Cheez-It 355 at the Glen Advance Notes – Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates

Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Advance Notes


Race:                             Cheez-It 355 at The Glen – 90 laps/220.5 miles #CheezIt355
Track:                            Watkins Glen International (2.45-mile road course) @WGI
Drivers:                        @jamiemcmurray, @KyleLarsonRacin
Cars:                             No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet SS, No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS
Television:   Sunday, Aug. 9 NBCSN (2 p.m. ET)
Social:                           @CGRnascar #TeamMcD #TeamTarget #TeamGanassi

American Muscle


Racin’ in the Rain – While the forecast looks great for this weekend in Watkins Glen, should rain appear, expect cars to remain on-track and racing. As was the case for the road course race at Sonoma Raceway, NSCS teams will have rain tires ready for use if a shower or two pop up during the weekend. In addition to rain tires, the cars will also be equipped with windshield wipers and safety light inside the rear window to accommodate for racing in inclement conditions.

Left, Right, and Backwards: In addition to making left and right-hand turns this weekend on the road course, the drivers and pit crews also have the added challenge of operating on pit road in a reverse manner. Due to the configuration of the track, running laps in a clockwise direction, drivers will be coming in for stops with pit road to their right instead of left. To accommodate for this configuration, the fueling connection will be moved to the right side of the car to allow the gasman quick and safe access during pit stops.


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 2015 season by following @CGRnascar. You can also connect in the social conversation throughout the season with team hashtags – #TeamTarget #TeamMcD #TeamGanassi

Tweet of the Week

@jamiemcmurray – Going to Canada with @cessna to do some Salmon fishing @BassProShops camp

@kylelarsonracin – Well that finish didn’t work out. Best car we’ve had all year though and pit crew did an awesome job all day @CGRnascar


Jamie McMurray and No. 1 McDonald’s Team

Pocono Recap: For the second time in less than 60 days the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) visited Pocono Raceway, this time for the Windows 10 400 at the “Tricky Triangle”. As the season winds down to the last six races before the cutoff to make the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup (Chase), the No. 1 Lexar team looked to secure a spot in the field. Jamie McMurray started from the 17th position and stretched fuel mileage after the final pit stop of the day to record a 15th-place result.

McMurray at The Glen: Jamie McMurray has made 12 starts at Watkins Glen International where he has completed 985 of 1,084 (90.9%) laps of competition. He has two top-10 and one top-five finishes with an average start of 15.4 and average finish of 19.0. McMurray has led a total of 13 laps in NSCS competition. McMurray started on the outside of the front row, his best start, in Aug. 2010 and his best finish of third-place came in Aug. 2006.

Long Winding Road: Jamie McMurray, who started his racing career 30 years ago at the age of eight, driving go-karts on winding race tracks, has translated those early beginnings into a solid performer on the two road courses where the NSCS competes each year. In 25 NSCS career starts on road courses (Sonoma and Watkins Glen) he has finished on the lead lap 21 of 25 times, led a total of 54 laps, has just two DNF’s (did not finish), completed 95.4% of the laps of competition and has three pole awards.

Kyle Larson and No. 42 Target Team

Pocono Recap: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) stopped in Eastern Pennsylvania this weekend for the second and final stop of the season at Pocono Raceway, a track where Kyle Larson has enjoyed several good runs. The Target team, racing the Suave Men Chevy at the Tricky Triangle, steadily improved throughout the weekend to put together a strong race on Sunday, finishing 12th after a 27th place start.

Larson at The Glen: Larson will be making his second NSCS start at the upstate New York road course this weekend. After starting last season’s race in 23rd, Larson amassed 81 green flag passes and gained six spots in the final nine laps en route to a fourth-place finish. Larson will also be racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series this weekend for HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi in the No. 42 Crest Chevy Camaro. It will be his third start at Watkins Glen in the NXS.

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 930 County Road 64, Elmira, N.Y. and can be reached at (607) 796-5910. Call ahead and make sure they have what you need.

Max Jones – Team Manager
John Probst – Technical Director
Tony Lunders – Competition Director

No. 1 (NSCS)



Crew Chief:  Matt McCall

Denver, NC

Rear Tire Changer: Kenyatta Houston

Bronx, NY

Chief Mechanic:  Ryan Bergenty

Plainville, CT

Rear Tire Carrier: Art Simmons

Newark, MO

Front Tire Changer:  Daniel Kincaid

Port Byron, NY

Gas Man:  Mike Metcalf

Charlotte, NC

Front Tire Carrier: Ben Fetzer

Fredericksburg, VA

Spotter:  Lorin Ranier

Prestonsburg, KY

Jack Man:  Shane Wilson

Edgewater, MD

No. 42 (NSCS)



Crew Chief: Chris Heroy

Angola, IN

Rear Tire Changer: Steven Tautges

Abbotsford, WI

Chief Mechanic: David Bryant

Concord, NC

Rear Tire Carrier: Gene Cornwell

Rock Hill, SC

Front Tire Changer: Nick Krizmanich

Kenosha, WI

Gas Man: Ed Watkins

Richmond, VA

Front Tire Carrier: Aaron Schields

Goodland, KS

Spotter: Derek Kneeland

Windham, ME

Jack Man: Graham Molatch

Harrisburg, NC


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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