BUSCH: Mexico City: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

Scott Pruett and the No. 41 Wrigley's Juicy Fruit Dodge Team Facts: * Double-Duty Weekend: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) driver Scott Pruett will compete in both the Grand American Rolex Sports Car and NASCAR Busch Series races...

Scott Pruett and the No. 41 Wrigley's Juicy Fruit Dodge Team Facts:

* Double-Duty Weekend: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) driver Scott Pruett will compete in both the Grand American Rolex Sports Car and NASCAR Busch Series races this weekend at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico. In addition to his full-time ride in the No. 01 TELMEX Lexus-Riley with Mexico City native and teammate Memo Rojas, Pruett will assume driving duties of the No. 41 Wrigley's Juicy Fruit Dodge alongside Juan Pablo Montoya in the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge as they make their seventh-career NASCAR Busch Series starts together.

* Not Their First Rodeo Together: The Pruett-Montoya duo most recently teamed up this past January, along with Salvador Duran, to lead 468 of 668 laps at Daytona International Speedway in the No.01 TELMEX/Target Riley to win CGRFS' second straight Rolex 24 At Daytona. Pruett was behind the wheel when the car rolled off the grid in 12th, and sealed the flawless drive as he crossed the checkered 1:15.842 seconds over his nearest competition. The victory marked Pruett's second overall Rolex 24 At Daytona win and Montoya's first run and win of the competition.

* Meet Scott Pruett: This 2007 season marks Pruett's fourth year of racing in the Rolex Sports Car Series for CGRFS. The two-time Rolex Series Champion (2004, 2006) has competed in almost every form of motorsports. Throughout his driving career, the 46-year-old California native has tallied nine major championships and multiple Daytona Prototype records for wins (13), pole positions (8) and podium finishes (25).

* Pruett's No Stranger to Autodromo: Last season Pruett and Luis Diaz started on the pole and led all 100 laps at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in the Rolex Series race. After scoring the No.01 team's 16th pole position in 28 races, Pruett drove away from the field and built up a 20-plus second lead until the caution flag flew on Lap 46. Diaz assumed the driving duties for the remainder of the 100-lap event after the team's only pit stop during the caution period. The Mexico City native never relinquished the lead and finished 2.84 seconds ahead of the nearest Daytona Prototype challenger.

* Pruett's First for CGRFS: The NASCAR event in Mexico will mark Pruett's first official Busch start for his long-time team owners Chip Ganassi and Felix Sabates, and first stock car run at the Mexico City 2.518-mile road course. Pruett made two stock car runs for CGRFS in NEXTEL Cup Series competition last year, piloting the No. 40 Dodge at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., and also at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International, which resulted in a sixth-place finish.

* Pruett & Pattie's First: In addition to this being Pruett's first time running a Busch car for CGRFS, it will be his first time working with Crew Chief Brian Pattie. Pattie and Pruett have tested a couple of times in the past together, but this weekend will be their first official race as a driver-crew chief duo.

* Reed Will Return: After this weekend's race in Mexico, Reed Sorenson will be the next man behind the wheel of the Wrigley's Juicy Fruit car, resuming his driving duties of the Busch car at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the March 10 race. The No. 41 CGRFS Busch Series Dodge is hosting a variety of drivers this year. Along with Pruett and Sorenson, David Stremme and Bryan Clauson will share the ride throughout 2007, as well.

* Chassis: Pruett will pilot new chassis #657 in the NASCAR Busch Series race this weekend at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Crew Chief Brian Pattie and the No. 41 Busch team tested the chassis earlier this year at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) in Alton, Va., but Sunday's run will be the chassis' first official competition.

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

* Road Course Master: This weekend will mark Montoya's first stock car road course competition, but the Colombia native is no stranger to road course racing with Ganassi, as he tallied five road course victories for the team owner during his 1999 rookie CART Series season en route to his 1999 CART championship title. Following Montoya's run in CART, he went on to capture seven Grand Prix victories throughout his six-year career in Formula One. The Pruett-Montoya duo also most recently teamed up this past January, along with Salvador Duran, to lead 468 of 668 laps at Daytona International Speedway in the No.01 TELMEX/Target Riley to win CGRFS' second straight Rolex 24 At Daytona. The victory marked Montoya's first run and win of the competition.

* Tested and Approved: Montoya, along with his crew chief Brad Parrot and the No. 42 Busch team, tested at VIR last month, but Sunday's race will mark the 31-year-old racer's career-first NASCAR road course start.

* COT Testing in Tennessee: Montoya, along with CGRFS teammates Sorenson and Stremme, tested at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway this Wednesday and Thursday during the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Car of Tomorrow (COT) test session. The test was the last pre-race preparations the NEXTEL Cup teams got to take advantage of until they return to the Tennessee short track to race the new COT set-up in late March. The test session was also Montoya's first time ever driving and visiting the notorious high banks of Bristol Motor Speedway.

* Telcel on Board: In addition to Texaco/Havoline colors riding alongside Montoya this weekend in Mexico, race sponsor Telcel will adorn the rear-half of the No. 42 Busch car. Telcel is a subsidiary of TELMEX, a long-time partner of Ganassi's sports car team. TELMEX was also aboard with Montoya, Pruett and Duran, when the trio scored Ganassi's second-consecutive Rolex 24 At Daytona victory this past January.

* 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 the way to make planning their trip to see Montoya easier.

* Chassis: The No. 42 Texaco/Havoline and Telcel colors will be carried by new chassis #559 this weekend in Mexico City. The car was tested last month at VIR and last June at Infineon Raceway, but Sunday's Telcel-Motorola Mexico 200 will be its first official race.

-credit: cgr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing