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Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing Belle Isle Advance Notes

Friday June 1, 2012


Race:           Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix (3:30 PM ET, ABC)
Track:          The Raceway at Belle Isle (2.096-mile street circuit)
Location:       Detroit, Michigan
Follow CGR on Twitter:  Follow @CGRTeams for official updates from Chip Ganassi Racing’s IZOD IndyCar Series drivers Graham Rahal and Charlie Kimball.
Team Manager John Cummiskey on Belle Isle:  The Service Central Chip Ganassi team is looking forward to racing in Detroit again, the auto-capital of the world.  It’s good for the city to have the race back in town and we enjoy racing there as a team.”
Honda Power: Honda enters this event second in Manufacturers’ Championship point standings with 33 points, trailing Chevrolet by nine.
Ganassi GRAND-AM Joins In:  TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) and the No. 01 TELMEX Dinan-Prepared BMW Riley will join the IZOD IndyCar Series to compete in the Chevrolet GRAND-AM Detroit 200 at Belle Isle this weekend.  This will mark the first GRAND-AM event at the Raceway at Belle Isle.  The race will begin on Saturday, June 2nd at 5:00 PM (ET) and will air on SPEED.
There’s an App for that:  Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) and SapientNitro SM recently re-launched an updated mobile application, which is one of the first for the high-velocity world of racing.  The application brings fans updated driver and event information, and exclusive content in one centralized and expansive mobile experience, bringing to life the rich heritage and legendary success of CGRT.  The unique mobile application conveys the high-octane rush of the racing experience for a team that competes at the highest levels in three series – the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS), IZOD IndyCar Series and GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series.  Click here to visit the iTunes Application store and download the CGRT mobile app.
Follow Graham on Twitter:  Follow @grahamrahal for updates as the driver of the No. 38 Service Central Honda completes his second season with Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing in the IZOD IndyCar Series.
Helmet of Hope:  The Graham Rahal Foundation was selected as one of the 12 charities that will be featured on NSCS Champion Jimmie Johnson’s helmet, through the Helmet of Hope program.  Johnson will wear the helmet in the NSCS race at Infineon Raceway on June 24 in Sonoma, California.  In addition to being featured on Johnson’s helmet, the Graham Rahal Foundation will receive a $10,000 grant as well as a Blue Bunny ice cream party.  The program, which is part of the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, allows fans and media members across the country to nominate their favorite charities, which are then selected at random.
Rahal in The Big Apple:  Rahal recently travelled to New York for Indianapolis 500 Media Day where he was a part of a number of national media appearances including; ‘Fox & Friends’ on Fox News, ‘Wake Up with Al’ on The Weather Channel and Bloomberg TV.  While appearing on ‘Fox & Friends,’ Rahal competed against anchor, Brian Kilmead, in an entertaining go-kart race on a course set up by Bass Pro Shops.  You can view the segment at: Rahal Prepares for the Indianapolis 500
Indy 500 Recap:  Rahal finished 13th at the 2012 Indianapolis 500.  The result came in his 82nd IZOD IndyCar Series career start, his fifth Indianapolis 500 start overall and his second with the Service Central Chip Ganassi team.  Rahal started the race from the 12th position and showed strength early-on, running as high as fifth within the first 50 laps of the 200-lap race.  Rahal ran with the leaders for nearly a quarter of the race, spending 45 laps in the top-five.  The Service Central Chip Ganassi team ran as high as third position on the 2.5-mile, oval track, but would battle a loose car for the later portion of the race.  With 20 laps to go, Rahal would pick up four spots before finishing 13th.
In the Points:  With the result, Rahal is now 14th in the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings with 97 markers, 103 points out of the top spot.
Belle Isle History:  Rahal will be competing in his second event at the Streets of Belle Isle.  The first time Rahal competed at this location was the last IndyCar event held at the Streets of Belle Isle, in 2008.
Rahal on Belle Isle:  “Really looking forward to getting back on track in Detroit.  It was a race I enjoyed a lot in 2008 and am looking forward to it being back on our schedule.  The Service Central Chip Ganassi team is looking to build some momentum in a key-point of our season, and we find no better place to start than Detroit.  Friday can't come soon enough!”
2012 STATS
 StartsWinsPolesTop 5sTop 10sPts. Pos./(Prev)
Graham Rahal5001114/12
 StartsWinsPolesTop 5sTop 10s
Graham Rahal82121638
John Cummiskey – Team Manger
No. 38 (IndyCar)
Crew Chief (Air Jack): Mark SampsonTransport Driver: Mike Clark
Engineer: Martin Pare Rear End Mechanic (L/R): George Sladky
Assistant Engineer: Robert RidgelyRear End Mechanic (R/R): Donnie Skinner
Tires/Transport Driver: Mike Briggs Front End (R/F): Josh Junge
Spotter: Lee OrebaughFront End/Fueler: Trey Harkins  
Gear Box (L/F): Mike LaFontain
About Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Inc.
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 in the IZOD IndyCar Series, two cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and one Daytona Prototype in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series.  Overall his teams have 14 championships and 146 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400 and four Rolex 24 At Daytonas.  Ganassi boasts state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis and Brownsburg, Ind. and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh, Penn.
For more information log onto chipganassiracing.com

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