No. 41 NicoDerm CQ Smart Control Team Fast Facts: Smart Control at Bristol: The No. 41 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) Busch entry will take on a new look this weekend at Bristol Motor Speeedway to represent NicoDerm CQ ...
No. 41 NicoDerm CQ Smart Control Team Fast Facts:
Smart Control at Bristol: The No. 41 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) Busch entry will take on a new look this weekend at Bristol Motor Speeedway to represent NicoDerm CQ Smart Control--which is a GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) nicotine patch that helps smokers, who wish to quit smoking, work through their withdrawal from nicotine. The special paint scheme is the third run of a five-race partnership between GSK and the CGRFS Busch team. One of the GSK stop smoking products--Nicorette, NicoDerm CQ and Commit--can be seen on board with Reed Sorenson every weekend as an associate sponsor, but NicoDerm CQ Smart Control will take center stage on the No. 41 Dodge this Friday. This is GSK's second season as a sponsor of CGRFS.
First in NASCAR History: The entire partnership between GSK and CGRFS is part of the only smoking cessation sponsorship in NASCAR history that features the brands Nicorette nicotine gum, NicoDerm CQ nicotine patches and Commit nicotine lozenges. This unique NASCAR sponsorship also features the first-of-its-kind "QUIT Crew" program that provides quit smoking counseling to NASCAR teams and fans. More than 140 NASCAR team members, officials and media, including several from the CGRFS organization, have enrolled in the program. Free quit smoking counseling and the No. 41 NicoDerm CQ race simulator have visited numerous NASCAR races this year and will be at Bristol this weekend. For more information, go to quit2winracing.com.
41 is a Top-10 Team: After finishing seventh in last Saturday's Busch race at Michigan International Speedway (MIS), the No. 41 CGRFS Busch team moved up to ninth in the NASCAR Busch Series owner standings with a total tally of 2,723. Sorenson took one step up into 11th place with 2,638 points and is only 46 points out of the 10th-place position in the Busch driver standings.
Sorenson comments on heading BACK TO BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY: "Racing at Bristol is always fun, but is a lot more fun if you're car is good and our Busch car was in March. We had a really good run up to almost the very end there, and then that notorious 'Bristol domino effect' happened. I am not sure what started it all but I know we were running around eighth place and cars started checking up. I got the car slowed down but the guy behind me didn't so I went spinning around on the track. Luckily, I kept the car off the wall and was able to finish the race but definitely not where we should've finished. We only had about 50 laps left in the race to recover from the setback, which at Bristol isn't much time.
"That race in March was just kind of crazy, too, because of the snow, but we had a good time with it. Some of the guys on my team built a snow man that was pretty famous by the end of the night but it was fun and definitely a first for me to see that at the track."
"The thing about Bristol is when your car gets a little bit off, it's a hand full and it is very easy to get into some interesting situations there, but I learned a lot there in March, especially in the Cup race. Our car was tore up pretty bad and we still ended the race okay. It is just a really small place where the smallest or most simple mistake can turn your run upside down."