Under the Lights on Saturday Night!
Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Lysol Team
MEDIA ALERT: Juan Pablo Montoya will be available in the media center for a brief media Q&A session on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 1:45 p.m. ET.
The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup: The third-place finish at California marked Montoya’s fourth consecutive top-five performance in the Chase. Through the four Chase races, Montoya is the only driver to finish in the top-five in all of them. In addition, his California finish helped him maintain third place in the point standings. The point’s deficit between him and new leader Jimmie Johnson is 58.
The Chase Stats: After four Chase races, the statistics for Montoya are impressive. Compared to the 11 other Chase drivers, Montoya has the highest average starting position of 5.3, the best average running position of 4.102 and the highest percentage of laps run in the top-15 with 99.3%, and is tied with Mark Martin for the highest average finishing position of 3.5. He is ranked second for the percentage of fastest laps run, and the percentage of laps led.
Lysol Paint Scheme: The No. 42 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet will display the Lysol paint scheme this weekend at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Lysol is a brand name of disinfectant household cleaners distributed by Reckitt Benckiser. It is marketed for cleaning, disinfecting food surfaces and odor removal. The name is used on aerosol sprays, pre-saturated tissues and liquid solution.
Lowe’s History: Juan Pablo Montoya will be making his sixth NSCS start at Lowe’s Motor Speedway this weekend. This marks the fifth race of the Chase. Montoya has an average starting position of 26.2 and an average finishing position of 27.4 in his five prior NSCS starts. Montoya’s best finish of eighth occurred at the spring race earlier this year. He has completed 91.9% of the possible laps at Lowe’s; 1561 out of 1698.
About California: Montoya started from the second row in the fourth position and it didn’t take long for him to find his way to the front of the field once the green flag waved. On lap 25, Montoya took over the lead and would find himself in that position a total of seven times throughout the day. The Target Chevrolet would never fall out of the top-10 during the 250-lap race and was continually credited as the fastest car out on the track. The race winner would be determined in a three lap shootout at the end of the day. Montoya would line up fourth on the final restart and battle it out for position until the very end. He advanced one position to cross the finish line in third.
Get Geared Up!: Fans should be sure to visit www.earnhardtganassi.com to get their Exclusive and Official 2009 Juan Pablo Montoya Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup gear. Fans that spend $42 will receive free shipping. Sprint Cup gear is also available trackside for Juan Pablo Montoya. Please visit an Americrown Event Merchandise kiosk or a Chevrolet Merchandise trailer for your items.
Back-to-Back IndyCar Titles for Target Chip Ganassi Racing: Target Chip Ganassi Racing claimed their seventh open wheel crown Saturday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway as Dario Franchitti drove to his fifth win of the season, locking up the 2009 IndyCar Series championship in the final race of the season. It marks the second IndyCar championship for Franchitti (2007), who returned to Indy car racing this year after a season in NASCAR with Ganassi. Teammate Scott Dixon finished third in the race, locking up second in the championship standings for a Team Target one-two sweep. Along the way, Franchitti (five) and Dixon (five) combined to win 10 of 17 races this season for Target, who celebrated their 20th year of partnership with TCGR in 2009.
2009 In Numbers: Montoya and the Target team have accumulated two pole awards, six top-fives, 16 top-10 (53.3%) and 20 top-15 finishes this season. In the 30 Cup races run this season Montoya has earned 24 top-20 finishes. He has led 348 laps and averages a starting position of 11.8 and a finishing position of 12.4 for the season. They have completed 8536 of out 8553 possible laps (99.8%) this season which ranks third for active drivers and have no DNF’s (did not finish).
No. 42 Lysol Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #906. Pattie and the No. 42 Lysol team are bringing chassis #906 to Lowe’s Motor Speedway this weekend. This chassis ran one other time at Kansas Motor Speedway in the third race of the Chase where the team finished fourth.
No. 1 DJ Hero™ Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #070. The No. 1 DJ Hero team will bring chassis #040 to Lowe’s Motor Speedway this weekend. This chassis was last used for the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (7/26) Atlanta Motor Speedway (9/6). Truex paced the field to win his second pole award of the 2009 season at Atlanta with this very chassis.