Daytona Shootout: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing preview

Jamie McMurray and No. 1 Bass Pro Shops® / Tracker Boats Team: Coming Home: Joplin, Missouri native Jamie McMurray returns to Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates for the 2010 NSCS season as driver of the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker...

Jamie McMurray and No. 1 Bass Pro Shops® / Tracker Boats Team:

Coming Home: Joplin, Missouri native Jamie McMurray returns to Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates for the 2010 NSCS season as driver of the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Chevrolet. McMurray has won three NSCS races since he entered the series near the end of 2002. In his seven years and 258 races at NASCAR's highest level he has 30 career top-five finishes and 80 top-10 results. McMurray broke into the NSCS in 2002 as a member of the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates team of drivers and spent three full seasons there from 2003-05. Those three seasons are statistically the best seasons of McMurray's career. In those three years he had a combined 18 top-five finishes and 46 top-10s and competed until the end for a spot in the 10-member Chase field every year. He finished 13th, 11th and 12th in those three seasons. His 23 top-10 finishes in 2004 were tied for second most with Jimmie Johnson and behind only Jeff Gordon in the NSCS.

Shootout at the Beach: McMurray will attempt to best his second-place finish in the 2009 Bud Shootout, where he started 15th going on to lead a total of four times for 16 laps (second most). In his four Shootout attempts (04, 06, 08, 09), McMurray has collected one top-five, two top-10, and three top-20 finishes. His best starting position came during the 2004 edition (McMurray's first ever), when he started third.

Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Target Team:

High Expectations: Juan Pablo Montoya returns for his fourth full-time NSCS season at Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates in the No. 42 Chevy with long-time partner Target. Montoya and Team Target capped off a 2009 NSCS campaign with two pole awards, seven top-fives, 18 top-10 (50%) and 22 top-15 finishes, with a trip to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. In the 36 Cup races of the 2009 season Montoya earned 27 top-20 finishes, led 388 laps, and averaged a starting position of 12.8 and a finishing position of 14.2. Team Target completed 10,336 of out 10,492 possible laps (98.5%) which ranked sixth for active drivers and had zero DNFs (did not finish). Montoya made the Chase for the Cup for the first time finishing eighth in the points standings. In the 10-race Chase for the Cup, Montoya had five top-five finishes, six top-10 finishes, an average starting position of 12.5, an average finishing position of 15.4, an average running position of 11.7 and 77% of his laps were run within the top-15. Montoya and Team Target now turn their attention to building on their successes during the 2010 NSCS season.

Superspeedway Success: Montoya matched his best finish of second at Talladega Superspeedway on August 27, 2008 by bringing home a second place finish at Pocono Raceway on August 3 -- his highest finish of 2009. In his 11 Superspeedway starts, Montoya has never finished outside the top-20 with two top-fives, five top-10s, and eight top-15s.

Target Shootout History: The Target Chevy last appeared in the Bud Shootout in 2008 driven by Reed Sorenson when he drove to a fifth place finish. In three Bud Shootouts, the Target car has never placed outside the top-20. This will mark Montoya's first appearance in the Bud Shootout.

Special Paint Scheme for the Shootout: The Target team will run a reverse Target paint scheme for their appearance in the Bud Shootout. The white car will be decaled with red logo's to add additional flare to Montoya's first appearance in the show.

-source: egr

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