Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Target Team
Watkins Glen History: Montoya will make his third start at Watkins Glen International this weekend. In his first start Montoya was running sixth when he was hit from behind and sent spinning with less than 20 laps remaining. Last year Montoya took the green flag from the 25th position and raced his way into the top 5, taking home a fourth-place finish. In two starts at the 2.45-mile road course Montoya has an average start and finish of 21.5.
Perfect Combo: Juan Pablo Montoya and Crew Chief Brian Pattie make a perfect combo at road course races. Montoya has two road course victories in NASCAR and will visit Watkins Glen International for the second time with Pattie as his crew chief. Brian Pattie had a tremendous amount of success at The Glen when he was a crew chief in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Pattie has three pole positions, one outside pole, three victories and one second-place finish to his credit at the road course in Nationwide competition. In their two road course races together, Montoya and Pattie have finishes of fourth (Watkins Glen ’08) and sixth (Infineon ’09).
About Last Weekend: Juan Pablo Montoya and the 42 team took home their best finish of the season, second place at Pocono Raceway, last weekend. Montoya took the green flag in 10th after rain washed out qualifying. The car was steady all race but Crew Chief Brian Pattie made a great call when he brought Montoya in for his last pit stop on lap 164. The Target team got him out of the pits quickly as the caution came out, bringing most of the field to pit road for their final stop. Montoya was able to stay out and moved to fourth place for the restart. He would fight his way up to second and challenge the No. 11 for the lead before finishing the race in second.
In the Points: A strong second place finish at Pocono Raceway moved Montoya up two spots in the NSCS standings to a career-high 8th place. Montoya sits only 102 points out of fifth in the standings while increasing his points cushion over 13th to 169 points with only five races remaining before the cutoff to the chase at Richmond.
2009 In Numbers: Montoya and team have one pole award, one top-five, 10 top-10 and 14 top-15 finishes in the 2009 season. Montoya has led 133 laps and averages a 13th-place start and a finishing position of 13.7 this season.
NY Native: Competition Director Steve Hmiel hails from Syracuse, north east of Watkins Glen. Hmiel joined the team in 2007 with over 30 years of NASCAR experience. He has been winning races and championships with some of the most recognized teams in the business including Petty Enterprises, Roush-Fenway Racing and Dale Earnhardt Inc.
Chevy Fast Fact: Racing is a part of Chevy’s DNA. Chevy builds cars, and races cars to win (32 NSCS Manufacturer Championships; 25 NSCS Driver Championships). Moreover, racing provides an effective marketing tool that helps Chevy sell cars and trucks.
No. 42 Target Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #811. The Target team will bring Chassis #811 to Watkins Glen International this weekend. This will be the first time chassis #811 will be used in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition this season. The Target team tested this chassis at Road Atlanta in July.
No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #065. The No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet team will bring chassis #065 to Watkins Glen. This marks the first race for the chassis.