Chip Ganassi Racing and Jamie McMurray Bound for Mexico City No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge to Make NASCAR Busch Series Debut Concord, N.C., (February 9, 2005) -- Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates will venture south-of-the-border this...
Chip Ganassi Racing and Jamie McMurray Bound for Mexico City
No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge to Make NASCAR Busch Series Debut
Concord, N.C., (February 9, 2005) -- Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates will venture south-of-the-border this season when Jamie McMurray pilots the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge at the Telcel-Motorola 200 in Mexico City on March 6.
The 80-lap event heralds not only the historic return of road course racing for the NASCAR Busch Series but a notable event for team and sponsor as well: the inaugural Busch Series entry for the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge.
"I'm thrilled to be a part of Texaco/Havoline's storied history in motorsports as it embarks on its 18th year in racing," McMurray said. "It's exciting to find unique ways to further promote the Texaco/Havoline brand and to participate in such a memorable event for NASCAR. Chip and Felix continue to give me all the resources I need to win, and with unbeatable Dodge power under the hood and Donnie Wingo calling the shots from the pit box, I'm ready to put our Charger in Victory Lane."
As a runner-up to race winner Jeff Gordon at Sonoma and having received 13th-place honors at Watkins Glen in 2004, McMurray and current Nextel Cup Crew Chief Donnie Wingo boast impressive 2004 road course statistics. The team will undoubtedly rely on last year's knowledge and successful performance as it competes to capture the winning laurels at the 2.786-mile Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez venue.
"Whether offering new innovations with our products or being first at the race track, Texaco/Havoline has always been a leader," said Craig Duncan, Vice President, North American Lubricants, ChevronTexaco. "It is exciting to us to be able to continue in that tradition by participating in our first Busch race with the #42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge, as well as being able to extend our message to the international racing community."
As NASCAR expands its fan base beyond its borders and reaches out to international racing fans, owner Chip Ganassi views their entry as a chance to back an important NASCAR initiative as well as McMurray's bid for the 2005 Nextel Championship title.
"This is a great opportunity to support NASCAR's progressive plan, and we look forward to forging a relationship with a budding market," team owner Chip Ganassi said. "Our team is committed to Texaco/Havoline's growth and Jamie's success, and the international exposure for our sponsors and added seat time for Jamie will prove to be beneficial for both."
"Racing traditions run deep in Mexico, and I'm proud that NASCAR is embracing the international community," team owner Felix Sabates said. "It's a positive step in reaching out to such an enthusiastic motorsports fan base, and I'm excited about the possibility of Jamie and our race team being the first in history to win a NASCAR Busch Series event on foreign soil."
The Telcel-Motorola 200 is the third race on the 2005 Busch Series schedule and boasts the richest purse at two million dollars. The event will be televised on FOX at 3 p.m. EST and broadcast on MRN affiliates nationwide.