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2014 Atlanta: Ganassi Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Aug 28, 2014 - 02:05 PM
2014 Atlanta: Ganassi Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Preview


#Sound Garage: Charge your phones and dress to impress because Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) is presenting a live-stream social media event for millennials called the Ganassi Sound Garage hosted by young CGR NASCAR drivers Kyle Larson (22) and Dylan Kwasniewski (19) and INDYCAR driver Sage Karam (19) at the team’s Concord, NC race shop on Sept. 8, 2014. Ganassi Sound Garage is a private, invitation-only concert for 300 social media influences featuring Big Machine Label Group artist and former winner of the NBC hit show The Voice, Cassadee Pope. The event, which will be emceed by FOXSports 1 Television Personality Kaitlyn Vincie, will be streamed live beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET on nascar.com, indycar.com and chipganassiracing.com for all fans to enjoy.


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Award Winning Performance: Jamie McMurray and the No. 1 McDonald's Chevrolet led a race-high 138 laps and crew chief Keith Rodden took home his second MOOG Steering and Suspension "Problem Solver of the Race" Award in Saturday's Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. The MOOG Problem Solver of the Race and $100,000 "Problem Solver of the Year" awards are sponsored by Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation. With 12 races to go in the 2014 season, Rodden is still of 16 crew chiefs that could still take control in the battle for the $100,000 MOOG Problem Solver of the Year Award.


Follow CGR on Twitter: Be sure to follow CGR on the official team Twitter page. Find in-race updates and weekly news on the No.1 and No.42 teams throughout the 2014 season by following @CGRTeams. You can also connect in the social conversation throughout the season with team hashtags - #TeamTarget #DriveCessna #TeamGanassi


@jamiemcmurray: Thanks @DaleJr @DanicaPatrick @JimmieJohnson and @gbiffle for joining me to get Mike (Helton) on the ALS #IceBucketChallenge http://ow.ly/i/6E5hd”

@KyleLarsonRacin: “That was about the hardest we've fought all year long. Proud of my @Target team. I put us in a huge hole and we were able to still get 12th”


Jamie McMurray and No. 1 Cessna Team

BMS Recap: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) took to the high-banked half-mile Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) for the Irwin Tools Night Race Saturday under the lights. After qualifying 18th on Friday evening Jamie McMurray quickly made his way through the 43-car field, taking the lead for the first time just before the halfway mark of the 500-lap race and dominating much of the second half, leading three times for a total of 148 laps before crossing the finish line with an 8th place result.

McMurray at Atlanta: McMurray has 20 previous starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS) where he has completed 6,239 of 6,450 (96.7%) laps of competition and has four top-10 finishes with an average start of 21.6 and average finish of 20. McMurray’s best finish at AMS came in Oct. 2005 when he finished sixth, his best start, third position, came in March 2009.

Crank up the #SoundGarage: The No. 1 Cessna Chevrolet will feature the Ganassi #SoundGarage logo on the decklid of McMurray’s ride this weekend in Atlanta to promote tune-in for a live-stream, social media event to take place at the Ganassi race shop on Monday Sept. 8. The event will be highlighted by a concert with Big Machine Record Label recording artist Cassadee Pope and hosted by young CGR drivers Kyle Larson, Dylan Kwasniewski, and Sage Karam.

Kyle Larson and No. 42 Target Team

BMS Recap: This week, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) returned to Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) for the annual night race. Kyle Larson and the team showed determination this weekend after their fast primary car was damaged in qualifying, forcing Larson to start the Irwin Tools Night Race in 40th position in a back-up car. Although the race was the first time the back-up car had been on the track, Larson managed to drive it to a 12th place finish.

Larson at Atlanta: This will be Larson’s first NSCS start at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He has one previous start at AMS in both the Nationwide Series and the Camping World Truck Series, where he finished fifth and sixth, respectively.

Bleachable Moment: Before Larson gets on track at AMS, he will pay a visit to The Clorox Company’s Forest Park plant, in Atlanta. Larson will have a chance to meet with plant employees before getting a behind-the-scenes tour of Clorox’s second largest Bleach plant.

Cartwheel Pit Stop: Larson’s primary sponsor on his No. 42 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) Chevy Camaro, Cartwheel by Target, will be at the race this weekend with a display in the fan zone. Cartwheel, Target’s digital savings app, has saved users over $101 million to date. Larson, who is one of the many to have benefitted from the savings, even has his own collection of items on the app. Larson, along with members of his pit crew, will make an appearance at the Cartwheel display on Sunday from 3:40 – 3:55 p.m. ET.

A Shopping Bullseye: If you have made it to the race only to find out you’ve forgotten to pack a few necessities, there’s no need to worry. For all your last minute needs and forgotten items, Target has all of the essentials and more. The nearest Target is located at 1850 Jonesboro Rd, McDonough, Ga. and can be reached at (678) 583-2184. Call ahead and make sure they have what you need.


Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 25 years and is considered one of the most successful as well as innovative owners the sport has anywhere in the world. Today his teams include four cars in the Verizon IndyCar Series, two cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and one Prototype in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Overall his teams have 17 championships and more than 160 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400, five Rolex 24 At Daytonas and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Ganassi boasts state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis and Brownsburg, Ind. and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh, Pa.

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