Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Target Team
Michigan History: Montoya has made five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Michigan International Speedway. He has an average start of 21.2 and an average finish is 27.6. Montoya’s best race at the 2-mile track came earlier this season when he qualified seventh and came home with a sixth place finish.
Michigan Winner: Juan Pablo Montoya is no stranger to success at Michigan International Speedway. In 1999 he competed at the 2-mile oval in the CART Series for Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) where he started third and led for 28 laps before scoring a podium finish of second place. In the July 2000 CART race Montoya drove to Victory Lane after starting from the seventh position. He led 39 laps before taking the checkered flag.
Did You Know: In the last nine races Juan Pablo Montoya has scored 1,156 points; only Tony Stewart (1,530) and Jimmie Johnson (1,334) have scored more points than Montoya in that time. In those nine races Montoya has an average finishing position of 7.78.
Target House: Juan Pablo Montoya took a trip to Target House at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. on Tuesday with his Target teammates, Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti of the IndyCar Series. Target House® provides nearly 100 free, fully equipped apartments for families and patients receiving long-term treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, but it’s so much more than a place to stay. Target House is a home away from home for families facing the challenge of their lives. It’s also a place where Target team members, corporate partners and celebrities join to help build awareness of the good things happening at Target House and St. Jude. Team members regularly volunteer at Target House, and luminaries such as Shaun White, Tiger Woods, Scott Hamilton and the Jonas Brothers have made appearances at Target House and St. Jude over the years.
About Watkins Glen: Juan Pablo Montoya and the No. 42 Target team turned in another solid performance last weekend at Watkins Glen picking up their 11th top-10 finish of the season. Montoya took the green flag in 10th place and ran with the leaders most of the day. On lap 56 the Target team made their final pit stop and came out of the green-flag stop in 10th place. Montoya was able to climb his way up to a 6th-place finish when the checkered flag fell.
In the Points: Montoya’s sixth place finish at The Glen moved him up one position in the NSCS standings to a career-high 7th place. He now sits only 121 points out of fourth in the standings and has a 154 point cushion over 13th with only four races remaining before the cutoff to the chase at Richmond.
2009 In Numbers: Montoya and team have one pole award, one top-five, 11 top-10 and 15 top-15 finishes in the 2009 season. Montoya has led 133 laps and averages a starting position of 12.9 and a finishing position of 13.3 this season.
Michigan Native: Front-tire carrier Eric Bilyeu is a native of Waterford, Mich., about 80 miles from the track. He got his start in NASCAR five years ago after reading a story in NASCAR Scene about the Ganassi Racing pit crews. Bilyeu sent in a resume and became one of the first members of the team’s pit crew development program.
Target Teammate: Congratulations to Montoya’s CGR Target teammate Scott Dixon who became the all-time winningest driver in IndyCar Series history this past weekend when he claimed his 20th career IndyCar Victory at Mid-Ohio.
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No. 42 Target Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #819. The Target team will bring Chassis #819 to Michigan International Speedway this weekend marking the third race of the season for this chassis. Montoya last raced chassis #819 at Pocono Raceway where he finished a season-high second place. The team also used this chassis at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where Montoya qualified on the outside pole and led 116 of the races 160 laps.
No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #080. The No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet team will bring chassis #080 to Michigan this weekend. This chassis has been used twice this season at Las Vegas and Michigan.
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