Indianapolis: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

David Stremme and the No. 40 Target Dodge Team Facts: * Seeing Double: Celebrating an 18-year partnership and rich racing history together that includes a win (2000, Montoya-IRL) and a pole (2004, Mears-NNCS) at Indianapolis Motor...

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

* Seeing Double: Celebrating an 18-year partnership and rich racing history together that includes a win (2000, Montoya-IRL) and a pole (2004, Mears-NNCS) at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS), CGRFS will be running two Target Dodges in the Brickyard 400. Reed Sorenson and the No. 41 crew will be sporting their usual paint scheme, while David Stremme and the No. 40 team will run the exact opposite color scheme.

* There is no Place like Home: Indiana native Stremme will be racing in front of a Hoosier crowd as he makes his homecoming to Indiana. Stremme grew up in South Bend, Ind. just a few hours north of the Brickyard.

* Downtown Demo Driving: Stremme along with teammates Juan Pablo Montoya and Reed Sorenson were let loose on the streets of Chicago during the Chicagoland race weekend driving streetgoing replicas of their NASCAR cars. Stremme, Montoya, and Sorenson were in town through Monday to attend the Chicago Cubs game and sing 'Take me out to the ball game" for a Wrigley's chewing gum appearance event.

* Standings Update: Stremme and the No. 40 car finished 34th at Chicagoland after suffering a pit lane drive through penalty coupled with mechanical issues that ultimately forced the team out of contention 10 laps shy of the full race distance. The No. 40 team is currently 25th in the NNCS point standings and is -470 markers back of the 12th and final transfer spot in the chase for the NEXTEL Cup.

* Chassis Selection: Crew chief Steve Lane and the team have selected chassis #621 for this weekend's Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. This weekend will be the fourth time #621 takes to the track this season helping the team grab three top-20 finishes.

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

* Seeing Double: Celebrating an 18-year partnership and rich racing history together that includes a win (2000, Montoya-IRL) and a pole (2004, Mears-NNCS) at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS), Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates will be running two Target Dodges in the Brickyard 400. Sorenson and the No. 41 crew will be sporting their usual paint scheme, while David Stremme and the No. 40 team will run the exact opposite color scheme.

* Record-Breaking Ride: The Target team will be using the same chassis (#402) that Casey Mears used to break, and still holds, the track record with at IMS on Aug. 7, 2004. He turned a lap of 48.311 secs/186.293 mph. He scored the pole at Pocono Raceway with the same chassis the week prior. Sorenson has not raced the car this season, but he ran it twice in 2006 finishing inside of the top 10 both times (Chicagoland -- seventh, Michigan -- eighth).

* Sorenson Wins at Gateway: Sorenson snapped a 61-race winless streak by capturing the victory in the NASCAR Busch Series race at Gateway International Raceway on Sat., July 21. Sorenson's last victory in the series came at the track in 2005.

* Indiana Hoosier: Target team mechanic and rear tire changer Jason Sheets hails from Indianapolis. He has been with CGRFS for 3½ years and previously worked for Andy Petree Racing. Sheets' brother Tim aka "Pop Tart" also works in the NEXTEL Cup Series changing front tires for the No. 43 car.

* Six Wins in 30 Days: Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Inc. (CGR) recorded six wins over the past 30 days in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, Busch, IndyCar and Grand-Am Series competition. Starting with Juan Pablo Montoya's historic NEXTEL Cup Series win at Infineon Raceway on June 24, CGR Teams have gone on to win three-consecutive IndyCar races with Scott Dixon (Watkins Glen -- July 8, Nashville -- July 15, Mid-Ohio -- July 22), a Grand-Am race with Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas at Iowa on July 15 and a NASCAR Busch Series event with Reed Sorenson at Gateway International Raceway on July 21. This is the organizations best stretch since its inception (1990-2007).

* Lauletta Joins CGRFS: On Tues., July 17 CGRFS announced Steve "Jake" Lauletta as its president, overseeing all aspects of Ganassi Racing's business and marketing operations including both its Concord and Indianapolis facilities. Prior to joining CGRFS Lauletta enjoyed a successful 11-year career at Miller Brewing Company and most recently served as president of Radiate Sports, the sports marketing division of Omnicom's The Radiate Group.

* Points Update: The Target team is currently 28th in the overall NEXTEL Cup Series standings. The team is 51 points out of 25th and 217 outside of the top 20.

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

* A familiar place: Juan Pablo Montoya will make history on Sunday by becoming the first driver to compete in all three major events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway: the Indianapolis 500, the United States Grand Prix and the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. Montoya has six starts in the Grand Prix, with a top finish of fourth, and one start in the Indy 500.

* The Juan and only: When the green flag waves for the Brickyard 400 at IMS, Montoya will be the only Indianapolis 500 winner in the 43-car field. A few other current NASCAR drivers have raced in the famed Indy 500 but only Montoya has his face engraved on the Borg-Warner Trophy, one of the most recognizable trophies in all of sports. Montoya took the checkered flag in just his first and only attempt at the Indy 500 in 2000 driving for Team Owner Chip Ganassi's open wheel team. His margin of victory over runner-up finisher Buddy Lazier was 7.184 seconds. He also became the first rookie since Graham Hill in 1966 to win the 500-mile race.

* Standings: Montoya and the Texaco/Havoline team sit 20th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup standings following a 15th-place finish two weeks ago at Chicagoland Speedway. Montoya is now just 193 points out of 15th heading into this weekend's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Montoya and the team have one win, two top-five and three top-10 finishes this season.

* Ganassi's on a roll: Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Inc. (CGR) recorded six wins over the past 30 days in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, NASCAR Busch, IndyCar and Grand-Am Series competition. Starting with Montoya's historic NEXTEL Cup Series win at Infineon Raceway on June 24, CGR Teams have gone on to win three-consecutive IndyCar races with Scott Dixon (Watkins Glen -- July 8, Nashville -- July 15, Mid-Ohio -- July 22), a Grand-Am race with Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas at Iowa on July 15 and a Busch Series event with Reed Sorenson at Gateway International Raceway on July 21.

* Rookie Race: Montoya leads David Ragan in the NEXTEL Cup Raybestos® Rookie standings by 14 points (196-182) after the 19th race of the 2007 NEXTEL Cup season. Montoya earned Rookie of the Race honors for the eighth time this season following a 15th-place run at Chicago. The top finish for a rookie at the Brickyard came in 2003 when driver Jamie McMurray piloted the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge to a third-place finish.

* Chassis: Crew Chief Donnie Wingo and the Texaco/Havoline team are bringing chassis #707 to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This will be the third race for chassis #707 this season. Montoya drove this car in the 600-mile race at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May where he started from the 20th position and finished 28th after being involved in a multi-car incident, and at Michigan International Speedway in June where he finished 43rd. The No. 42 crew rebuilt the chassis in preparation for Brickyard.

-credit: cgr

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