Juan Pablo's NASCAR Debut in Miami

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JUAN PABLO MONTOYA TO RACE IN NASCAR BUSCH SERIES FORD 300, NOV. 18, AT HOMESTEAD-MIAMI SPEEDWAY HOMESTEAD, FL - (October 30, 2006) - Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) announced today that former Formula One star and NASCAR Busch Series rookie Juan Pablo Montoya will compete in the Ford 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 18. Montoya will drive the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge under the lights on the Speedway's 18 to 20-degree variable banking. As a South Florida resident, Homestead-Miami Speedway is considered the 'home' track for the Colombian-born Montoya, where he is often spotted zipping around the Speedway's karting track in his spare time. Although Montoya made his NASCAR Busch Series debut in Memphis, the Ford 300 will be his first opportunity to compete as a NASCAR driver in his adopted hometown. "We are very excited about Juan Pablo's participation in the Busch Series and look forward to welcoming him back to Homestead-Miami Speedway during Ford Championship Weekend this November," said Speedway President Curtis Gray. "He has an extremely loyal and dedicated international fan-base and we know that many of his fans live right here within South Florida's diverse population. Race fans will also be able to participate in a day of Latin-themed entertainment surrounding the Ford 300, including performances by Venezuelan band Tartara, and Argentinian pop singer Gizelle D'Cole, and an appearance by Latin model and actress Ivelin Giro. Homestead-Miami Speedway will also host the final round of Ford's Bailando por la Copa (Dancing for the Cup) salsa competition. The NASCAR Busch Series Ford 300 is scheduled to run at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 18 with radio coverage on MRN. The Chase for The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup returns to Homestead-Miami Speedway November 17-19 as the world's best drivers take their shot at becoming the 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Champion. All three NASCAR Series, the Craftsman Truck, Busch, and NEXTEL Cup will crown champions under the lights during Ford Championship Weekend. For more information or to purchase tickets or for more information, please visit www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com or call (866) 409-RACE.
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