Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Target Team
In the Chase: Juan Pablo Montoya has become the first international, the first Hispanic and first former Formula 1 driver to clinch a spot in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase. In his third full-season, Columbian-born Montoya secured a spot in the Chase after a 19th-place finish at Richmond. Montoya comes into the first race of the Chase in the 11th seed with 5,000 points. Veteran Mark Martin is ranked first with 5,040 points.
100 and Counting: Not only does the race at New Hampshire mark the first race for Montoya in the Chase, it also marks his 100th career start in the NSCS. Montoya wasted no time making his presence known in the NASCAR world after transitioning from open-wheel cars to the NSCS. Montoya became the first Latino to win in NASCAR’s premier Series and capture the Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year title in his inaugural season. Over the course of three years, Montoya has tallied one pole, one win, seven top-five and 21 top-10 finishes.
Birthday Wishes: Montoya will celebrate his 34th birthday on Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
New Hampshire History: Juan Pablo Montoya will be making his sixth NSCS start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend. He has an average starting position of 20.4 and an average finishing position of 20.6 in his five prior NSCS starts. Montoya’s best finish of 12th came in his last NSCS start at the one-mile oval in the spring. He’s led six laps and has completed 99.8% of the possible laps at NHMS; 1454 out of 1457.
About Richmond: A solid finish in Richmond is all the team needed to secure a spot in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase. They sat eighth in points with an 88 point cushion over 13th position. Montoya and the No. 42 Target team came into the weekend with a conservative approach and the strategy paid off. Montoya was able to run a clean race and cross the finish line in the 19th position. He and 11 other NSCS drivers will now compete for the championship.
No. 42 Target Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #907. Pattie and the No. 42 team are bringing chassis #907 to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend. This is a brand new chassis.
No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #031. The No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet team will bring chassis #031 to New Hampshire Motor Speedway this weekend. This chassis has not been used during the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.