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2013 Daytona 500: Earnhardt Ganassi NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Feb 20, 2013 - 05:46 PM
2013 Daytona 500: Earnhardt Ganassi NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview


Follow EGR on Twitter: Continue to follow Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (EGR) on their official team Twitter page. Find in-race updates and weekly news on the No.1 and No.42 teams throughout the 2012 season by following ���œ@EGRTeams”.


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Army Training Sir: EGR over-the-wall pit crew members recently spent a day at Ft. Bragg (Jan 17), for a morale and team-building event with soldiers from the US Army. Activities included flying several different types of Army helicopter simulators including the Apache, Black Hawk and Chinook trainers. The team also joined US Army soldiers at the Virtual Training Facility (VTF), and learned first-hand how the Army utilizes the high-tech training equipment to prepare men and women in the US Army for combat situations by simulating conditions in areas of deployment. The final event of the day allowed the EGR crew to give back to the Ft. Bragg soldiers by hosting a pit crew competition for 10 different Ft. Bragg units. The winning team of soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, completed their four-tire change in 28.93 seconds. They will have their unit insignia placed in both the No. 1 and No. 42 Chevrolets at the season-opening Daytona 500.

CGRT Mobile App: Download the Chip Ganassi Racing Teams mobile app for the latest driver news, event information, social media updates and exclusive content. This season, the app will introduce a weekly interactive game called “Call the Race”, which allows fans to predict the outcome of the upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and ranks the game players on a leaderboard based on their correct answers throughout the season. Each week, the top-three players with the highest score will receive a digital Target gift card by email. Head to the iTunes store and check it out: http://bit.ly/YGJQxf

Jamie McMurray and No. 1 McDonald’s Team

Year in Review: In 2012, Jamie McMurray completed 10,206 of 10,442 laps (97.7%) and had an average starting position of 21.3 and average finishing position of 20.1. McMurray finished the season with three top-ten finishes, 16 top-twenty finishes and for the first time since 2002 in his NSCS career failed to capture at least one top-five.

McMurray at Daytona: McMurray has a total of 20 starts at Daytona International Speedway accumulating two wins (2007,2010), three top-fives and four top-10 finishes, including the 2010 Daytona 500. McMurray has completed a total of 3214 laps out of 3,505 (91.7%) with an average starting position of 21.0 and an average finishing position of 24.1 at the tri-oval track. He is ranked 15th for most laps completed at Daytona International Speedway of all currently active NSCS drivers. In the 2012 Daytona 500 McMurray ranked in the top spot for fastest speed in traffic. This category ranks each driver by speed when there is another car within one car length.

Superspeedway Stats: In 41 starts in NSCS at superspeedways (Daytona and Talladega) McMurray has accumulated three wins (Daytona 2007, 2010; Talladega 2009), eight top-fives, 10 top-10s. McMurray as logged 6864 laps between the two tracks and has led 239 of those laps.

Baby on Board: McMurray and wife Christy recently celebrated the birth of their second child. McMurray’s and son Carter welcomed Hazel Leigh McMurray into the family on Monday February 11. Hazel weighed in at 6 pounds 15 ounces, mom and baby are doing great, and will be watching from home as dad makes his first start of the 2013 season.

We`re Lovin` it: McDonalds will be the primary sponsor for Jamie McMurray on the No. 1 Chevy SS at the season-opening Daytona 500. Fans of the No. 1 team can take advantage of $1 any-size Premium Roast Coffee throughout Central Florida (Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Brevard, Volusia, Flagler, Lake, Marion and Sumter Counties) until March 31, 2013. Fans can also see the McDonald’s show car this week at several locations leading up to the “Great American Race”. Dates and locations:
Thursday, Feb 21 - 3181 SR 44, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 - 9am – 7pm
Friday, Feb. 22 - 2994 US Hwy 92, Daytona Beach, FL 32124 - 9am – 7pm
Saturday, Feb. 23 - 1676 Taylor Road Port Orange, FL 32128 - 9am – 7pm

Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Target Team

Year in Review: In 2012, Juan Pablo Montoya finished the season with two poles at Pocono for the Pennsylvania 400 and the second at Watkins Glen for the Finger Lakes 355, he scored two top-10s, 13 top-20 finishes and led 22 laps. He had an average starting position of 23.3, and average finishing position of 21.7.

Top Dog at Daytona: Bullseye, the loveable Target mascot, will be on hand at the Daytona 500. Bullseye will make her first ever appearance at a NASCAR race this weekend. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for this very special terrier.

100th Victory: Montoya and the Target team are looking at their 100th victory this weekend. This season marks the 24th year that Chip Ganassi Racing and Target have been paired up.

Daytona History: In 10 starts at Daytona International Speedway, Montoya has been running at the end of eight races, completing a total of 1,737 out of 1,788 laps (97.1%). He has finished in the top-10 in 40% of the races he has competed in and has led at least two laps in each of his last four starts at Daytona International Speedway. His average starting position is 19.5 and his average finishing position is 19.6 at the two-and-a-half mile track.

Unlimited Recap: The 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season officially kicked off with the newly named Sprint Unlimited. 19 drivers were eligible for the exhibition race and Juan Pablo Montoya was among them as he was awarded two Coors Light Pole awards during the 2012 season. Montoya started from the 14th position and ended the three-segment event in the 10th position.

Superspeedway Success: In 20 superspeedway starts in NSCS competition Montoya has a best finish of second (Talladega, 2008) three top-fives and seven top-10 finishes with 77 laps led. Team Target performed well at Daytona International Speedway in 2011 earning two top-10 finishes.

Target: Minneapolis-based Target celebrates its 24th season in motorsports with Chip Ganassi in 2013. The partnership continues to rank as one of the longest current sponsor relationships in motorsports. Target serves guests at 1,763 stores across the United States and at Target.com. The company plans to open its first stores in Canada this year. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its income through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $3 million a week.

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