Phoenix: Casey Mears preview

TARGET TEAM FACTS: * Target Store Appearance: Come check out Casey Mears and his Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Sterling Marlin and Jamie McMurray on Thursday night before the race. The three Ganassi drivers will be signing autographs from 6-7pm...

TARGET TEAM FACTS:

* Target Store Appearance: Come check out Casey Mears and his Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Sterling Marlin and Jamie McMurray on Thursday night before the race. The three Ganassi drivers will be signing autographs from 6-7pm at the Target store located on Litchfield Rd in Goodyear Arizona on October 30th.

* Target Dodge: Team Target is taking chassis # 106 to Phoenix. This is the same car that placed 16th at Loudon and 28th and 41st (accident) at Richmond.

* Best Qualifying: Mears' best qualifying effort this season was a fourth place starting position at Chicagoland Speedway.

* Raybestos Rookie Teammates: Casey Mears and Jamie McMurray are the first teammate rookies to compete for Raybestos Rookie of the Year honors. Mears currently sits in third place in rookie points while McMurray leads the points.

* Leader: Mears became the first 2003 rookie to lead a lap and the only rookie to lead a lap in the Daytona 500.

Jimmy Elledge, Crew Chief for No.41 Quotes:

How did the test go in Phoenix?

"Well I think it went well. I think it was time well spent with the track changes that were made and I feel like it was a pretty decent test."

How do you like the track?

"It's a really cool place. It's fast, it gets slick when it gets hot and it's a pretty challenging track. I think the changes they have made are an improvement so I look forward to going out there."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Sterling Marlin , Casey Mears , Jamie McMurray
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing