Track/Race Length: 2.5 mile oval, 160 laps, 400 miles
Tri-oval with 31-degree banking in the turns
18-degree banking in the tri-oval and 6-degree banking on the straightaways
Date track opened: 1959
Banking in turns 1-4: 31 degrees
Banking in tri-oval: 18 degrees
Banking on backstretch: 3 degrees
Banking on the straightaway: 6 degrees
Length of frontstretch: 3,800 feet
Length of backstretch: 3,400 feet
Grandstand Seating: 168,000.
Pit Road Speed: 55 mph
Pace Car Speed: 70 mph
Pit Road Length: 1,600 feet
Pit Road Width: 50 feet
Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Target Team
Daytona History: Montoya has five NSCS starts at Daytona International Speedway. He has an average starting position of 22nd and an average finish of 27th at the Superspeedway. His best start and finish came earlier this year in the Daytona 500 when he started eighth and took the checkered flag in 14th position, after the race was called due to rain. Montoya is a two-time Rolex 24 at Daytona champion (2007, 2008) and drove to a second-place finish in the Rolex 24 this February.
Did You Know: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing has swept both Superspeedway poles this season. Martin Truex Jr. won the pole for the season-opening Daytona 500 and Juan Pablo Montoya won his first career NSCS pole at Talladega Superspeedway in April. Last July Bryan Clauson won his first career Nationwide Series pole at Daytona International Speedway while driving for Chip Ganassi Racing.
Last Weekend: Juan Pablo Montoya and the No. 42 Target Team had a solid weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a 12th-place finish after heavy rain ended the race early on Sunday afternoon. The 12th-place finish marks Montoya’s best finish at the 1.058-mile oval.
Montoya Appearance: Juan Pablo Montoya and wife Connie Montoya are scheduled to appear at the DUB Tour display on the Daytona International Speedway Midway at 4:00 pm ET on Saturday, July 4, 2009. The Montoya’s will be on-hand for a special Q&A session with 102 JAMZ FM personality and mid-day host Ronda Jordan and to accept a donation on behalf of their charity, Formula Smiles.
In the Points: Following the 11th top-15 finish of the season for the Target Team, Montoya remains 12th in the 2009 NSCS Championship driver point standings. The No. 42 team is 475 points behind leader Tony Stewart.
2009 In Numbers: Montoya and team have one pole award, seven top-10 and 11 top-15 finishes in the 2009 season. Montoya has led 17 laps and averages a 13.6 starting and 15th-place finishing position this season.
Home Track: Florida is the home state of Crew Chief Brian Pattie and Spotter Tab Boyd. Brian Pattie hails from Zephyrhills and got his racing start working with David Reutimann on DIRT modified and Late Model circuits in central Florida. Tab Boyd is a native of Pensacola and grew up racing on local Florida short tracks with his family. When he is not in the spotters stand Boyd works in the Fabrication department at Earnhardt Ganassi Racing.
No. 42 Target Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #902. The Target team will bring Chassis No. 902 to Daytona International Speedway this weekend. This will be the third race of the season for chassis No. 902. Montoya raced this chassis to a 14th-place finish in the Daytona 500 and qualified on the pole at Talladega Superspeedway before a late race accident relegated him to a 20th-place finish.
No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #076. Chassis #076 will make its debut this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. The chassis served as the backup at both Daytona and Talladega earlier this season.