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, Sept. 5 at 10:15 a.m. ET.(18:15 по Москве)
Atlanta History: Juan Pablo Montoya will be making his sixth NSCS start at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend. He has an average starting position of 16.8 and an average finishing position of 24.4 in his five prior NSCS starts. Montoya’s best finish of fifth came in his first NSCS start at the 1.54-Mile Quad-Oval. Earlier this season, Montoya qualified fourth but battled an ill-handling car before coming home 27th. In the NNS garage, Montoya has one start which resulted in an eighth-place finish.
Montoya Holds Benefit Concert: While many in NASCAR used the off week to relax, Juan Pablo Montoya took the opportunity to continue with his philanthropic efforts. Juan Pablo and his wife Connie held a benefit concert in Panama City, Panama, called Formula Latina, last week to benefit his Formula Smiles foundation. Formula Latina was a private concert, held to benefit nearly 5000 underprivileged Colombian children to whom new opportunities are offered through sports and healthy recreation. Nearly a dozen popular stars of the Latin music scene participated in the benefit concert including Latin pop sensation Luis Fonsi.
About Bristol: Juan Pablo Montoya maintained his position inside the top-12 of the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings after a 25th-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway. Montoya had a fast car all weekend and qualified 11th for the start of the Sharpie 500. He battled inside the top-10 for the majority of his day, often appearing inside the top-5. Montoya moved into the second position as a caution fell for rain with only 40 laps remaining, but after the restart he started falling back and was eventually forced to pit with a right rear tire going down. The pit stop put the Target Chevrolet two laps down, relegating Montoya to a 25th-place finish.
In the Points: With only two races remaining before the Chase cutoff, Montoya sits ninth in the NSCS standings. He is now 64 points in front of 13th position and just 20 points out of seventh. Just 89 points separates 7th through 14th position in the standings.
2009 In Numbers: Montoya and the Target team have one pole award, one top-five, 11 top-10 and 15 top-15 finishes in the 2009 season. In the 24 Cup races run this season Montoya has earned 19 top-20 finishes. He has led 133 laps and averages a starting position of 12.4 and a finishing position of 14.0 for the season.
No. 42 Target Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #818. Pattie and the No. 42 team are brining chassis #819 to Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend, marking the fourth race of the season for this chassis. Montoya’s best finish with this chassis came at Pocono Raceway where he finished a season-high second place. The team also used chassis #819 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 #804. The No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet team will bring chassis #040 to Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend. This chassis has been used once this season at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.