Kansas: Reed Sorenson preview

Target Team Fast Facts: Building Momentum: Sorenson and the Target team rank 15th among their NEXTEL competitors in best performances over the last six races. The team has accumulated 667 points over the last six races, 10 of which are...

Target Team Fast Facts:

Building Momentum: Sorenson and the Target team rank 15th among their NEXTEL competitors in best performances over the last six races. The team has accumulated 667 points over the last six races, 10 of which are bonus points rewarded for leading laps at California and Dover. The team ranks above the No. 48 team (650) over the last six events, which entered the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup in second place.

Sorenson Puts on the Brakes to Help Educate: This Thursday, leading into the NASCAR competition at Kansas Speedway and another special paint scheme weekend featuring NicoDerm CQ in the Busch Series event, Sorenson is planning to visit a local middle school in the Kansas City, Mo., area to help his sponsor GlaxoSmithKline and the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids communicate the educational message about the dangers of smoking. He will also help recognize some students for their efforts in increasing prevention and education about nicotine addiction. Note: Please contact the CGRFS media relations department for more information.

NEXTEL Cup Points Report: Sorenson and the No. 41 team moved up one position to 21st in the overall standings after their 11th-place finish in the last event at Dover. With a total of 2857 points, the team is 52 points out of 20th and 155 out of the top 15.

Rookie Round Up: Sorenson is currently third in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings with 190 points. He trails leader Denny Hamlin by 73 points and second place Clint Bowyer by 24. Sorenson has captured rookie of the race honors in five of the 27 races run thus far in '06 (Atlanta -- 10th, Martinsville -- 12th, Michigan -- fifth, Chicagoland -- seventh, Michigan 2 - eighth).

Busch Series Update: Sorenson maintained 10th in the overall Busch Series driver standings with his sixth-place run at Dover, and he is only eight points out of ninth heading into Kansas.

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 Columbia, 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.

Reed Sorenson on Kansas...

"I'm pretty excited about this weekend's race. We're taking the same car we almost won with at California, and we've got a new engine package we're trying out that I'm told has more torque. The car drove really well at California, and although it's a little bigger than Kansas both tracks have about the same banking. We'll probably unload with a similar setup and adjust on it to suit the track.

"The Target team is coming off a great run at Dover and we're all looking to repeat that performance this weekend. I know I keep saying it, but things really seem to be coming together. The last few weeks I've felt like we've had very competitive race cars, and it's a great feeling to go into a race thinking you can win."

-credit: cgr

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