Thursday, March 5, 2015

Both Chip Ganssi Racing cars contenders to win Las Vegas Pole

Larson is 25/1 to win pole on Friday
Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Advance Notes

Race: Kobalt 400 – 267 Laps/400.5Miles #Kobalt400
Track: Las Vegas Motor Speedway (oval) @LVMotorSpeedway
Drivers: @jamiemcmurray, @KyleLarsonRacin
Cars: No. 1 Cessna Chevrolet SS, No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS
Television: Sunday, Mar. 8 – FOX (3:30 p.m. ET)
Social: @CGRnascar #TeamGanassi #TeamTarget #Cessna1

Playing the Odds: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) has a total of 33 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) starts, with 11 different drivers, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS). The team has totaled 10 top-10 and four top-five finishes, including a victory 13 years ago with driver Sterling Marlin. In those 33 starts the team has completed 8,555 of 8,874 (96.4%) laps of competition, or 13,311 miles, the distance of three roundtrips between the CGRFS shops in Concord, NC and LVMS

Follow CGR on Twitter: Be sure to follow CGR on their official team Twitter page. Find in-race updates and weekly news on the No.1 and No. 42 teams throughout the 2015 season by following “@CGRnascar”. You can also connect in the social conversation throughout the season with team hashtags – #TeamTarget, #Cessna1

@KyleLarsonRacin: “Such a frustrating race. Top 5 car but had no luck. We’ve got a great team just gotta get the luck changed. We’ll be okay.”

@jamiemcmurray: “Great job by our @McDonalds @Cessna team. Staring P3 Proud of all my guys…and girl! (following qualifying at Atlanta Motor Speedway)”


Jamie McMurray and No. 1 Cessna Team

Atlanta Results: Race No. 2, The Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, on the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) season was held at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS). Jamie McMurray, driving the McDonald’s Chevrolet SS, was working on closing-out a strong run, when he was collected in an accident on lap 256 that took him out of competition and him relegated to a 40th place finish.

McMurray at Las Vegas: McMurray will make his 13th NSCS career start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend. In 12 previous starts he has four top-10 and one top-five finish. McMurray has finished on the lead lap in eight of those 12 races and has completed 3,205 of 3,225 (99.4%) of competition. He has never had a did not finish (DNF) at Las Vegas Motor Speedway along with an average start of 20.7 and average finish of 17.9, his best start and finish came in 2004 when he started and finished in fourth-place.

Vegas Riot: The award winning Country music group Rascal Flatts, who released their ninth studio album in May 2014, that includes the hit single Riot, will be singing the National Anthem prior to the start of the Kobalt 400. The group will also have their name on the No. 1 Cessna Chevy SS this weekend at LVMS. Rascal Flatts is in the middle of a three week residency at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino where they will play several shows from Feb. 25 – Mar. 14 at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The award winning group is the first country music act to ever headline at The Joint.

Kyle Larson and No. 42 Target Team
Atlanta Results
: In the first race of the year with the new rules package in place, the weekend started off positively for Kyle Larson and the Target team in the No. 42 Energizer EcoAdvanced Chevy. However, several mistakes during the race, a mechanical issue and a late-race incident resulted in a 26th place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS).

Larson at Las Vegas: Larson has only one previous start at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the NSCS, which came in last year’s Kobalt Tools 400. Larson qualified for that race in 17th position, and had the fourth-most green flag passes, with 76, on his was to finishing one lap down in 19th position.

Owning It: In addition to being in Las Vegas as a competitor this week, Larson will also be there as an owner. Larson Marks Racing, a World of Outlaws sprint car team partially owned by Larson, will be competing at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Wednesday and Thursday, with Shane Stewart driving the No. 2 car. The team already has one win this season, which came in January with Larson behind the wheel at the Winter Heat Showdown at Cocopah Speedway in Arizona.

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 the essentials and more. The nearest Target is located at 4001 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89119 and can be reached at 702-732-2218. Call ahead and make sure they have what you need.
2015 STATS
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
StartsWinsPolesTop 5sTop 10sAvg. StartAvg. FinishPts. Pos.
Jamie McMurray200009.033.532
Kyle Larson2000017.530.029

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
StartsWinsPolesTop 5sTop 10sAvg. StartAvg. Finish
Jamie McMurray4407115212118.919.0
Kyle Larson420181716.616.4

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 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 over 160 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400 and six 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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