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CGRFS Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car and NNS Advance Notes for Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez

CGRFS Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez Advance Notes
Race:         Mexico City 250 on Saturday, April 19 (LIVE, SPEED, 4 PM
                    Corona Mexico 200 on Sunday, April 20 (NNS) (LIVE,
Track:	    Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez (2.518-mile road course)
Location:  Mexico City, Mexico

CGRFS Media Contacts:
NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) 			Grand-Am Rolex Sports
Car Series
Angie Copen, No. 40 Fastenal Dodge			Angie Copen and
Heather Kincel, No. 01 TELMEX Lexus Riley
Heather Kincel, No. 41 Polaroid Dodge

MEDIA ALERT:  Following the NASCAR Nationwide Series final practice
session on Friday, April 18, at 5:30 p.m. CT, Scott Pruett will be
available at the No. 40 Fastenal Transporter in the NNS garage for a
brief media question and answer session.  For more information, please
contact the CGRFS media relations department.


Scott Pruett/Memo Rojas and the No. 01 TELMEX Lexus Team (Grand-Am) and
the No. 40 Fastenal Dodge Team (NNS)

Two for Two:  Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas' win at Homestead-Miami
Speedway (HMS) marked the Indianapolis-based team's 91st victory for
Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Inc. (1990-2008).  The duo's victory preceded
IndyCar teammate Scott Dixon's trip to victory circle later in the
evening at HMS which marked the team's 92nd win.  The double-dip was the
first time in the Indianapolis-based team's 18-year history they have
won two races on the same day. With the Target Chip Ganassi Racing
(TCGR) IndyCar team racing in Motegi, Japan, nearly 12 hours before the
Rolex series race on Saturday, the team will have a unique opportunity
to win two races on the same day in two different continents.
Sixteen and counting...: Pruett continued to solidify his place in the
Grand-Am record books as the winningest driver with 16 career Rolex
victories.  He also broke the record for most winning Chip Ganassi
Racing, Inc. driver with his HMS win, beating Alex Zanardi's 15 career
wins under the TCGR banner.

Double-Duty:  For the second consecutive year in Mexico City, Pruett
will maintain the helm of the No.01 TELMEX Daytona Prototype and No. 40
Fastenal Dodge Charger for CGRFS.  In Pruett's double-duty weekend last
season, he returned home with two top-five finishes (fourth Rolex, fifth
NNS).  Pruett's track history in three race starts (two Rolex, one NNS)
includes two pole positions, three top-five finishes and one win.  

A Friend, Indeed:  Rojas will be attending the Nationwide race on Sunday
to cheer on Pruett and looks forward to supporting his teammate in any
way he can.  In fact, his duties include giving Pruett rides to and from
the airport this weekend.

Racing through the Alphabet:  Pruett and wife Judy are putting the final
touches on their fourth children's book titled Racing through the
Alphabet which is scheduled to be finished and ready to sell next
Tuesday (April 22).  The quartet of books includes 12 Little Race Cars,
12 More Little Race Cars and Rookie Racer and will be sold at select
Target stores in the United States.  Pruett exclaims, "this book is
truly awesome.  It's educational... It's fun.....Judy and I are excited
to finally have it on the bookshelves!"

Pruett's NNS Stats:  Pruett has a total of nine career starts in NNS
competition, which include two pole positions (one that was earned last
March at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in the NNS race and the other
driving for Kevin Lepage at Watkins Glen (NY) International in July
2001), one top-five and three top-10 finishes.  Last March was his first
official NNS 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 in a stock car in which he earned the pole position and a
top-five finish.  This weekend's run will mark his second stock car
start at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.  Pruett has made a total of 11
stock car starts on road courses for CGRFS in both NNS and Sprint Cup
Series, scoring one pole, four top-five finishes and six top-10

Check out the Parrott Perspective:  Pruett's NNS Crew Chief Brad Parrott
is keeping fans up to date on what is going on in the world of the
Fastenal Racing Team through an on-line log he is keeping throughout the
2008 NNS season.  Check out the Parrott Perspective at 

Crew Camera Cardamone:  This Sunday in Mexico City, Tony Cardamone, a
native of Charleston, W.Va. and the jack man for the No. 40 Fastenal
Dodge, will be featured during the Nationwide race with the coveted ESPN
crew camera.  The camera will give viewers a pit crewman's up-close view
of Pruett's pit stops.  Cardamone and the crew's perspective will be in
reverse this weekend as Pruett and the team perform their stops
backwards due to the unique road course design.  

NNS Standings Update:  In the NNS owner standings, the No. 40 Fastenal
Dodge Team has scored back-to-back 11th-place finishes in the team's
last two efforts-at Texas Motor Speedway and Phoenix International
Raceway.  The strong finishes have advanced the CGRFS NNS team a total
of three positions in the NNS owner standings-into 18th place.  The team
is just 71 points outside the top 10 and 292 out of first.  

Like Father, Like Son:  One of Rojas' special guests this weekend is his
father Guillermo "Memo" who shares the same passion for motorsports as
his 28-year-old son.  "Memo's" racing accomplishments include competing
in the 1974 24 Hours of Le Mans.  TCGR Managing Director Mike Hull
recalls the past, "Memo's father was one of the fiercest and at the same
time fairest race drivers that I ever raced against anywhere.  He had
enormous passion that didn't need translation."

Home Sweet Home:  Rojas will not have far to travel from his residence
in Mexico City to this weekend's race.  Throughout his racing career he
has considered Laguna Seca a home track because he lived there and
mastered the track after moving to the United States to compete in the
Skip Barber Dodge Series.

A Day with Memo:  Memo's life has been on the rev limiter since
January's Rolex 24 At Daytona win and he has changed his physical
training by adding boxing to the line-up to keep him competitive.  In
addition, his daily life is virtually non-stop with an 8 a.m. wakeup
call followed by breakfast and checking email until 10 a.m.  He spends
three hours at the gym each morning and returns home for lunch after
training.  Rojas' afternoons consist of a second workout, more email or
media events in Mexico City for TELMEX.  Being with friends and watching
T.V. at the end of the day is finally when he unwinds...and yet, the
alarm will be buzzing early the next morning.

On Two Wheels:  Rojas was the guest of honor at a RedBull X-Fighters'
April 4 event in Mexico City which features freestyle motocross
competitions.  With a crowd of 60,000 people, a video highlighting
Memo's career illuminated the Plaza de Toros Monumental as the tables
turned and he occupied the spectator's seat.

A Blue Entourage:  Rojas plans on keeping his pre-race events with
friends and family low-key as he plans to stay at the team hotel to get
plenty of sleep and maintain his focus.  It won't be hard to miss Memo's
fans because his guest list includes about 70 friends, family and
sponsors who will predictably be outfitted in blue TELMEX colors and
related paraphernalia.

Memo's Progress:  CGRFS Rolex Series Team Manager, Tim Keene spent time
before departing for Mexico City to reflect on Rojas' development and
maturity in his second season of Rolex competition.  "The first thing I
notice about Memo is he is much more confident - he's been to all the
tracks and knows them.  Last year we spent a lot of time, about a half
an hour every race, which is valuable track time, getting him to learn
the track.  We don't have to worry about that this year.  We're able to
show up at the track with Memo and get right into tuning the car and
having the best qualifying and race-able car.  This is huge for the team
and also shows that Memo's comfort level has increased a lot in the past
year.  I mean last year we finished every lap and on the strength of
that, plus winning the first two races already whereas we won two races
in the whole season last year, we're able to move forward.  Also, I see
a drastic physical and mental difference in Memo this year.  He is in
much better physical condition this year - we had him working
specifically on physical training and he is mentally confident.  The
past twelve months have proven to be a beneficial maturing time for Memo
and we are looking to make a great showing at his home track this

Kyle Krisiloff and the No. 41 Polaroid Team (NNS)

Krisiloff Is Right on Course:  Kyle Krisiloff faired well in the NNS
road course competitions in 2007, scoring a 16th-place finish (started
34th) at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez last March and a sixth-place
finish (started 20th) at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve last August.    

Owner Standings Update:  Krisiloff and the No. 41 Polaroid team
maintained their 29th-place position in the overall NNS owner standings
after finishing 24th at Phoenix International Raceway last Friday night.
With a current tally of 622, they are now 346 points outside the top 10
and 567 out of first. 


Topic:  Both of you have had different experiences with Mexico City -
Memo you will be racing for the second time in the Daytona Prototype;
and Scott you have raced on the track in both DP's and NASCAR Nationwide
cars.  What are your feelings going into the weekend, and how is this
year different than last year (or years past, Scott)?

Scott Pruett: "I don't think my feelings have changed much from prior
years.  I'm really looking forward to getting back into the No.40
Fastenal Nationwide car.  There's no doubt it will be a busy weekend
between being on-track with both cars and then spending time with each
group of engineers and crew to make the fastest car in each series.
Relatively speaking, we've been successful at the track with the 2006
Rolex win and top-5 finish with Memo last year as well as having a
highly competitive NNS car last year.  This weekend should be fun and
certainly keep me on my toes."

