NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crew Chief, No. 42
Brian Pattie returns to lead Juan Pablo Montoya and the No.42 team in the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS). Pattie stepped into the full-time role of NSCS crew chief for the first time last year for 25 races. In that time he amassed one top-five, two top-10, and four top-15 finishes. Now, Pattie and Montoya not only have their eyes set on bettering that record but also on Victory Lane.
Pattie is well known in the garage area as one of the most talented and mechanically-inclined crew chiefs in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS). In fact, during his relatively short tenure working in the NNS ranks, Pattie has racked up 19 poles and 18 wins calling the shots for some of the sport’s top drivers.
Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) hired Pattie in 2004 to help start and run the team’s NNS program by serving as crew chief. He called the shots for eight NNS races with Jamie McMurray, Casey Mears and newcomer Reed Sorenson, in which he led the team to its first NNS win at Phoenix International Raceway with McMurray, in addition to two poles, three top-five finishes and six top 10s.ss
CGRFS and the No. 41 team took the NNS program a step further in 2005, running a full season with Sorenson competing for rookie-of-the-year honors and a championship. Pattie orchestrated the efforts. Together, Sorenson and Pattie grabbed two victories, two poles, 12 top-five and 22 top-10 finishes. The Pattie/Sorenson combination embarked on another full NNS season in 2006. They amassed five top-five and 14 top-10 finishes in 34 starts together.
In 2007, Pattie worked with a myriad of CGRFS drivers including Sorenson, David Stremme, Juan Pablo Montoya, Scott Pruett, Michael Valiante, Kevin Hamlin, Scott Lagasse Jr. and Dario Franchitti. Drivers under his watch won two pole positions during the course of ’07 — Pruett started first in Mexico City and Stremme did the same in the April race at Nashville Superspeedway. In 2008, Pattie embarked in his first role as full-time crew chief in the NSCS with Montoya mid-season. In their 25 race partnership, the team amassed one top-five, two top 10s, and four top-15 finishes.
Fast Facts with Brian Pattie
Residence: Huntersville, N.C.
Hometown: Zephyrhills, Fla.
Home Track: East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, Fla.
Birthday: April 9, 1975
Personal: Married (Adriene), 4 children (Aleesia, Aubree, Alexis and Brennan)
Hobbies: Fishing, playing golf, dirt car racing
Charity Work: St. Jude’s Hospital
Racing Hero: Buzzie Reutimann, he has a “Go First Class” motto
Most Memorable Moment in Racing: Winning the Daytona 300 NNS race in 1998
Time in Racing: 20 years
Years with Team: 5 years