Chicagoland: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

David Stremme and the No. 40 TUMS Dodge Team Facts: * Heartburn and Indigestion No More: At least not for the No. 40 TUMS Dodge driver David Stremme. Stremme's No. 40 Dodge Charger will feature a stunning new blue design that showcases TUMS...

David Stremme and the No. 40 TUMS Dodge Team Facts:

* Heartburn and Indigestion No More: At least not for the No. 40 TUMS Dodge driver David Stremme. Stremme's No. 40 Dodge Charger will feature a stunning new blue design that showcases TUMS signature logo across the hood and both rear quarter panels. The rear of the Charger will feature TUMS trusted tablets. Fans and drivers should keep TUMS nearby this weekend for fast relief from the vibrant Chicago cuisine.

* Take Me Out to the Ball Game: After they are done racing at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) drivers Reed Sorenson, David Stremme and Juan Pablo Montoya will head out to Wrigley Field to take in the Chicago Cubs baseball game Monday night. Sorenson, Stremme and Montoya will roll up to the game in the No. 41 Wrigley's Juicy Fruit® Dodge, the No. 40 Wrigley's Winterfresh® Dodge and the No. 42 Wrigley's Big Red® Dodge that they will drive from the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company headquarters on Michigan Avenue. Sorenson is scheduled to throw out the first pitch and then Stremme and Montoya will join him in leading the baseball crowd to the seventh inning stretch song, "Take me out to the ball game." Game time for the Cubs is 7 p.m. ET Monday, July 16. The game will broadcast live on ESPN.

* Home Sweet Home: Well, close anyways. David Stremme will get a small glimpse of home this weekend at Chicago. Stremme grew up in South Bend. Ind., just a few hours away from the Chicagoland Speedway.

* Back to Green: David Stremme made his NASCAR Nextel Cup Series debut starting 31st in the No. 39 Dodge at Chicagoland Speedway in 2005. His 16th- place finish was his best of the four NEXTEL Cup Series starts that season. In 2006, Stremme finished 21st at Chicagoland in his first season as the full-time driver of the No. 40 Dodge.

Reed Sorenson and the No. 41 Target Dodge Team Facts:

* Good to the Last Drop!®: Maxwell House coffee, a brand of Kraft Foods, will have logo placement on the upper rear quarter panels of the No. 41 Target Dodge this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.

* NASCAR Performance: Target team crew chief Jimmy Elledge will be substituting for regular host Chad Knaus on NASCAR Performance while Knaus serves a six week suspension. Elledge's first show was last weekend at Daytona and the next four include Chicagoland, Indianapolis, Pocono and Watkins Glen. Each week, NASCAR Performance on SPEED provides a crew chief's technical perspective on the hottest NASCAR topics and a preview of that weekend's race. Elledge will accompany NEXTEL Cup Series crew chief Booty Barker and FOX race analyst Larry McReynolds live from the track each week.

* Points Update: The Target team is currently 29th in the overall NEXTEL Cup Series standings. The team is 117 points out of 25 and 240 outside of the top 20.

Juan Pablo Montoya and the No. 42 Wrigley's Big Red Dodge Team Facts:

* Wrigley's Weekend: Juan Pablo Montoya's No. 42 Dodge Charger will look a little different this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. His Dodge will carry the colors and logo of Wrigley's Big Red gum. It is the first of three races that Montoya will compete in the Big Red car.

* One year ago...: It was one year ago this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway that Team Owner Chip Ganassi stepped into the media center to let the sporting world know he had signed Montoya to drive his No. 42 Dodge this season.

* Standings: Montoya slipped two spots in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup standings following a 32nd-place finish at Daytona International Speedway. Montoya now sits 21st in the standings just 190 points out of 15th heading into this weekend's race at Chicagoland Speedway. Montoya and the team have one win, two top-five and three top-10 finishes this season.

* Illinois Native: Keith "Hoss" Armstrong, tire specialist for the No. 42 team, hails from Viola, Ill. Armstrong is the only person on the team that has the distinction of working with Montoya when he drove CART for Chip Ganassi Racing in 1999 and 2000. Armstrong was there for Montoya's CART Championship, his Indy 500 victory and his first NEXTEL Cup win at Infineon Raceway.

* Not quite Chicagoland... but: While Montoya has never competed at Chicagoland Speedway, he has raced in Chicago. Montoya competed in two CART races at Chicago Motor Speedway in Cicero, Ill., in 1999 and 2000. Montoya captured one of his five oval victories for Chip Ganassi Racing's open wheel team at the 1.029-mile track on August 22, 1999. He defeated current IndyCar Series point's leader Dario Franchitti to the flag by .783 seconds in the inaugural event for CART at the speedway.

* Rookie Race: Montoya leads David Ragan in the NEXTEL Cup Raybestos® Rookie standings by 12 points after the 18th race of the 2007 NEXTEL Cup season. Montoya has captured rookie of the race honors in seven races so far this season.

-credit: cgr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Chip Ganassi Racing