Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Target Team
MEDIA ALERT: Juan Pablo Montoya will be available at the No. 42 hauler for a brief media Q&A session on Saturday, March 20th at 10:30 a.m. ET
Bristol History: Montoya will be making his seventh NSCS start at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday. He earned the outside pole in fall 2007 in just his second attempt at the 0.533-mile track, and went on to finish 17th on the lead lap. In this race last year, he scored his best NSCS finish to date at the track, driving his No. 42 to a ninth-place finish. Montoya has finished in all previous six starts and has completed 3001 of the 3013 laps raced (99.6%).
Race Review: Two weeks ago at Atlanta Motor Speedway saw the No. 42 Target Chevrolet bring home a third-place finish after running in the top-10 for all but 17 laps of the 341 laps completed. The third-place finish was the first top- five of the season for Team Target and helped advance the No. 42 five positions to 21st in the point standings.
High Rating: Montoya has the ninth-best Driver Rating, yet sits outside the top 20 in points. But luck has plagued his season. At Auto Club Speedway, Montoya suffered a DNF because of a motor problem. A week later in Las Vegas, he got caught up in an on-track incident that left the team 20 laps down to the leader. Both races ended with 37th-place finishes. At Auto Club Speedway, Montoya had a solid Driver Rating of 89.9. In Vegas, his Driver Rating was 71.5. A maximum of 150 points per race is allotted based off the following categories: win, finish, top-15 finish, average running position while on lead lap, average speed under green, fastest lap, led most laps, lead-lap finish.
Consistency in Qualifying: Montoya has been on a hot streak when it comes to his qualifying efforts in 2010. In the first four races of the season, Montoya has qualified eighth (Daytona), second (Fontana), 10th (Las Vegas) and third (Atlanta). This gives Montoya an average starting position of 5.8 heading into Bristol this weekend.
Flashback: After Montoya drove the Target Chevrolet to a third-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway the No. 42 gained five positions in the point standings to currently sit 21st, 226 points behind leader Kevin Harvick. The irony of that is last season after the AMS event, Montoya was again 21st in the point standings, 226 points behind the leader, the only difference being who the leader was and this year Montoya has 10 more points in the exact same position.
Local natives: Tony Glover—a Kingsport, Tenn., native—is a team manager at the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Concord, N.C. race shop. He has been in racing for 36 years and throughout his career Glover has built the reputation as one of the top mechanical minds in motorsports. Also, cousins Heath Silver and Andy Silver call Bristol their home track, as they are from the Asheville area. Heath is the Car Chief of the Target Chevrolet and Andy is a mechanic on the team during the race weekend.
No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #031. Kevin “Bono” Manion has decided to bring chassis #031. This chassis was last used during the 2009 season at Loudon (September) where it finished 19th.
No. 42 Target Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #903. Pattie and the No. 42 Target team are bringing chassis #903 to Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. This chassis ran twice last year by the 42 team (Michigan- June, Chicago- July) where it finished sixth and 10th.