Montoya to Join Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates and Driver No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge

Prior to the start of the USG SHEETROCK 400 today, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates held a press conference in the media center of Chicagoland Speedway to announce that Formula 1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya has signed a multi-year deal with the organization to compete in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series beginning in 2007. Montoya will become the first Formula 1 regular ever to join the NEXTEL Cup ranks when he takes the wheel of the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger next season.

"Juan Pablo Montoya's entry into NASCAR is historic," said NASCAR president Mike Helton. "It encompasses all the things that are important to NASCAR, the things that we've worked very hard to establish. Juan Pablo is someone who touches not only the Hispanic fan base, but also is a driver with an international following. NASCAR has had success with drivers from other racing backgrounds who have come to NASCAR and done well, but to have Juan Pablo say, 'I want to compete here,' is historic," Helton said.

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