Watkins Glen III: CGR No. 02 car preview

NEW CENTURY HOPING TIDES WILL TURN IN THEIR FAVOR AT THE GLEN INDIANAPOLIS (September 20, 2005) -- For the third and final time this season, Cort Wagner and Stefan Johansson will strap into their 500hp no.02 New Century Mortgage Lexus-Riley at...

NEW CENTURY HOPING TIDES WILL TURN IN THEIR FAVOR AT THE GLEN

INDIANAPOLIS (September 20, 2005) -- For the third and final time this season, Cort Wagner and Stefan Johansson will strap into their 500hp no.02 New Century Mortgage Lexus-Riley at Watkins Glen International for this Saturday afternoon's Crown Royal 250 at The Glen. In two previous appearances this season for New Century Mortgage Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, the tandem scored fifth and seventh place finishes in the 6-hour and 200k formatted events, respectively.

Wagner, having for the most part cut his teeth on tracks in California, interestingly enough favors the circuit situated in the northeastern region of the country, and hopes the third time will be a charm for the team in round 11 of the Rolex Sports Car Series.

"For me, Watkins Glen represents the best track in North America," said Wagner, who stands fifth in the championship with 251 points. "It's a real driver's track where the Ganassi cars have always run up front. I'm looking forward to our continued success, and climbing the championship rankings again this Saturday."

Wagner's co-driver Johansson calls California home now as well, and the Vaxjo, Sweden native too shares a high regard for the facility based in the Finger Lake region's unspoiled countryside.

"Watkins Glen is a very famous and historic track that has challenged the world's best drivers for many years," said Johansson. "This is a track we're very familiar with, so I'm fairly optimistic heading into this weekend."

Fans of New Century Mortgage Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates can catch the no.02 New Century Mortgage Lexus-Riley in action at the Crown Royal 250 at The Glen Saturday, September 24th (LIVE, SPEED Channel, 3:00 pm ET) at Watkins Glen International for Round 12 of the Rolex Sports Car Series. Follow the team's progress throughout the race weekend by logging on to the Rolex Sports Car Series website at www.grandamerican.com for free live timing, and keep up with the team's successes throughout the 2005 season by logging onto the official website at www.chipganassiracing.com for news, features, photos and much more.

About New Century Mortgage Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates

Founded in January 2005, Indianapolis-based New Century Mortgage Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates fields the no.02 New Century Mortgage Lexus-Riley in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype class for accomplished international racer Stefan Johansson and 2002-2003 Rolex Series GT Champion Cort Wagner.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Stefan Johansson , Chip Ganassi , Felix Sabates , Cort Wagner
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Chip Ganassi Racing