Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Target Team:
High Expectations: Juan Pablo Montoya returns for his fourth full-time NSCS season at Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates in the No. 42 Chevy with long-time partner Target. Montoya and Team Target capped off a 2009 NSCS campaign with two pole awards, seven top-fives, 18 top-10 (50%) and 22 top-15 finishes, with a trip to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. In the 36 Cup races of the 2009 season Montoya earned 27 top-20 finishes, led 388 laps, and averaged a starting position of 12.8 and a finishing position of 14.2. Team Target completed 10,336 of out 10,492 possible laps (98.5%) which ranked sixth for active drivers and had zero DNFs (did not finish). Montoya made the Chase for the Cup for the first time finishing eighth in the points standings. In the 10-race Chase for the Cup, Montoya had five top-five finishes, six top-10 finishes, an average starting position of 12.5, an average finishing position of 15.4, an average running position of 11.7 and 77% of his laps were run within the top-15. Montoya and Team Target now turn their attention to building on their successes during the 2010 NSCS season.
Superspeedway Success: Montoya matched his best finish of second at Talladega Superspeedway on August 27, 2008 by bringing home a second place finish at Pocono Raceway on August 3 – his highest finish of 2009. In his 11 Superspeedway starts, Montoya has never finished outside the top-20 with two top-fives, five top-10s, and eight top-15s.
Target Shootout History: The Target Chevy last appeared in the Bud Shootout in 2008 driven by Reed Sorenson when he drove to a fifth place finish. In three Bud Shootouts, the Target car has never placed outside the top-20. This will mark Montoya’s first appearance in the Bud Shootout.
Special Paint Scheme for the Shootout: The Target team will run a reverse Target paint scheme for their appearance in the Bud Shootout. The white car will be decaled with red logo’s to add additional flare to Montoya’s first appearance in the show.
- Montoya will enter his fourth full-time year in the NSCS in 2010 with Target returning as the sponsor.
- 2010 marks Montoya’s 10-year anniversary of his Indianapolis 500 win. It was his first and only race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as he went on to lead 167 of 200 laps, bringing home a win in the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”
- Total of 109 career starts in NSCS heading into Daytona.
- Montoya will reach 300 combined starts in 2010 (between NASCAR Cup-109, Nationwide-23, IndyCar-1, CART-40, and Formula One-94)
- No DNF’s at 10 NASCAR sanctioned tracks – Fontana, Las Vegas, Bristol, Martinsville, Phoenix, Darlington, Sonoma, Loudon, Chicago and Kansas.
- Has completed 35,193 laps in stock cars over the course of three years compared to 9,937 laps in open-wheel over the course of six years.
- First Latino, first Formula 1 driver, and first Indianapolis 500 winner to make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in 2009. Finished eighth in the point standings.
- Two wins and two poles in his stock car career (ARCA, Nationwide, NASCAR) with 14 top-five and 31 top-10 results in 134 combined starts.
- One of only three drivers to win in Formula 1, IndyCar and NASCAR Sprint Cup (Dan Gurney and Mario Andretti).
- In 2008, became the first driver in history to win in his first two starts in the Rolex 24 At Daytona (2007 & 2008).
- Visited victory lane three times across three different racing series in 2007 – winning his first Rolex 24 At Daytona, his first Nationwide Series race in Mexico City, and picked up his first Sprint Cup victory at Infineon Raceway.
- 2007 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year.
- Crowned as the youngest ever CART Champion at age in 24 (1999) and earned the CART Rookie of the Year Award
- 18 victories and 27 poles in his open-wheel career (CART, IndyCar, Formula 1) with 64 top-five and 81 top-10 results in 135 starts.
Target: Minneapolis-based Target celebrates its 21st season in motorsports with Chip Ganassi in 2010. The partnership continues to rank as one of the longest current sponsor relationships in motorsports. With two full-time entries in the Indy Racing League and a full-time car in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Team Target features some of the world’s most accomplished race car drivers.
No. 42 Target Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #809. Pattie and the No. 42 Target team are bringing chassis #809 to the Bud Shootout. This is a brand new chassis.
No. 1 Bass Pro Shops® / Tracker Boats (NSCS): Chassis #808. The No. 1 Bass Pro Shops® / Tracker Boats team will bring chassis #808 to the Bud Shootout. This is a brand new chassis.
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