Daytona II: Reed Sorenson preview

Target Team Fast Facts: Paint Scheme Change: The Target paint scheme will be switching to a primarily red scheme with a white Bullseye on the hood for the remainder of the season starting with the Pepsi 400 at Daytona. The scheme was first ...

Target Team Fast Facts:

Paint Scheme Change: The Target paint scheme will be switching to a primarily red scheme with a white Bullseye on the hood for the remainder of the season starting with the Pepsi 400 at Daytona. The scheme was first introduced during the night races this past May.

Restrictor-Plate Results: Sorenson has two starts in NEXTEL Cup and five in Busch Series competition at restrictor-plate tracks. His Cup finishes are 29th (Daytona) and 26th (Talladega). Sorenson has two top-10 finishes in the Busch Series, both coming at Daytona in Feb. of '05 and '06.

Testing 1,2,3: Sorenson, along with his Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates teammates and various other NEXTEL Cup teams tested at The Milwaukee Mile on Tues. and Wed. in preparation for the upcoming race at New Hampshire International Speedway and other relatively flat tracks on the circuit.

Chassis: Crew Chief Jimmy Elledge and the Target Team have selected chassis #602 for this weekend's NEXTEL Cup Series race. This is the same car the team used in the season opener at the 2.5-mile superspeedway (29th-place finish).

NEXTEL Cup Points Report: Sorenson and the Target team dropped one position to 21st in the overall standings after their 29th-place effort in the last event at Infineon Raceway. The team is 35 points out of 20th and 173 points out of the top 15.

Rookie Round Up: Sorenson is currently third in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings with 144 points. He trails leader Denny Hamlin by 41 points. Sorenson has captured rookie of the race honors in three of the 16 races run thus far in '06 (Atlanta -- 10th-place finish, Martinsville -- 12th, Michigan -- fifth).

Busch Series Update: Sorenson is 18th in the overall Busch Series driver standings and he is 83 points out of 15th place. Sorenson missed last weekend's race in Milwaukee to focus on his NEXTEL Cup Series efforts at Infineon Raceway. CGRFS teammate David Stremme piloted the car to a 26th-place finish. Sorenson returns to the seat of the Discount Tire Dodge this weekend in Daytona.

Reed Sorenson on Daytona...

"I've been looking forward to returning to Daytona since the season-opener. We were running about 11th on the last lap and cut a tire coming to the checkered flag which cost us a great finish. We're bringing the same car back and I expect it to be equally as good on Saturday night. I've got a couple more restrictor-plate races under my belt since then and I'm starting to get a better feel for how to work the draft."

Sorenson on the First Part of the Season...

"I feel pretty good about how the Target team has performed up to this point. Of course I'd like to have some better final results, but overall I'm pleased with where we are at this stage of the season and where we are headed. I'm a rookie driver working with a new team and it takes time to develop the communication. Jimmy (Elledge) and myself, along with the entire crew, are make huge strides each week and it's starting to show. We've had strong cars at a majority of the races thus far, but had different things keep us from getting the finishes we've deserved at times. It's all luck and hopefully we've got the bad luck behind us. I expect many great things to happen for this team during the second half."

-cgr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Chip Ganassi , David Stremme , Reed Sorenson , Felix Sabates
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing