NicoDerm CQ Team Fast Facts: * NicoDerm CQ on board at Bristol: This weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway kicks off a five-race special paint scheme partnership between GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and the No. 41 Chip Ganassi Racing with ...
NicoDerm CQ Team Fast Facts:
* NicoDerm CQ on board at Bristol: This weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway kicks off a five-race special paint scheme partnership between GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and the No. 41 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) Busch team. The No. 41 Dodge carries NicoDerm CQ on board as an associate sponsor every week, but NicoDerm CQ will take center stage on the CGRFS Dodge at Bristol. This is GSK's second season as a sponsor of CGRFS. Commit--another GSK product--will also be highlighted on the No. 41 Busch car at Dover International Speedway in June, and will serve as the primary colors again when the No. 41 team returns to Bristol in August. NicoDerm CQ will then return as the primary sponsor on the 41 Busch team two more times in September--at Dover International Speedway and then at Kansas Speedway. Commit, Nicorette and NicoDerm CQ are the leading branded products to help smokers quit. Nicorette sponsored this past weekend's NASCAR Busch Series race at Atlanta, which marked the first NASCAR race to ever be sponsored by a smoking cessation product. Nicorette is also on tap to sponsor the No. 41 Dodge in the NEXTEL Cup race at Richmond later this year in September. To learn more about GlaxoSmithKline and its products, go to www.gsk.com.
* QUIT CREW: After a successful run with the CGRFS team last season, GSK launched a "QUIT CREW" program earlier this year that involves a smoking cessation initiative to help NASCAR team members quit smoking. In addition to stomping out the cigarettes inside the NASCAR garages, GSK also is on a mission to utilize its involvement with the popular motor sport to help millions of race fans increase their awareness about effective therapy to quit smoking. To see a mix of quitting tools and to learn more about the QUIT CREW program, go to www.quit2win.com.
* Testing Time at RIR: The No. 41 CGRFS Busch team members will get a weekend off next week. Before they kick back to relax, they will head to Richmond International Raceway, along with many other NASCAR Busch Series teams, to test Wednesday, March 29 and Thursday, March 30, to prepare for the upcoming Busch Series race at the Virginia track in May.
* Tennessee Boy: Tony Glover--a Kingsport, Tenn., native--is one of two team managers overseeing competition operations at the CGRFS Concord, N.C. race shop. He has been going racing for 33 years and throughout his career Glover has built the reputation as one of the top mechanical minds in motor sports. In addition, Glover has a knack for developing drivers and winning big races. Under his guidance, Ernie Irvan, Sterling Marlin and Joe Nemechek captured their first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup wins.
* Rank Update: Sorenson and the No. 41 CGRFS Busch team are now 16th in driver points and 18th in owner points. The driver and team are coming off of a disappointing weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where an expired engine ended their run prematurely and dealt them a 42nd-place finish.
* CGRFS NEXTEL News: Coming off of their fourth run of the 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season, the three CGRFS NEXTEL Cup teams overcame the cold and damp weather at Atlanta Motor Speedway to finish 10th, 21st and 33rd. Sorenson grabbed his career- first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup top-10, along with Raybestos rookie of the race honors and the Target team's first top 10 of the season. The strong effort also helped Sorenson and the Target team gain seven positions to move up to 25th in the standings. Sorenson also took a step up in the rookie points race. He now stands fifth and only 12 points behind leader Clint Bowyer. Mears piloted his car to a 21st-place finish and moved to fifth in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings. Stremme finished 33rd and remains 35th in the overall standings. He is sixth in the rookie of the year standings.
* Chassis: The No. 41 NicoDerm CQ team has picked Chassis No. 451 to run at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend in the Sharpie Mini 500. The same car helped the No. 41 team post a third-place and 11th-place finish at both Bristol Busch races last year. In between those two runs, it also helped Sorenson and team add another pole to their 2005 stats, grabbing the top seat at Indianapolis Raceway Park in August (finished third). The car was also run at Darlington (stared 18th, finished 12th) in May and Memphis (started 21st, finished 33rd) in October.
Reed Sorenson Q&A
Reed, looking at your stats and last two runs at Bristol Motor Speedway, one can pretty much conclude you like that short track. "Yeah, I do like racing at Bristol. It is a very fast pace and non-stop intense racing. It's exhausting, but exciting. I like it that way. The team really had the car dialed in there last year during both the March and August races, and the numbers show that. In March, we started inside the top 10 and finished with a top five, and then the fall race we managed to take a 42nd-place start and almost turned that into a top 10, finishing 11th. So, yeah I guess you could say the guys like it and I like it, too. We're also taking the same car back that helped us get the great finishes there last year, so hopefully we can come out with just as good or better this weekend."