BUSCH: Daytona: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

Reed Sorenson and the No. 41 Wrigley's Juicy Fruit Dodge Team Facts: * Happy Birthday, Reed! Before leaving North Carolina to head south to Florida for the 2007 Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway, Sorenson turned 21 on Monday, Feb.

Reed Sorenson and the No. 41 Wrigley's Juicy Fruit Dodge Team Facts:

* Happy Birthday, Reed! Before leaving North Carolina to head south to Florida for the 2007 Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway, Sorenson turned 21 on Monday, Feb. 5.

* Welcome Aboard, Wrigley! Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) and the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company are teaming up this season to take the world's largest manufacturer and marketer of chewing gum NASCAR racing for the first time in its 110-plus year history. The new partnership was announced in November 2006 and will debut in this Saturday's Orbitz 300 at Daytona, with Sorenson behind the wheel of the No. 41 Wrigley's Juicy Fruit Dodge.

Throughout the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series season, Sorenson and Wrigley's Juicy Fruit brand will share their No. 41 ride with fellow teammate and brand--David Stremme and Wrigley's Winterfresh. Sorenson is tabbed to compete in 15 NASCAR Busch races for Wrigley, while Stremme will race seven for the confectionary leader. On the NASCAR Cup side of things, Juan Pablo Montoya will take Wrigley's Big Red brand NEXTEL Cup racing, making the No. 42 Wrigley's Big Red debut at Chicagoland Speedway in mid-July. CGRFS is honored to represent the historic and innovative company, and plans on chewing a lot of gum in Victory Lane this 2007 season.

* 2007 Game Plan: Sorenson will compete in both NASCAR races at Daytona this upcoming weekend. First, he will make his 2007 NASCAR Busch Series debut in the No. 41 Wrigley's Juicy Fruit Dodge on Saturday in the Orbitz 300. He will then make his second career run in the historic Daytona 500 on Sunday in the No. 41 Target Dodge. This will be the story at many companion Busch and NEXTEL Cup events this year as Sorenson takes on a part-time schedule in the Busch Series and pursues his sophomore season in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series.

* Daytona History: Sorenson's career-first NASCAR start at Daytona International Speedway, in February 2005, was an impressive effort as the then-19-year old grabbed a top-five starting position and went on to score a ninth-place finish, never falling outside the top 15 the entire 120-lap competition. To-date, Sorenson has four NASCAR Busch Series starts at Daytona. He has a running tally that includes one top-five and three top-10 starts, along with two ninth-place finishes.

* When the Green Flag Waves: Don't miss the season-opening Orbitz 300. The race is schedule to start at 1:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 17, and will broadcast live on ESPN2 (TV), MRN (Radio) and Sirius Satellite Radio Channel 128.


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

* Inaugural Daytona 500: Juan Pablo Montoya will make his first-career run in this weekend's Daytona 500 on Sunday, but before that he will also make a career-first start in the NASCAR Busch Series Daytona season-opener on Saturday, as well. Saturday's run in the Orbitz 300 will be Montoya's fifth official NASCAR Busch start and Sunday's run in the Daytona 500 will be Montoya's second NEXTEL Cup start. Montoya has won such prestigious events as the Monaco Grand Prix, the Indianapolis 500 and most recently the 24 Hours of Daytona.

* Cup quals; Montoya qualified fourth in his first Daytona 500 qualifying effort on Sunday, the top Raybestos Rookie qualifier. He will start on the inside of row two in the second Gatorade 150 Duel on Thursday to determine his starting position for the "Great American Race."

* Happy 20th!: For 20 years, the distinctive star of Texaco/Havoline Racing has been an icon of NASCAR in America. No other professional sport unites fans, teams and sponsors with such an inspired sense of loyalty. Texaco/Havoline enter its 20th year as a primary sponsor in Cup racing with a new pilot, Montoya, and a celebrated history of drivers like Davey Allison, Ernie Irvan, Kenny Irwin, Dale Jarrett and Ricky Rudd.

* Star in the Sky: Tab Boyd, Montoya's spotter, will be posting exclusive insights, track happenings and commentary that someone can only get from being inside the No. 42 team on the Texaco/Havoline website. Boyd will have a one-of-kind look at Montoya's rookie year from atop the spotters stand. His blog will be posted weekly at www.texacohavoline42.com/boyd.

* Road Trip: Texaco/Havoline has just made traveling to the race track easier for race fans. Fans can go to www.texacohavoline42.com, click on the link for the road trip and enter their starting location and race destination. In addition to receiving the best route to the track, fans will also get directions to the nearest Express Lube and Texaco filling stations along to the way to make planning their trip to see Montoya easier.

* New Havoline Debut: The new Havoline with Deposit Shield commercial makes its national debut at Daytona this week. Havoline with Deposit Shield provides outstanding protection and value for a cleaner, smoother-running engine.

-credit: cgr

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