Rock and Roll Night Under the Lights at Richmond
Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Target Team
MEDIA ALERT: Juan Pablo Montoya will be available in the media center for a brief media Q&A session on Friday, Sept. 11 at 10:45 a.m. ET. (18:45 по Москве)
Chasing History: Juan Pablo Montoya is contending for his first appearance in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup since entering the NSCS full-time in 2007. Montoya could become the first international, the first Hispanic and first former Formula 1 driver to make the Chase.
Beyond the Numbers: With only one race remaining before the Chase cutoff, Montoya sits eighth in the NSCS standings. He is now 88 points in front of 13th position and just 17 points out of fifth. The following Chase scenario’s will fall into place at Richmond; Montoya will need to finish 18th or better, finish 22nd and lead at least one lap or finish 24th and lead the most laps in order to clinch a spot in the Chase.
Richmond History: Juan Pablo Montoya will be making his sixth NSCS start at Richmond International Raceway this weekend. He has an average starting position of 17.6 and an average finishing position of 27.8 in his five prior NSCS starts. Montoya’s best finish of 10th came in his last NSCS start at the 0.750-Mile Oval. Montoya has the second-most green flag passes at Richmond with 2,207. In the spring race, Montoya qualified 29th and recorded his first top-10 finish. In the NNS garage, Montoya has one start which resulted in an 11th-place finish.
About Atlanta: Juan Pablo Montoya advanced one position in the driver point standings from ninth to eighth after a solid performance at Atlanta. Montoya and the No. 42 Target team crossed the finish line in the third position and garnered their second top-five finish of the season. Qualifying in the 22nd position, Montoya quickly maneuvered his way through the field and never looked back. The Target Chevrolet never fell below the 14th position and was consistently one of the quickest race cars on the track. Montoya took the lead on lap 275 and led 31 laps before relinquishing it to eventual race winner Kasey Kahne and second-place finisher Kevin Harvick.
Montoya in a Presidential PSA: President Obama delivered a national address directly to students on the importance of staying in school on Tuesday, Sept., 8 at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Va. As part of the initiative, a public service announcement was aired featuring Earnhardt Ganassi Racing’s Juan Pablo Montoya and other NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase contenders including Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards and Dale Earnhardt Jr. To view the PSA please visit, www.earnhardtganassi.com/fans/video_library.cfm
2009 In Numbers: Montoya and the Target team have one pole award, two top-fives, 12 top-10 and 16 top-15 finishes in the 2009 season. In the 25 Cup races run this season Montoya has earned 20 top-20 finishes. He has led 164 laps and averages a starting position of 12.8 and a finishing position of 13.6 for the season. They have completed 6919 of out 6936 possible laps (99.8%) this season.
No. 42 Target Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #817. Pattie and the No. 42 team are bringing chassis #817 to Richmond International Raceway this weekend, marking the third race of the season for this chassis. This chassis earned its best finish of 10th at the spring Richmond race.
No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #051. The No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet team will bring chassis #051 to Richmond International Raceway this weekend. This chassis has not been used during the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.