No. 41 NicoDerm CQ Smart Control Team Fast Facts: Second-Half Comeback?: The No. 41 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) Busch team could be labeled the comeback kids this second half of the 2006 NASCAR Busch Series season. Since the...
No. 41 NicoDerm CQ Smart Control Team Fast Facts:
Second-Half Comeback?: The No. 41 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) Busch team could be labeled the comeback kids this second half of the 2006 NASCAR Busch Series season. Since the team passed the half-way hump of the season in Daytona, Reed Sorenson and team have scored four top-five and seven top-10 finishes in 11 starts (season total is currently five top-five and 11 top-10 finishes). Up to June 30, the team's average finish was 22nd, and since Chicago their finishes are averaging around 13th. They have jumped from 21st to ninth in the standings, as well (Sorenson is 10th in the driver standings).
Montoya, Welcome Aboard!: CGRFS announced Monday Juan Pablo Montoya has been released from his Formula One contract and officially joined the world of stock car racing, beginning with the ARCA/ReMAX Series test session at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway earlier this week. Montoya is also scheduled to test with the ARCA/ReMAX Series at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa this Friday, September 29. Ganassi announced in July Montoya had signed a multi-year deal with the CGRFS organization to compete in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series beginning in 2007. When the Colombia native assumes the driving duties of No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger next season, he will be the first Formula 1 regular to go NEXTEL Cup racing full-time. Stay connected to www.chipganassiracing.com for further news and updates.
In Smart Control at Kansas: The No. 41 CGRFS Busch entry will take on a new look this weekend at Kansas Speeedway to represent NicoDerm CQ Smart Control--which is a GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) nicotine patch that helps smokers, who wish to quit smoking, work through their withdrawal from nicotine. The special paint scheme is the fifth and final run of the 2006 five-race partnership between GSK and the CGRFS Busch team. One of the GSK stop smoking products--Nicorette, NicoDerm CQ and Commit--can be seen on board with Reed Sorenson every weekend as an associate sponsor, but NicoDerm CQ Smart Control will take center stage on the No. 41 Dodge this Saturday. This is GSK's second season as a sponsor of CGRFS. To learn more about the pharmaceutical company and its products, go to www.gsk.com.
Sorenson Puts on the Brakes to Help Educate: This Thursday, leading into the NASCAR competition at Kansas Speedway and another special paint scheme weekend featuring NicoDerm CQ, Sorenson is planning to visit a local middle school in the Kansas City, Mo., area to help GSK and the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids communicate the educational message about the dangers of smoking. He will also help recognize some students for their efforts in increasing prevention and education about nicotine addiction. Note: Please contact the CGRFS media relations department for more information.
Quitting Time: 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 increase awareness for millions of race fans about effective quit smoking therapy. Free quit smoking counseling and the No. 41 NicoDerm CQ race simulator have visited numerous NASCAR races this year and will be at Kansas this weekend in the fan interaction display area just outside the speedway. To see a mix of quitting tools and to learn more about the QUIT CREW program, go to www.quit2win.com.
Another Lift Up: After the tumultuous top-10 finish at Dover International Speedway last Saturday, the No. 41 CGRFS Busch team took another step up in the NASCAR Busch Series championship standings. The team now stands ninth in the owner ranks, just 87 points out of eighth. Sorenson held on to his 10th-place position overall and is only eight points out of ninth in the driver standings.
On the Cup Side: Sorenson's 11th-place finish at Dover on Sunday, helped him and the No. 41 Target team move up one position--to 21st--in the overall NASCAR NEXTEL Cup standings. They are now 52 points out of 20th heading into this weekend's Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway on Sunday, October 1. Sorenson still stands third in the NEXTEL Cup Raybestos Rookie race. He trails leader Denny Hamlin by 73 points and second-place, Clint Bowyer, by 24.
Sorenson comments on heading to Kansas Speedway: "I was just thinking the other day where the guys and I were at this point last year in the Busch Series. We were a little bit better off than we are right now. We were sitting in third place and now we are sitting ninth and 10th, which isn't bad by any means. In fact, we've gained a lot over the second part of the year. There are still setbacks here and there, but we really seem to be hitting our marks more now than we did early on.
"I like running these one-and-a-half-mile tracks. We had a good run at Chicago and a great run going at Kentucky before falling out. Chicago is a good example of how the second-half of this year has been going for us and Kentucky is a good example of how the first- half went.
"But we had a good run at Kansas last year. There were a lot of wrecks and we managed to stay out of trouble which is sometimes the major key to having a good day, avoiding everyone else's misfortune or mistakes."