Navy Team Facts: Debut: David Stremme will be making his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup debut this weekend in the No. 39 Navy "Accelerate Your Life" Dodge. It is also the first foray into the NEXTEL Cup Series for Stremme's sponsor the United States Navy.
Navy Team Facts:
Debut: David Stremme will be making his NASCAR NEXTEL Cup debut this weekend in the No. 39 Navy "Accelerate Your Life" Dodge. It is also the first foray into the NEXTEL Cup Series for Stremme's sponsor the United States Navy. Stremme currently pilots the No. 14 Navy Dodge in the NASCAR Busch Series and sits eighth in the championship points standings.
Chicagoland: Stremme has just one start at Chicagoland Speedway in a Busch Series car. He started 11th last year and finished 34th after a vibration forced him behind the wall. Stremme and the No. 39 team tested at Chicagoland June 20th and 21st in preparation for his NEXTEL Cup debut.
Atop the pit box: Lee McCall will serve as Stremme's crew chief this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. McCall joined Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates at the beginning of the 2001 season to lead the No. 40 team. McCall amassed five wins as a crew chief at Chip Ganassi Racing, four with Sterling Marlin and one with Jamie McMurray.
Chassis: McCall and the Navy team will be bringing chassis #405 to Chicago this weekend. Stremme tested this chassis at Chicagoland two weeks ago. This chassis was run twice last season by the No. 40 team at Fontana and Kansas.
Double duty: This is the first of four races where Stremme will be running both the NASCAR Busch Series and the NEXTEL Cup races. He will also be piloting a NEXTEL Cup car for Chip Ganassi Racing, in addition to his Busch Series obligations, at Richmond, Charlotte and Homestead this season.
David Stremme Quote:
"I can't begin to explain how excited I am about this opportunity," Stremme said. "Racing in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series has been something I've been working for my whole life, and to have that opportunity is realizing a dream for me. I've been extremely fortunate to be associated with the United States Navy in the NASCAR Busch Series and I'm honored and humbled to be able to make my Cup debut representing them."
Lee McCall Quote:
"Our test session went real well," said McCall. "We spent most of the time trying to get him acclimated with the Cup cars. The Cup cars are heavier, and the shorter spoiler is a huge difference from what Stremme is used to driving. We have three goals this weekend, and I don't think they are unreasonable. First and foremost we want to qualify the Navy Dodge for the race. After that, we want to earn the respect of the other drivers and finish the race in the top 20."