Chicagoland: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

Reed Sorenson and the No. 41 Target/Maxwell House Dodge (NSCS) Last Weekend's Results: Reed Sorenson drove his No. 41 Polaroid Dodge to a 22nd-place finish under the lights at Daytona in the halfway mark of the 2008 season. He started the...

Reed Sorenson and the No. 41 Target/Maxwell House Dodge (NSCS)

Last Weekend's Results: Reed Sorenson drove his No. 41 Polaroid Dodge to a 22nd-place finish under the lights at Daytona in the halfway mark of the 2008 season. He started the night in the 39th position and was confident early on with the handling of the car. He drove the car as high as 17th but was involved in a late-race incident on the last lap that relegated him outside the top 20.

Chicago History: Sorenson will be making his third start at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend. In 2006, Sorenson scored his best finish of seventh place there. He finished 12th in last year's NSCS Chicagoland event. His average NSCS start at the track is 20th and average finish is 9.5. In the Nationwide garage, Sorenson has three top-15 finishes in all three of his NNS starts.

In the Points: After this weekend's event at the Daytona International Speedway, the No. 41 Dodge is 32nd in the NSCS owner points. The team trails 25th-place Casey Mears by 243 points. With a current tally of 1,426, Sorenson is also 32nd in the overall NSCS driver standings.

Juan Pablo Montoya and the No. 42 Wrigley's™ Juicy Fruit® Dodge (NSCS)

Sweet Ride: The No. 42 Dodge will once again carry the signature yellow scheme of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit gum for this weekend's race at Chicagoland Speedway. Montoya's sponsor the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company is headquartered in downtown Chicago, where Montoya will visit with Wrigley associates this Wednesday. He also plans to visit its research center.

Take Me out to the Ballgame: Montoya and the No. 42 crew will be heading to Wrigley Field Wednesday night to watch the Cubs take on the Cincinnati Reds. Montoya and his Crew Chief Brian Pattie will take to the pitcher's mound before the game so Pattie can throw out the ceremonial first pitch. The No. 42 crew will be at the game along with the No. 42 Juicy Fruit Dodge. Montoya and Pattie will also test their vocal abilities as the two lead the crowd in singing the seventh inning stretch song "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."

Chicago: Montoya will be making his second start at Chicagoland Speedway this Saturday. He finished 15th in last year's race. A tight-handling No. 42 Wrigley's Big Red® Dodge seemed to hamper a good portion of Montoya's run in the 2007 USG Sheetrock 400. One of the first words Montoya used to describe his race car was "tight," and that word plagued the team throughout the 400-mile race. By the end of the run, the team capitalized on fast pit stops, long green-flag runs and on-track maneuvering to close out the weekend with a 15th-place finish.

About last week: This past Saturday, Montoya and the Juicy Fruit Dodge were involved in a lap 70 incident with Greg Biffle after Biffle's car got tight while racing under the No. 42 at Daytona International Speedway (DIS). Biffle's car drifted up into the Juicy Fruit Dodge forcing it into the wall. The damage sent the No. 42 into the garage for repairs. The No. 42 team fixed the damaged car and had it back on track in just 24 laps. Montoya went on to finish the Coke Zero 400 in the 38th position.

Meet Montoya: Montoya will be making an appearance at a local Jewel-Osco store in Chicago this Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The store is located at 177E. Roosevelt in West Chicago. Montoya will sign autographs for fans alongside his No. 42 Juicy Fruit Dodge.

Dario Franchitti and the No. 40 Fastenal Dodge (NNS)

Dario at Chicago: Dario Franchitti will make his first NNS start this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. However, the driver of the No. 40 Fastenal Dodge does have some experience at the track. He has made three IndyCar starts there. The last time he raced at Chicagoland, he wrapped up the 2007 IndyCar Championship by grabbing the pole and winning the season finale race last September. In open-wheel, his average start at the Illinois track is fifth and his average finish is 11th.

The No. 40 at Daytona: Bryan Clauson and his No. 40 Fastenal Dodge team celebrated the July Fourth Holiday by winning the young driver's career first NNS pole. Clauson had a strong car going into Friday night's event but fought for drafting help. In the closing laps, the typical superspeedway shuffle took place and relegated Clauson to a 19th-place finish.

Clauson on the Pole: Congrats go out to Clauson, who grabbed his first career NNS pole at Daytona in only his 18th career stock car start.

Happy Birthday, Brad Parrott: CGRFS would like to send birthday greetings to our very own Brad Parrott, crew chief for the No. 40 Fastenal Dodge. The veteran crew chief will turn 41 years old this Sunday, July 13.


No. 41 Target/Maxwell House Dodge (NSCS): Chassis #634. Sorenson will be making his second start with chassis #634 this season. Sorenson previously drove it at Lowe's Motor Speedway this past May and Montoya drove it to a 15th-place finish at Bristol this past March.

No. 42 Juicy Fruit Dodge (NSCS): Chassis #815. This chassis has made two starts in NSCS competition, including Pocono this past June and Texas in April. However, this will only be the second time chassis #815 will be used by the No. 42 team. Sorenson piloted this car at Texas earlier this season before Montoya drove it at Pocono.

No. 40 Fastenal Dodge (NNS): Chassis #653. The No. 40 Fastenal Dodge team is using this car for the eighth time this season. Its best start and finish came in Las Vegas earlier this season with Franchitti in the driver's seat. Franchitti qualified the car in the sixth position and then finished just the same--in sixth place. The car has exhibited an average start and finish of 17th place.

-credit: cgr

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