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Reed Sorenson and the No. 41 Target Dodge Team (NSCS) Youngest Pole Winner in Indy History: After capturing the pole last year for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS), Sorenson became the youngest driver to win a pole for a...

Reed Sorenson and the No. 41 Target Dodge Team (NSCS)

Youngest Pole Winner in Indy History: After capturing the pole last year for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS), Sorenson became the youngest driver to win a pole for a major event at the 2.5-mile speedway at the age of 21 years old. He broke a record that stood for 72 years, held by Rex Mays who won the pole for the Indianapolis 500 in 1935 at 22 years of age.

Did you Know?: The Target team earned the pole last year using the same car with which Casey Mears used to break, and still holds, the track record at IMS on August 7, 2004. He turned a lap of 48.311 secs/186.293 mph.

1-2 Start: Being 1-2 at IMS is nothing new for Chip Ganassi Racing, Inc. (CGR). In last year's NSCS Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, Sorenson and Montoya saw a 1-2 combination with a pole-starting position and second-place start, respectively. This past May, Target teammates, Dixon and Weldon also sat 1-2 for the Indy 500. The two CGRFS cars look to continue that trend this weekend.

Target Opening: Reed Sorenson will take part in the grand opening of a Target Superstore in Charlotte, N.C., this Tuesday, July 22. Sorenson has been invited to officially open the store by cutting the ribbon with local Target executives. The store, which will employ over 350 people from the local area, will be open to the public next week.

In the Points: The 31st-place finish two weeks ago at Chicagoland Speedway kept Sorenson 32nd in the championship driver standings, with a total of 1496 points. The No. 41 entry is 32nd in the series' owner standings with 1545 points, 360 points out of the top 20.

Indiana Native: Target team mechanic and rear tire changer Jason Sheets hails from Indianapolis. He has been with CGRFS for more than four years and has been involved with NASCAR for nearly 10 years.

Bowling for Charity: Sorenson will participate in the Jeff Gordon Foundation Charity Bowling Tournament this Thursday night, July 24, in Indianapolis. Teammate Juan Pablo Montoya also plans to take part in the annual tournament which benefits Riley Hospital for Children.

Juan Pablo Montoya and the No. 42 Wrigley's™ Big Red® Slim Pack Dodge (NSCS)

Bold Ride: The No. 42 Dodge will sport the Wrigley's Big Red Slim Pack paint scheme this weekend for the Brickyard 400 at IMS. Indy will be the fifth time this season Montoya's car will carry the bold red colors of Big Red.

Indy History: Montoya made history last year by becoming the first driver to compete in all three major events at IMS the Indianapolis 500, the United States Grand Prix and the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. Montoya has six starts in the Grand Prix with a top finish of fourth, one start and win in the Indy 500 and last year's second-place effort in the Brickyard 400.

Indy in '07: Montoya, making his first trip around IMS in a stock car, drove the No. 42 Dodge to a runner-up finish in the 2007 Brickyard 400. Montoya started on the outside pole, which marked his career best Sprint Cup start at the time, next to teammate Reed Sorenson who earned his first career pole. Montoya ran in the top 10 for the entire 160-lap event before bringing home the second-place finish.

Bowling for Dollars: Montoya will participate in the 7th Annual Jeff Gordon Foundation Bowling Tournament benefiting Riley Hospital for Children this Thursday. The event begins at 4 p.m. at the Western Bowl approximately three miles from IMS. Montoya's teammate Reed Sorenson will also be bowling at the event.

2008 Standings: Montoya now sits 20th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup driver standings heading to IMS. He moved up one position after his 18th-place run at Chicagoland Speedway two weeks ago.

Montoya Quotes on Indy

"When I raced in the Brickyard 400 last year, it had been almost 10 years since I ran there on the oval. I honestly didn't remember that much about the track itself. So, I don't think I had a racing advantage from any other rookie at the track. You have to remember, even in Formula One we ran the course backwards so that completely erases anything I may have learned from the Indy 500.

"If an open-wheel driver has any advantage over another rookie that hasn't raced there before it's a mental advantage. The Indy 500 and the track hold so much prestige, that as a rookie that's never been there you could easily get overwhelmed by it like running your first Daytona 500. But having run the Indy 500 before, you already know what to expect and mentally you can handle the importance of racing across the bricks."

No. 42 Big Red Dodge (NSCS): Chassis #745. This will be Montoya's first time using chassis #745. However, it is not the first time it has been raced this season. Sorenson drove it at Bristol earlier this season.

-credit: cgr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing