Watkins Glen: Casey Mears preview

Casey Mears and No. 41 Target Dodge Target Team Facts: * Watkins Glen: Casey Mears earned his career-best finish at Watkins Glen International last season in the No. 41 Target Dodge. He, with the help of great pit...

Casey Mears and No. 41 Target Dodge

Target Team Facts:

* Watkins Glen: Casey Mears earned his career-best finish at Watkins Glen International last season in the No. 41 Target Dodge. He, with the help of great pit strategy and stops by the Target team, finished fourth at the 2.45-mile road course. Mears will be making his third start at the upstate New York track this weekend.

* Seeing Double: Road racing ace Scott Pruett will pilot a fourth NEXTEL Cup entry for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. Pruett will attempt to qualify the No. 39 Target Dodge for his fourth Cup race at Watkins Glen International. Pruett has one top-five and two top-10 finishes at The Glen, including a runner-up finish in a Target car in 2003.

* Chassis: Crew chief Jimmy Elledge and the Target team are heading north with road course chassis #410 for the Sirius Satellite Radio at the Glen. Mears piloted this chassis last year to a fourth-place finish, and tested it at the track two weeks ago.

* New York Natives: The Target Team has two members who hail from upstate New York. Team manager Andy Graves and rear-tire carrier Alex Yonchok are both from Syracuse, N.Y.

* Standings: Mears and the Target team moved up to 24th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup championship standings after a solid sixth-place effort last weekend in Indianapolis. The team improved from its starting position by 34 spots during the famed event at the Brickyard.

Casey Mears Quote:

On Watkins Glen... "I really enjoy the road course races," said Mears. "We tested at the Glen a few weeks ago, but we only got about 3 hours of track time. We weren't able to get a read on the car, but we have a good baseline off of last year and how well we ran.

"The Glen suits my driving style much better than Sonoma. The speeds are much quicker at The Glen, and that's the type of road-course racing I'm used to because you carry so much more momentum off the corners. It also has a ton of grip, so the track is more consistent and the tires don't fall off the way they do at Sonoma. Overall, it just makes it much easier to pass so the racing action is better."

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Casey Mears , Scott Pruett , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing