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Casey Mears will Run Special Target House Scheme in California Target House Team Facts: * Target House: Casey Mears will run a special Target House paint scheme this weekend for the Pop Secret 500. Target House, funded by...

Casey Mears will Run Special Target House Scheme in California

Target House Team Facts:

* Target House: Casey Mears will run a special Target House paint scheme this weekend for the Pop Secret 500. Target House, funded by Target Stores and vendor and celebrity partner contributions, is an innovative approach to long-term housing for families whose children are receiving life-saving treatment at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Mears will also be wearing a special helmet designed by Josh Oehl, a current resident of Target House.

Mears will drive a Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates entry in the Target House 300 Busch Series race on Saturday. Olympic figure skating champion and Target House spokesman Scott Hamilton will serve as Grand Marshall for the race.

* Lights, camera, action: Not only will Mears be preparing for two races this weekend at California, but he will be shooting an appearance in a movie and two television programs. Mears, along with six other NASCAR drivers, will be filming cameo appearances in the Walt Disney Picture Herbie: Fully Loaded at California Speedway on Friday. The picture stars Lindsey Lohan, Matt Dillon and Michael Keaton.

The No. 41 Target Team, including Mears, crew chief Jimmy Elledge, engineer Tim Smith, tire specialist Doug Spees and mechanic Eric "Pee Wee" Hoyle, will be matching wits against the No. 22 team on Wednesday in the taping of NASCAR Week on Family Feud.

Mears and his home will be featured on MTV Cribs, the most exciting way for fans to peep into their favorite celebrities' homes without getting slapped with a restraining order! MTV will film at his home next week and his segment will be aired later this year.

* Championship Standings: Mears and the Target team held onto the 16th spot in the NASCAR Nextel Cup standings for the fifth consecutive week.

* Chassis: Crew chief Jimmy Elledge is bringing chassis #306 to California Speedway this weekend, the same chassis that Mears piloted to an eighth-place finish at California in May.

Casey Mears Quotes:

On California... "This is a huge weekend for me and the children of Target House," said Mears. "We are running a special Target House paint scheme on the No. 41 Dodge this weekend. Target House is just an amazing facility. I had the privilege of visiting St. Jude Children's Hospital and Target House and was completely overwhelmed. Everyone from the staff, to the children and their families have such an amazing outlook on life that it is inspiring.

"We ran well at California in May, so hopefully we will have similar, if not better, results this weekend. Anytime I come back to the west coast , it adds a little extra excitement for me. Knowing a successful run will bring smiles to the children back in Memphis gives me extra incentive."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Casey Mears , Chip Ganassi , Felix Sabates
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing