NASCAR

ESPN the Magazine nominates Juan Pablo Montoya for its NEXT issue...
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge, has been nominated as one of five athletes for ESPN the Magazine's NEXT issue. The trademark issue, which will hit stands Jan. 31, looks ahead and identifies those athletes whose talent and style will shape the landscape of sports in the years to come. Montoya will become the first Formula One regular to race full time on the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup circuit when he takes the green flag at the season-opening Daytona 500 this February. Previous NEXT cover athletes include Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Yao Ming, Alex Rodriguez and Brian Urlacher

Infineon Raceway will host the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, June 22-24, in 2007. Call 800-870-RACE for ticket information.

INDY RACING LEAGUE

Rock Legend Sammy Hagar joins Team KMA ownership...
Sammy Hagar has joined Indy Pro Series™ team Team KMA Racing as co-owner. The infamous "Red Rocker" and team principal Jon Lewis announced the partnership on Jan. 10. Hagar's premier brand of tequila, Cabo Wabo, will be highlighted throughout the team's Indy Pro Series operation. Team KMA Racing is a joint operation formed by team principals Jon Lewis (American Spirit Racing) and Ingo Strackerjan (Atlantic Racing Team). Team KMA has race operations in the Indy Pro Series and the Formula BMW USA Championship. Team KMA's multi-car Formula BMW Team will promote Hagar's Cabo Wabo Cantina. The team expects to announce its driver lineup in the near future.

Infineon Raceway will host the Grand Prix of Sonoma County, August 24-26, 2007. Call 800-870-RACE for ticket information.

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