No. 40 TEAM FACTS:
Testing 1,2,3: David Stremme and the Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon crew visited Kentucky Speedway earlier this week in preparation for the 267-lap event this weekend at Kansas Speedway.
Montoya, Welcome Aboard!: CGRFS announced Monday Juan Pablo Montoya has been released from his Formula One contract and officially joined the world of stock car racing, beginning with the ARCA/ReMAX Series test session at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway earlier this week. Montoya is also scheduled to test with the ARCA/ReMAX Series at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa this Friday, September 29. Ganassi announced in July Montoya had signed a multi-year deal with the CGRFS organization to compete in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series beginning in 2007. When the Colombia, South America, native assumes driving duties of the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger next season, he will be the first Formula 1 regular to go NEXTEL Cup racing full-time. Stay connected to www.chipganassiracing.com for further news and updates.
Knowing Kansas: Stremme has two Busch Series starts at Kansas Speedway. He started inside the top-10 and finished within the top-five in 2004 but last season he had some trouble early on in the race that ended his day on lap four. His average start is 18th and his average finish is 23rd.
Rookie Ranks: Stremme is currently sixth in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings. With 144 points, he is 119 points behind leader Denny Hamlin and only 33 points behind fifth-place Martin Truex Jr.
NASCAR NEXTEL Cup points standings: Stremme is currently 34th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup driver standings and the No. 40 Dodge is 34th in the owner standings. There are now eight races remaining in the 2006 season.
David Stremme Quotes:
"We had a really good test at Kentucky this week. We took our brand new car that we are racing this week at Kansas and shook it down for the weekend. The guys have worked hard on it and we are all really excited to go racing this weekend and we are looking for another strong finish."