Texaco/Havoline Racing Fast Facts: Chassis: Crew Chief Donnie Wingo and the Texaco/Havoline team are bringing chassis ...
Texaco/Havoline Racing Fast Facts:
Chassis: Crew Chief Donnie Wingo and the Texaco/Havoline team are bringing chassis #403 to compete in the Auto Club 500 at California Speedway. McMurray finished eighth in Chassis #403 at the UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The chassis was the back-up for the October 16, 2004, event and is the only time it has appeared on-track.
McMurray Notes: McMurray heads into California Speedway sitting 32nd in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup points. Despite running in the top-10 for most of the 47th running of the Daytona 500 and looking like a contender for the win, McMurray encountered bad luck again for the fifth-straight year at the famed track when he was involved in a 10-car accident on lap 184. Although his crew quickly repaired the Charger's body damage and broken oil cooler, the No. 42 Dodge retired to the garage on lap 192.
Media Alert: ChevronTexaco, in conjunction with McMurray and Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, will hold a press conference this Friday at 10 a.m. in the press conference room at California Speedway to announce ongoing financial and promotional support for the Autism Society of America (ASA) via its "Driving Autism Awareness" campaign during the 2005 NASCAR racing season and unveiling a special paint scheme. A new primary and associate sponsor on the No. 42 NASCAR Nextel Cup Dodge driven by Jamie McMurray and the No. 41 NASCAR Busch Series Dodge piloted by Raybestos Rookie Candidate Reed Sorenson will also be announced and unveiled.
2004 "Drive for a Cure": Last season, McMurray, ChevronTexaco and Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates raised more than $28,000 to benefit the Autism Society of America during the 2004 "Drive for a Cure."
California Stats: McMurray holds two top-fives and one top-15 finish in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup competition at the two-mile oval.
California Natives: Scott Myers, the front tire carrier and shock specialist on the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline team, is a native of Modesto, California.
The Joplin, Mo. native finished 11th in points in the 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series chase posting nine top-five and 23 top-10 finishes, including 12 top-10 finishes in the last 14 events of the 2004 season.
Jamie McMurray Quotes:
Thoughts on the "Driving Autism Awareness" Program: "I'm personally very passionate about expanding the campaign partnership this year with the Autism Society of America," McMurray said. "ChevronTexaco created this program last year to support my interest in autism. This charity hits very close to home for me because my niece is autistic, and because I know so many other individuals and families who are affected by it. The team and I are more motivated than ever this racing season to lead as many laps as possible to contribute to this worthy cause."