Memo Rojas: "Well, last year I was a rookie, and Mexico City was my
first sprint race of the season.  I didn't know a lot of things about
the competition, the car and the team.  Now, everything is different.  I
know all of those things pretty well and with the results from last year
and this year so far, I definitely have a lot more confidence."  


No. 01 TELMEX (Grand-Am):  One previous race start.  One win
(Homestead-Miami March 29, 2008) 

No. 40 Fastenal Dodge (NNS):  Chassis #559.  This is the same car Crew
Chief Brad Parrott and Juan Pablo Montoya raced to victory lane at
Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in March 2007, which marked Montoya's
career-first NASCAR victory (started third).  

No. 41 Polaroid Dodge (NNS):  Chassis #657.  This is the same car Crew
Chief Brian Pattie and the No. 41 CGRFS NNS team raced in Mexico last
year with Scott Pruett behind the wheel.  Pruett and team sat on the
pole with this car and then raced to fifth-place finish.  

2008 STATS

Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series
	Starts	Wins	Poles	Top 5s	Top 10s	Ave Start	Ave
Finish	Owner Pts. Pos./(Prev)	
Pruett/Rojas	2	2	0	2	2	4.5	1

NASCAR Nationwide Series
	Starts	Wins	Poles	Top 5s	Top 10s	Ave Start	Ave
Finish	Owner Pts. Pos./(Prev)	
Scott Pruett	0	0	0	0	0	0	0
Kyle Krisiloff	4	0	0	0	0	27.8	31.2


Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series
	Starts	Wins 	Poles	Top 5s	Top 10s	
Scott Pruett	56	16	21	36	53	
Memo Rojas	16	3	1	9	15	

NASCAR Nationwide Series
	Starts	Wins 	Poles	Top 5s	Top 10s	Ave Start	Ave
Scott Pruett	9	0	2	1	3	10.9	16.1	
Kyle Krisiloff	42	0	0	1	2	31.9	28.5	

Mike Hull - Managing Director (Indianapolis, IN)
Tim Keene - Team Manager (Rolex) (Indianapolis, IN)
John Fernandez - Managing Director (Concord, NC)
Tony Glover - Team Manager (Concord, NC)
Steve Hmiel - Director of Competition (Concord, NC)

No. 01 (Grand-Am)		
Crew Chief:  Kent Holden	Gear Box:  Jackie Cobb	
Engineer:  Mike O'Gara	Truck: Jimmy Wirey/ Greg Goetzinger	
Assistant Engineer:  Ken Brooks	Fabrication:  Jeremy Burtner	
Front End:  Tyler Rees	Shocks:  Kevin Edgely	
Rear End:  Trevor Montgomery	Body Work: Rich Ogan	

No. 40 (NNS)	Hometown		Hometown	
Crew Chief:  Brad Parrott	Charlotte, NC 	Rear Tire Changer:
Chuck Efaw	Big Prairie, OH	
Chief Mechanic:  Mark Rette	Freehold, NJ	Rear Tire Carrier:  Todd
Drakulich	Tucson, AZ 	
Front Tire Changer:  Evan Clark	Carmel, NY 	Gas Man:  Marcus
Bonicelli	Colorado Springs, CO 	
Front Tire Carrier:  Marty Forcier	Superior, WI 	Catch Can:
Scott Vogelsong	Camp Hill, PA 	
Jack Man:  Tony Cardamone	Charleston, WV	Spotter:  Terry Windell
Charlotte, NC	
Spotter: Bret Gipson	York, SC	Spotter: Buddy Parrott
Charlotte, NC	

No. 41 (NNS)	Hometown		Hometown	
Crew Chief:  Brian Pattie	Zephyrhills, FL 	Rear Tire
Changer:  Daryl Lockyer	Los Angeles, CA 	
Chief Mechanic:  Dan Chivari	Erie, PA 	Rear Tire Carrier:  Adam
Mills	High Point, NC 	
Front Tire Changer:  Trevor Lysne	Fergus Falls, NY 	Gas Man:
Shane Bourgeois	Peachtree City, GA 	
Front Tire Carrier:  Adam Cooke	Zephyrhills, FL 	Catch Can:  Ryan
Quann	Richmond, VA 	
Jack Man:  Mark Jacobs	Fort Walton Bch, FL 	Spotter:  Tim Beaver
Mooresville, NC	
Spotter: David Hatfield	Pensacola, FL	Spotter: Kevin Hamlin
Snohomish, Wash.	

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