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Casey Mears and No. 41 Target Dodge Target Team Facts: Championship Standings: Casey Mears and the Target Team moved up one spot in the NASCAR Nextel Cup championship standings to 16th, 223 points out of 10th. Mears finished 18th last weekend...

Casey Mears and No. 41 Target Dodge

Target Team Facts:

Championship Standings: Casey Mears and the Target Team moved up one spot in the NASCAR Nextel Cup championship standings to 16th, 223 points out of 10th. Mears finished 18th last weekend at Pocono after earning his first career-Nextel Cup pole.

Chassis: Crew chief Jimmy Elledge and the Target Team are bringing chassis #402 to the infamous Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend. This chassis is a favorite of the driver and crew as it has accumulated four of the seven top-10 finishes for the Target team this year.

IMS: Mears' debut in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series at Indianapolis last year was not quite what he was anticipated. He started 29th and went on to finish 28th at the track where his Uncle Rick visited victory lane at the Indy 500 four times, three of them after starting on the pole.

Casey Mears Quotes:

On Indy... "Indy is a place that will always be an important race to me," said Mears. "There is a family history there and Chip (Ganassi) has a history there. But, whether you are in an open-wheel car or a stock car, it's still Indianapolis. The Brickyard 400 doesn't get the publicity and the notoriety of the Indy 500, but is still one of the biggest races we run all year. There isn't a driver on the circuit that wouldn't want a win at Indy. It has been a dream of mine to run at the Brickyard since I was a kid, I just never imagined it would be in a stock car.

"Last year was a huge disappointment. I wanted to come out of the gate and run so well there that when we struggled it was tough to take. We tested a few weeks ago and it wasn't a great test, but I think we will run much better this year. We are taking my favorite car this weekend, so I only expect good things. The team knows how important this race is to me and how important it is as a team to run well. We sat on the pole last weekend and ran up front for most of the race, now we just need to build on that and get that first top five out of the way. Once you start getting top fives, a win is just around the corner."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Casey Mears