memos Rojas (Grand-Am), will be taking a couple hours out of their fast-pace schedules on Friday, October 12, to stop by the CGRFS Concord, N.C., race shop to meet fans and sign autographs. The two-hour driver autograph session is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. and will run through 1 p.m. ET. In order to get an autograph, wristbands are required. To pick up a wristband, stop by the CGRFS gift shop or call toll free 1-866-888-6388 to reserve one. Note: Wristband holders are guaranteed an autograph from each driver (between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET Friday, October 12). Limit one autograph item per person per driver. Limit two wristbands per phone reservation.

Juan Pablo Montoya and the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Avenger Team Facts:

* Charlotte Under the Lights: Juan Pablo Montoya and the Texaco/Havoline team were in the wrong place at the wrong time in May's 600-mile event at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Montoya slowed to avoid a multi-car wreck on lap 52, but was hit from behind and forced into the car in front of him. After spending 28 laps behind pit wall, Montoya returned to the track in the 38th position and gained 10 spots through attrition to finish 28th.

* Standings: Montoya remains 20th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup standings after his 15th-place finish at Talladega Superspeedway. He did gain significant points on the drivers ahead of him in the standings. He now sits 30 points out of 19th and just 46 points out of 17th.

* Meet Montoya: Montoya, along with his fellow Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) drivers Reed Sorenson, David Stremme, Bryan Clauson and Memos Rojas (Grand-Am), will be taking a couple hours out of their fast-pace schedules on Friday, October 12, to stop by the CGRFS Concord, N.C., race shop to meet fans and sign autographs. The two-hour driver autograph session is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. and will run through 1 p.m. ET. Reservations are required. To learn more go to www.chipganassiracing.com and click on "Charlotte Race Week 2007."

* Rookie Race: Montoya was the Raybestos® Rookie of the Race in the October 7 UAW 500 at Talladega. He scored a 15th-place finish and took Raybestos® Rookie of the Race honors for the 13th time this season, including two of the last three races. Montoya leads David Ragan by 15 points (225-210) in the Raybestos® Rookie standings entering the October 13 Bank of America 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Montoya is poised to become the fourth driver for Texaco/Havoline to earn the Raybestos Rookie honor (Davey Allison, Kenny Irwin and Jamie McMurray).

* Chassis: Crew Chief Donnie Wingo and the Texaco/Havoline team are bringing chassis #709 to Lowe's Motor Speedway this weekend for the 500-mile race. This is a new chassis in the CGRFS stable.

* Celebrating 20 Years: In celebration of Texaco's 20th anniversary in sponsoring stock car racing and a successful season for rookie Montoya, Chevron Products Company introduced its special limited edition gift card carrying the image of the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline race car and Montoya. The Texaco/Havoline branded gift cards are now available for purchase in denominations up to $100 at participating Texaco stations or online at www.texaco.com.

-credit: cgr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Chip Ganassi Racing