Reed Sorenson to Pilot No. 41 Target Dodge for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates during 2006 Season CONCORD, N.C. (August 12, 2005) --- Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS), announced today that current Busch Series driver ...
Reed Sorenson to Pilot No. 41 Target Dodge for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates during 2006 Season
CONCORD, N.C. (August 12, 2005) --- Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS), announced today that current Busch Series driver Reed Sorenson will pilot the No. 41 Target Dodge in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series in 2006. Sorenson will be competing for the Rookie of the Year title in the NEXTEL Cup Series, as well as running the full NASCAR Busch Series schedule in the No. 41 Discount Tire Dodge.
Target began its long standing partnership with owner Chip Ganassi in 1990 when the retail store sponsored his one-car open-wheel team. The partnership has successfully expanded since 1990 with Target Chip Ganassi Racing winning five open wheel championships and Target currently sponsoring three Indy Racing League (IRL) cars and the No. 41 Dodge in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. Target has also been a primary sponsor for Sorenson as he has worked his way through the ranks of stock car racing in the ASA and ARCA Series' and an associate sponsor in all his Busch Series starts.
"Reed is certainly a racing talent, but he's also a good person and has a great family, and it's been a pleasure to watch him develop and grow on and off the race track," team owner Chip Ganassi said. "Target continues to redefine the word partnership. Their support has been an important part of Reed's successful development at CGRFS and their flexibility in allowing Home123 to have Casey Mears once again, shows their commitment to the whole team's success. We're looking forward to what the future holds for Reed, Casey and our entire team."
"We are proud that Reed will be our driver for the 2006 season," said John Remington, vice president of marketing communications for Target. "And I have to commend Home 123. They are very fortunate to be associated with a talented driver like Casey Mears. Target is proud to have had him as our driver for the past three seasons and hope to continue a relationship with him into the future."
Sorenson has been a member of the CGRFS race team since 2003 when team owners Ganassi and Sabates signed him to their driver development program. In 2004, he ran three ARCA races and four Busch Series races for CGRFS, amassing one ARCA win at Michigan and four top-five and five top-10 finishes between the two series. So far this season, Sorenson has two wins, two pole positions, 10 top-five and 14 top-10 finishes and leads the rookie of the year title race in the NASCAR Busch Series.
"This is a special day and I am extremely excited about driving the No. 41 Target Dodge next year in the NEXTEL Cup Series," Sorenson said. "I have worked my entire life to earn this opportunity and to continue my association with Target at this level, given their history in motorsports, makes this step in my career even more memorable. I have a lot to learn next year, but I am looking forward to contributing to the success of this program, running for the rookie of the year award in the Cup series and working with Casey, David (Stremme) and Jamie (McMurray)."
About Target Corporation
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About Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates
Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, based in Concord, N.C., currently operates four teams in two of NASCAR's national touring divisions; three in the NEXTEL Cup Series with drivers Sterling Marlin, Jamie McMurray and Casey Mears and one in the Busch Series with driver Reed Sorenson.