Indianapolis: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing preview

Martin Truex Jr. and No. 1 Guitar Hero® Smash Hits Team MEDIA ALERT: On Friday, July 24 at 10 a.m. ET Martin Truex Jr. will participate in the Pros vs. GI Joes event at the Coke Zero Stage (in the Plaza Pavilion) located directly behind the ...

Martin Truex Jr. and No. 1 Guitar Hero® Smash Hits Team

MEDIA ALERT: On Friday, July 24 at 10 a.m. ET Martin Truex Jr. will participate in the Pros vs. GI Joes event at the Coke Zero Stage (in the Plaza Pavilion) located directly behind the Pagoda at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Indianapolis History: Sunday will mark Martin Truex Jr.'s fifth Sprint Cup Series start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In four prior events Truex has an average starting position of 24.5 and an average finish of 24th. His best finish at the famed 2.5-mile oval came in 2007 when Truex piloted his No.1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet to a 12th-place finish after starting 33rd.

Guitar Hero®, a Smash Hit!: The #1 best-selling video game, Guitar Hero®, returns to the track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as primary sponsor of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates' No. 1 Chevrolet driven by Martin Truex Jr. This time the popular video game franchise introduces their latest hit, Guitar Hero® Smash Hits. The video game returns as a primary sponsor with Earnhardt Ganassi Racing for the fourth time this season after sponsoring Aric Almirola and the No. 8 Team for several races including the 2009 Daytona 500. This marks the first race for Guitar Hero as primary sponsor of the No. 1 Chevrolet team. Guitar Hero will once again be the featured paint scheme for Truex and team with paint schemes at the upcoming Atlanta and Charlotte events.

In the Points: After finishing in 16th-place at Chicagoland Speedway, Martin Truex Jr. remains 24th in both the owner and driver standings.

Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Target Team

Winning Colors: Juan Pablo Montoya will make his return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) in Target colors for the first time since he won the Indy 500 for Target in 2000. To commemorate their reunion at IMS, Montoya will run the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard in a "retro" paint scheme and uniform that echoes back to the same scheme used in 2000 when he won the Indy 500.

Brickyard 400 History: Montoya drove to a runner-up finish in his first stock car start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the 2007 Brickyard 400. He started on the outside pole and ran in the top 10 for the entire 160-lap event before bringing home the second-place finish. Last year, Montoya started in 13th position but his chances were cut short after a right-rear tire exploded on lap 28. The team was able to repair the car and post a 39th-place finish.

A familiar Place: In 2007 Juan Pablo Montoya made history by becoming the first driver to compete in all three major events at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (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 two Brickyard 400 starts with a best finish of second in 2007. If he wins the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on Sunday, Montoya will become the first driver in history to win both the Indy 500 and the Brickyard 400.

Indy Winner: Montoya took the checkered flag in his first and only attempt at the Indy 500 in 2000 driving for Team Owner Chip Ganassi's open wheel team. His margin of victory over runner-up finisher Buddy Lazier was 7.184 seconds. He also became the first rookie since Graham Hill in 1966 to win the 500-mile race.

Formula for Success: Chip Ganassi, Target and Juan Pablo Montoya have all found the formula for success at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Chip has three wins at IMS (Indy 500 --1989, 2000 and 2008), Target has two wins (Indy 500 --2000 and 2008), and Montoya has one win (Indy 500 --2000).

Last Race: Juan Pablo Montoya and the Target team made a late-race surge to post a 10th-place finish in the 400 Sprint Cup event at Chicagoland Speedway. The finish catapulted Montoya to ninth in the NSCS Championship standings, marking a NASCAR career high for Montoya.

In the Points: Montoya's ninth top-10 finish of 2009 moved him to ninth in the 2009 NSCS Championship driver point standings. The team is 563 points behind leader Tony Stewart. There are seven races remaining before the top-12 drivers in points begin the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship


No. 1 Guitar Hero® Smash Hits Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #040. Martin Truex Jr. will pilot chassis #040 for the first time this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The chassis has been the backup for the No. 1 team this season at California, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Bristol and Texas.

No. 42 Target Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #819. The Target team will bring Chassis #819 to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend. This will be the first race of the 2009 season for chassis #819. Last year the chassis was used five times with a best finish of 17th at Homestead.

-credit: egr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing