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Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Target Team

MEDIA ALERT: Juan Pablo Montoya will be available in the media center for a brief media question and answer session on Friday, July 31 at 10:30 a.m. ET. (19:30 мск)

Pocono History: This weekend Montoya will be making his fifth start at Pocono Raceway. In four prior starts Montoya has an average starting position of 19.2 and an average finish of 24.4 at the 2.5 mile oval. His best finish came earlier this season during the Pocono 500. Rain cancelled qualifying and the starting grid was set according to the NASCAR rule book so Montoya would start the race in 15th. Montoya went on to score an eighth-place finish, earning his fifth top-10 finish of the season.

About Last Weekend: Juan Pablo Montoya and the 42 team dominated at Indianapolis Motor Speedway before a penalty late in the race relegated him to an 11th-place finish. Montoya took the green flag from the outside pole and quickly took the lead on lap five. He would go on to lead a race high 116 of the first 124 laps before pitting on lap 125 with over a five second lead. Montoya came in for a routine green-flag pit stop but was called for speeding on pit lane and was assessed a drive through penalty. The penalty dropped Montoya from the lead to 12th position. He took the checkered flag in 11th.

In the Points: After a strong performance at the Brickyard the 42 team was able to end the day with another top-12 performance by finishing 11th. The finish dropped Montoya just one spot in the standings to 10th but increased his points cushion over the 13th place driver to 100 points – his most comfortable position in the standings this season.

Did you know?: If Target were to completely fill the infield of Pocono Raceway with an average sized 126,000-square-foot store, they could build 37 altogether. That is only 11 fewer than the total number of Target stores in the state of Pennsylvania.

Chevy Fast Fact: Chevy outsold Toyota by more than 30,000 total cars and trucks for the second half of 2008 — during a time when the economy got tougher and the fuel and credit crises hit.


No. 42 Target Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #819. The Target team will bring Chassis #819 to Pocono Raceway this weekend. Montoya last drove this chassis last weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where he qualified on the outside pole and lead 116 of the races 160 laps before a penalty relegated him to an 11th-place finish.

No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #803. Chassis #803 will be making its second start of the season at Pocono. Martin Truex Jr. drove the chassis earlier this season at the first Pocono event. He started the race in 19th and worked to put himself in position, but he was forced to pit in the closing laps and finished in 18th.

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