Michigan II: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

David Stremme and the No. 40 TUMS Dodge Team Facts: * Back to Man in Blue: David Stremme will take to the track this weekend at Michigan International Speedway in an all TUMS fashion. The No. 40 TUMS Dodge will feature the striking blue TUMS ...

David Stremme and the No. 40 TUMS Dodge Team Facts:

* Back to Man in Blue: David Stremme will take to the track this weekend at Michigan International Speedway in an all TUMS fashion. The No. 40 TUMS Dodge will feature the striking blue TUMS signature logo across the hood and both rear quarter panels. The rear of the Charger will feature TUMS trusted tablets. The last run for the No. 40, outfitted in the TUMS logo, was in July at the Chicagoland Speedway.

* Meet Patrick Dempsey: Stremme will be running the No.22 Busch Series car this weekend for Fitz-Bradshaw Racing. The car will sport a special paint scheme to promote a contest which will give five lucky winners the opportunity to spend a full day at a driving school in California with Hyper Sport drivers including celebrity Patrick Dempsey. It is an all expense paid trip which will include a choice of a full day of golf or winery tours. The hood of the car will have the website fans can go to and enter to win.

* Home is where the Heart is: Stremme will be honored by his hometown of South Bend, Ind. Tuesday, August 21st. The South Bend Common Council passed a resolution publicly commending him on his successful 13 year career in racing. There will also be a "Stremme Comes Home" celebration that night at the Century Center in downtown South Bend. The event will raise awareness and funds for cancer research. Mom, Cindy Stremme says, "He's always called South Bend home."

* Repeat?: MIS is known for its competitive races, however, in June of 2006, Stremme had other things in mind in the ARCA RE/MAX Series race. Stremme, piloting the #61 Dodge, managed to lap the entire field and led a race-record 99 of 100 laps en route to his first career victory at MIS.

* Standings Update: Stremme and the No. 40 car finished 21st at Watkins Glen. The No.40 team is currently 26th in the NNCS point standings.

* Chassis: Crew Chief Steve Lane has selected chassis #621 for this weekend's 3M Performance 400. Chassis #621 also took to the track last month at the Brickyard.

Reed Sorenson and the No. 41 Target Dodge Team Facts:

* Mastering Michigan: Sorenson has just three starts at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in the NEXTEL Cup Series, but his results are rather impressive. He posted a fifth-place finish in last year's June event and followed that up with an eighth-place effort in August. Handling woes plagued the team in the June event this season, but the crew is determined to return to the '06 form at the track this weekend.

* Back in Action: Chassis #206, one of Sorenson's and the Target team's favorite cars will be seeing competition for the first time in almost a year this weekend at MIS. The car was the busiest in the team's fleet in 2006, running a total of seven races (California, Las Vegas, Charlotte 1, Pocono 1, Indy, Dover 2 and Charlotte) with a best finish of 10th coming in the May Charlotte race. The car suffered serious damage in the second Charlotte race last season, but has since been rebuilt. The Target team ran this car a total of 11 races in 2005 with driver Casey Mears. The team recorded six top-10 finishes and two top-five finishes, including a sixth-place effort at Indianapolis and two near victories in the final events of the season at Texas Motor Speedway (fourth) and Homestead-Miami Speedway (fifth).

* Points Update: The Target team dropped one position to 25th in the overall NEXTEL Cup Series standings after their 28th-place finish in the last event at Watkins Glen. The team is 173 points outside of the top 20 heading into Michigan.

Juan Pablo Montoya and the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Team Facts:

* Standings: Montoya and the No. 42 team dropped one spot to 19th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup standings following their 39th-place run at Watkins Glen International. Montoya sits 139 points out of 15th and has accumulated one win, three top-five and four top-10 finishes this season.

* Back to Michigan: Montoya returns to MIS after his first stock car race at the 2-mile track in June. Montoya and his Texaco/Havoline team finished 43rd in the Cup event after a blown tire sent him into the outside wall. He has also turned laps at MIS in open wheel when he drove to victory lane in July of 2000 for Chip Ganassi Racing in the CART Series. Montoya started the race from the seventh position and led 39 laps before taking the checkered flag. He also competed in the CART race in 1999 where he started third, led for 28 laps and finished on the podium in second place.

* Rookie Race: Despite a 39th-place finish at Watkins Glen International last weekend, Montoya still leads the Raybestos® Rookie standings over David by a 25-point advantage (212-187). Montoya's 19th-place standing in the NEXTEL Cup points race is the best of any rookie following the 23rd race of the season. Since 1975, Davey Allison, driving a Texaco/Havoline car, is the only Raybestos® Rookie to win the pole position for the August race at Michigan. Allison captured the top starting spot for the 1987 race.

* Chassis: Crew Chief Donnie Wingo and the No. 42 team are bringing chassis #706 to MIS for the 3M Performance 400. The team has utilized this chassis four times this season earning two of its three top-10 finishes of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season. Chassis #706 has run at Texas (eighth-place finish), Atlanta (fifth-place finish), Pocono (20th-place finish) and Chicagoland (15th-place finish).

* Stars and Cars: Chevron Global Marketing launched Texaco's Car of the Decades contest celebrating cars and the people who love them with a virtual auto show that lets visitors decide the best cars from every decade in the 20th century through today. During the Texaco Car of the Decades submission process, which concludes September 3, auto enthusiasts can register online at www.texacocarofthedecades.com to enter their favorite car for a chance to win a grand prize package featuring VIP treatment at the launch of the 2008 season at Daytona, including a tour of the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline hauler, the pit and a chance to meet Montoya.

* Celebrating 20 Years: In celebration of Texaco's 20th anniversary in sponsoring stock car racing and a successful season for rookie Montoya, Chevron Products Company introduced its special limited edition gift card carrying the image of the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline race car and Montoya. The Texaco/Havoline branded gift cards are now available for purchase in denominations up to $100 at participating Texaco stations.

* Sirius-ly: Montoya and the team will be featured weekly on Sirius Satellite Radio's Driver2Crew Chatter. Driver2Crew Chatter puts fans in the car and in the pits. Fans can listen to Montoya's radio communication with Crew Chief Wingo, Spotter Tab Boyd and the rest of the Team on channel 119. Listen in every Monday at 5 p.m. ET on channel 128 for the "Juan Pablo Montoya Report." Montoya provides exclusive updates on the No. 42 Team; gives post-race downloads and shares his own personal experiences on his jump full time into the NEXTEL Cup Series.

-credit: cgr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing