Casey Mears Selected To Drive No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge
Jamie McMurray Released From Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates
THIRD PARTY NEWS RELEASE: Issued by Chip Ganassi Racing
CONCORD, N.C., Nov. 7, 2005 -- Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) and its sponsor Chevron Products Company announced today that they have selected Casey Mears to pilot the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge starting in 2006. In addition, CGRFS has agreed to release Jamie McMurray from his contract to drive for the organization through the '06 NEXTEL Cup Series season.
"We've been working hard to find a driver solution for Texaco/Havoline and we are fortunate that we could offer them Casey," said team owner Chip Ganassi. "Some recent positive developments have allowed us to make this move and we couldn't be happier with how things are shaping up for the 2006 season. Casey is a driver and a person that we think a lot of and have a lot of faith in."
Mears has been with CGRFS since being selected by the organization to drive its No. 41 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series entry in 2003. He has competed in 106 races and recorded two poles, three top-five finishes and 17 top-10 finishes.
"I couldn't be more excited about the opportunity to drive the Texaco/Havoline Dodge next season," said Mears. "Texaco/Havoline has been a sponsor in this sport for a long time and they've had an impressive list of drivers compete and win in their cars. I look forward to joining that group and taking them and Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates back to Victory Lane."
In 2006, Texaco/Havoline will embark on its 19th season as a NASCAR sponsor. Its honor roll of drivers includes Davey Allison, Ernie Irvan, Dale Jarrett, Kenny Irwin, Ricky Rudd and Jamie McMurray, who combined have amassed a total of 27 victories in Texaco/Havoline cars. The addition of Mears is certain to carry on Texaco/Havoline's winning tradition and most importantly reinforce the quality and performance that the Texaco "Star" symbolizes.
"Our relationship with Ganassi Racing is built on communication and mutual trust," said Mark Nelson, president, Chevron Global Lubricants. "We were fortunate that an attractive opportunity surfaced that was not possible three months ago. We are very happy to have Casey Mears as the new driver of the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge. His talent behind the wheel, and his appreciation of our 18 years in racing make him a driver we hope to see shine behind the wheel of the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge for years to come."
About Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates
Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, based in Concord, N.C., currently operates four race teams in two of NASCAR's national touring divisions; three in the NEXTEL Cup Series with drivers Sterling Marlin, Jamie McMurray and Casey Mears and one in the Busch Series with driver Reed Sorenson.
About Chevron Corporation
Chevron Corporation is one of the world's leading energy companies. With more than 47,000 employees, Chevron subsidiaries conduct business in approximately 180 countries around the world, producing and transporting crude oil and natural gas, and refining, marketing and distributing fuels, lubricants and other energy products. Chevron Global Lubricants is a division of Chevron Global Downstream LLC, a subsidiary of Chevron Corporation. Chevron Products Company is a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc., a subsidiary of Chevron Corporation. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information on Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.
Updated: November 2005