Phoenix II: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

Reed Sorenson and the No.41 Target Dodge (NSCS) PIR History: Sorenson will be making his sixth NSCS start at PIR this weekend. His best NSCS finish was 19th in the spring race of 2007. The 22-year-old has four NNS starts at the 1-mile oval. ...

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

PIR History: Sorenson will be making his sixth NSCS start at PIR this weekend. His best NSCS finish was 19th in the spring race of 2007. The 22-year-old has four NNS starts at the 1-mile oval. He has three top-10 finishes which includes a second-place finish in spring 2006.

Last Race: Sorenson and the No.41 Target Team started ninth for the Dickies 500 at Texas Motor Speedway last Sunday afternoon. After running in the top 15, Sorenson suffered an oil leak on lap 51 resulting in an uphill battle for the remainder of the race. Sorenson crossed the finish line in the 37th spot.

Points Update: The No.41 entry dropped one position, to 32nd in the series' owner standings with 3,107 points. The team is 13 points out of 30th and 403 points away from the No.44 entry of Michael Waltrip Racing in 25th.

Juan Pablo Montoya and No.42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge (NSCS)

On the Hood of the 42: Texaco/Havoline will adorn the hood of the No.42 Dodge Charger for the last time this season. This will be the final paint scheme for Texaco/Havoline Racing after 22 years in the sport.

PIR NSCS History: Montoya has three starts at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR), where he averages a 22nd-place start and finish. His best start was in the November 2007 event, when he lined up 14th to take the green, but his best results came out of this past spring when he finished 16th.

About Last Week in Texas: Last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS), it took just 32 laps for Montoya to drive his No.42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge from a 26th-place starting position inside the top 10, which is where he remained until the No.38 car wrecked him on lap 262 of the 334-lap event. Montoya was just one of 15 cars remaining on the lead lap when the No.38 car drove down two lanes and spun the No.42 Dodge. NASCAR parked the No.38 car and its driver David Gilliland for the remainder of the race. Unfortunately, Montoya and his CGRFS team were unable to repair the car and were scored in the 43rd position.

Two Chances to Meet Juan Next Week: Next week, NASCAR fans traveling a little early into the Homestead-Miami Speedway area to take in the 2008 season finale races will have not one, but two opportunities to meet Montoya. First, he will stop by the South Florida International Trade Show on behalf of the South Florida Dodge Dealers Monday, Nov. 10, to sign autographs and meet with racing and automotive enthusiasts. Montoya will be on site from 5:30 to 7 pm ET at the Dodge Display. After that, on Wednesday, Nov. 12, he will visit the Winn Dixie store located at 14655 Southwest 104th Street in Miami from 4 to 6 p.m. ET to meet fans and sign autographs.

Gala for Colombia: Montoya and his wife Connie will once again co-host a charity gala next Tuesday, Nov. 11, to benefit six non-profit Colombian organizations including their own Formula Smiles Foundation (www.formulasmiles.org). BELIVE 2008 will take place at Jungle Island in Miami. Headlining the gala this year is Latin Grammy Award Winner Carlos Vive and Esteban Cortazar, chief designer for the Emanuel Ungaro fashion house. The event will consist of a silent auction, a fashion show and a concert. The Montoyas founded the Formula Smiles Foundation to improve the quality of life for needy children by implementing programs that instill values through sports and recreation.

2008 Cup Standings: Montoya slipped one spot to 25th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup driver standings after his 43rd-place finish at TMS last Sunday.

Bryan Clauson and the No.40 Fastenal Dodge (NNS)

It's a Tie!: Clauson is now tied in the NNS Raybestos® Rookie of the Year race with fellow NNS rookie Landon Cassill. The two teens both have 177 points each. Clauson has grabbed Rookie of the Race honors seven times in 19 total starts this 2008 season, most recently winning the title at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Clauson has also claimed rookie honors at Kansas Speedway in September; Auto Club Speedway in August.; Daytona International Speedway this past July and February; Kentucky Speedway in June; and Richmond International Raceway this past May.

Clauson's First Time at PIR: This weekend will mark Clauson's first NASCAR effort at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR). The rookie racer embarked on his NASCAR career last fall, competing at five tracks, including Richmond International Raceway, Kansas Speedway, Lowe's Motor Speedway, Memphis Motorsports Park, and Texas Motor Speedway.

The Last Time We Were Here: This last time the Fastenal Team competed at PIR, Dario Franchitti was behind the wheel. The driver and crew scored a top-15 starting position (13th) and then proceeded to conclude their run inside the top-15, crossing the finish line 11th overall.

NNS Owner Standings Update: The No.40 Fastenal Dodge Team is 21st in the NNS owner standings. Altogether, the Fastenal Drivers and crew have grabbed three poles, three top-five and three top-10 finishes throughout the 2008 season.

CHASSIS INFO

No.41 Target Dodge (NSCS): Chassis #814. Sorenson has used this chassis four times this season (Richmond-May, Dover and Pocono-Aug., New Hampshire-Sept.). Its best start and finish came at Richmond where Sorenson started fifth and finished 12th.

No.42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge (NSCS): Chassis #817. This will be the third start for chassis #817 this season. Montoya raced this car earlier this year in both Richmond International Raceway races.

No.40 Fastenal Dodge (NNS): Chassis #754. This is the same car the No.40 NNS team entered at Phoenix International Raceway this past April with Dario Franchitti behind the wheel (started 13th, finished 11th).

-credit: cgr

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Series NASCAR Cup , NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Michael Waltrip Racing