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No. 40 TEAM FACTS: * California Native: Rear Tire Changer Daryl Lockyer is a native of California from the Los Angeles area. He has been a tire changer for 12 years and he has been a member of the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates...

No. 40 TEAM FACTS:

* California Native: Rear Tire Changer Daryl Lockyer is a native of California from the Los Angeles area. He has been a tire changer for 12 years and he has been a member of the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates team for the past year-and-a-half. Growing up 30 minutes from the California Speedway, he says his favorite food is In & Out Burger and before joining the NASCAR ranks he built cars for fellow California native Ron Hornaday Jr. He also recalls Kevin Harvick from his local racing days.

* 2006 Sponsors: The No. 40 Dodge Charger will sport both the Coors Light and Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon logos this season. The two will serve as the primary sponsors for 17 races each, and as associate sponsors for the other 19 races. Coors Light will officially begin its season this weekend at California Speedway.

* Chassis: Crew Chief Jeff Vandermoss and the No. 40 crew will be taking chassis No. 405 for the Auto Club 500 this weekend. David Stremme piloted this chassis twice last season at Chicagoland and Charlotte where he finished 16th and 36th respectively.

* Rookie Ranks: Stremme currently sits fourth in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings after his 28th-place effort in the Daytona 500. Stremme, with eight points, is eight points behind leader Clint Boyer.

* Coors Appearance: Stremme will be taking part in the Fontana Racefest this Thursday at California Speedway. He will be signing autographs at the track from 6-8 p.m. PT.

* California Stats: Stremme has made four Busch Series starts at California Speedway. His average starting position is 21st and his average finish is 20th.

David Stremme Quotes:

What did you think of your first Daytona 500 and what are your thoughts going to California?

"I am really happy with the way the No. 40 crew came together and finished the race. We had some transmission problems and sustained some damage but the whole crew came together and we brought the car home in one piece and finished the race. Everyone worked well together and I think we really had a great run. The Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon Dodge took a beating out in the draft but to bring home a 28th-place finish is not bad and hopefully we can go out and have some fun this weekend in California. The team's goal is a top-15 finish and I hope we can accomplish that. Obviously, I think we can finish higher but as long as we continue to meet our goals and run consistently we will be okay in the points standings."

What would be a good season in your mind?

"Obviously, it would be awesome if we made the Chase, to me that would be like winning the championship. I'd love to finish in the top-15 in points, being consistent every week, and obviously a win. That's something that I definitely want to do. I've won in everything that I've been in except the Busch Series. I've come close but I haven't been able to capitalize on it and a lot of that has to do with being with so many different teams. Being with an independent Busch team is tough because the Busch Series has become real competitive. When I look at this season, I want to be competitive and gain the respect of my fellow drivers."

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kevin Harvick , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Chip Ganassi , David Stremme
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing