Pocono II: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

Reed Sorenson and the No. 41 Target Dodge Team (NSCS) Pocono history: Reed Sorenson has participated in five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) events at Pocono Raceway. His best start to date is 10th (Aug. 2007) and finish is 24th (June 2007) at...

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

Pocono history: Reed Sorenson has participated in five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) events at Pocono Raceway. His best start to date is 10th (Aug. 2007) and finish is 24th (June 2007) at the 2.5-mile tri-oval. Sorenson led five laps during the track's August competition last year. The 22-year-old started 31st and finished 33rd in his last visit to the track in June.

Target Opens 43 Stores: Target announced Sunday, July 27, the opening of 43 Target stores. Target now serves guests at 1,648 stores in 47 states nationwide. Also, Target gives more than $3 million a week to its local communities through grants and special programs. Since opening its first store in 1962, Target has partnered with nonprofit organizations, guests and team members to help meet community needs.

Did you know?: If Target were to completely fill the infield of Pocono Raceway with an average sized 126,000-square-foot store, they could build 37 altogether. That is only 11 fewer than the total number of Target stores in the state of Pennsylvania.

In the Points: The top-20 finish last weekend allowed the CGRFS team to move to 29th in the NSCS owner standings. With a post-Indy total of 1675, the team is 218 points out of 25th. Sorenson remains 31st in the championship driver standings, with a total of 1,608 points.

On the Verge of History: A win this weekend in the NSCS, NNS or Grand-Am races would mark Chip Ganassi Racing Team's, Inc. (CGR) 14th victory of the 2008 season. The landmark win would beat last year's record for the team's most victories in a single season, which was 13. The next victory will also mark the 103rd for the team since 1994. The current tally of 13 is comprised of Scott Dixon's five IndyCar wins, Dan Wheldon's two IndyCar wins, and six Grand-Am Sports Car victories by Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas. The past three seasons for the team have proved to be the most successful in history (1990-2008), as 37 of the 102 wins have been scored in that stretch.

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

Back in Black: Juan Pablo Montoya will be back driving the black and red Texaco/Havoline Dodge this weekend at Pocono Raceway. The No. 42 Dodge last sported the paint scheme at New Hampshire Motor Speedway just over a month ago.

About last week: Montoya and the No. 42 Dodge were victims of tire issues at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last Sunday in the Brickyard 400. Montoya's hope of repeating his 2007 runner-up performance vanished when the right-rear tire exploded on lap 28. The team was able to repair the car and get it back on the track. He finished the event in the 39th position.

Pocono History: This weekend Montoya will be making his third start at Pocono Raceway and hopes to earn his first top-10 finish at the 2.5-mile track. His best start and finish came at the second Pocono event last season. He qualified ninth and finished in the 16th position.

Testing: The No. 42 team led by Crew Chief Brian Pattie and Montoya are testing at Road Atlanta Tuesday in preparation for the final road course race of the season at Watkins Glen. Montoya will be driving a 2008 chassis that was also tested earlier this year at Virginia International Raceway, but has yet to be raced in competition.

Hailing from Penn: Two members of the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge team hail from the state of Pennsylvania - Engineer Billy Curwood and Shock Specialist Jerry Wittig. Curwood grew up in Shickshinny, about 50 miles northwest of Pocono Raceway and has been a member of the No. 42 crew since its inception. Wittig is the newest member on the crew from Reading which is about 85 miles south of the 2.5-mile track. He got his start in racing at Penske Racing Shocks.

2008 Standings: After finishing 39th in last weekend's event at IMS, Montoya dropped two places in driver standings--to the 22nd spot.

He's "SIRIUS" Again: For the second year in a row, listen to SIRIUS Satellite Radio every Tuesday on channel 128 for the "Juan Pablo Montoya Report." Montoya will provide exclusive updates on the No. 42 Team; give post-race downloads and share his thoughts on the events of the season. He will also chat with hosts David Poole and Mike Bagley on "The Morning Drive" every Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. ET.

Star in the Sky: Montoya's spotter Tab Boyd is once again providing fans with his view on the race from atop the spotter's stand with an in-depth post-race blog. Boyd recaps the race weekend from his point of view on www.texacohavoline42.com.


No. 41 Target Dodge (NSCS): Chassis #814. Sorenson has used this chassis twice this season at Richmond and Dover. Its best start and finish came at Richmond where Sorenson began the race fifth, ultimately ending in the 12th position.

No. 42 Big Texaco/Havoline (NSCS): Chassis #802. Pattie and the No. 42 team are brining chassis #802 to Pocono Raceway this weekend. This chassis finished 19th at Las Vegas earlier this season and was tested at Pocono in May during the NASCAR sanctioned two-day test session.

-credit: cgr

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Team Penske