Daytona 500 Winner: Jamie McMurray is fresh off the biggest win of his career, the world renowned Daytona 500. McMurray led the final two laps in the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet holding off a late race charge from Dale Earnhardt...
Daytona 500 Winner: Jamie McMurray is fresh off the biggest win of his career, the world renowned Daytona 500. McMurray led the final two laps in the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet holding off a late race charge from Dale Earnhardt Jr. to cross the start/finish line in first. The win came in McMurray's first race back with owners Chip Ganassi and Felix Sabates, making Ganassi the only team owner besides Roger Penske to win the Daytona 500, the Indianapolis 500 and the Rolex 24 At Daytona. In addition it becomes the fourth Daytona 500 win for the Dale Earnhardt organization which also captured victories with Michael Waltrip in 2001 and 2003 and with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in 2004.
California History: McMurray will be making his 14th NSCS start at the Auto Club Speedway. He has a best start of third just last year in the spring race. His best finish of fourth (twice) came in 2004 and 2005 when he previously raced for Chip Ganassi. He has also led 43 laps at the two-mile oval.
Bass Pro Shopping: In honor of the Daytona 500 victory, Bass Pro Shops is offering special shipping for their online shoppers this week. For any purchase over $100 shipping will be only $1.
Making Appearances: Daytona 500 winner Jamie McMurray will be making some appearances while out on the west coast this weekend. He will be at the Bass Pro Shops location in Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday, February 18th from 6:00 -- 8:00 pm and at the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing merchandise trailer at-track on Sunday, February 21st from 8:30 -- 9:00 am signing autographs.
West-Coast Native: Mechanic Sammy Gonzales grew up in Mission Hills, California just 70 miles east of Auto Club Speedway.
Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Target Team
California History: Juan Pablo Montoya will be making his seventh NSCS start at the Auto Club Speedway on Sunday afternoon. Montoya is coming off a track-best finish from the final visit in 2009 where he started fourth and led for 78 laps before finishing third. He had previously only led for one lap with a best finish of 11th in the first event of 2009.
Last week in Daytona: After a strong performance in the Gatorade Dual, Montoya placed the No. 42 Target machine in the eighth position for the start of the Daytona 500. He would go on to lead two laps and run up in the top-10 for the majority of the 200 lap race. In a wild green/white/checker finish, the Target Chevrolet would finish the day in the 10th position.
Ticket Package: Auto Club Speedway and Montoya have teamed up for a special ticket package for the Auto Club 500 race. In honor of Juan's foundation, $42 will go toward Formula Smiles. For $142, the package includes a ticket to the race on Sunday, pre-race pit pass, a Montoya gift and an exclusive Q&A session with the driver of the No. 42 Target Chevrolet.
Team Recognition: Juan Pablo Montoya's over-the-wall crew won the Tissot Pit Road Precision Award after the Daytona 500. Montoya's No. 42 Target Chevrolet spent the least amount of time on pit road at Daytona International Speedway. The outstanding effort contributed to Montoya's top-10 finish in the Sprint Cup season-opener.
West-Coast Natives: One member of the Target team calls California his home state. Mechanic J.D. Frey grew up in Ferndale, (260 miles north of San Francisco) and has been involved in racing for the last 12 years.
Special Guests: Extreme Makeover -- Home Edition cast members John Littlefield and Ed Sanders will get some track time this weekend as they will be guests of the No. 42 Target team.
No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #31 Crew Chief Kevin "Bono" Manion and the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats team are bringing chassis #31 to Auto Club Speedway this weekend. This is a brand new chassis.
No. 42 Target Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #906 Pattie and the No. 42 Target team are bringing chassis #906 Auto Club Speedway this weekend. This is a brand new chassis.