Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Target / Dream In Color Team
MEDIA ALERT: Juan Pablo Montoya will be available for a Hispanic media Q&A session in Victory Theater on Friday, Nov. 6 at 10:15 a.m. E.T. followed by his top-12 press conference in the media center at 10:45 a.m. ET.
The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup: Unpredictable Talladega resulted in a 19th-place finish for Montoya. The finish boosted Montoya up one position in the Chase standings to fourth. He is the only driver not affiliated with Hendrick Motorsports in the top five after seven Chase races. Montoya is 239 points out of the lead and just 47 points away from third position.
The Chase Stats: Seven races into the 10-race Chase, Montoya is tied with Johnson for the most top-five finishes with five, has the third highest average running position of 8.1, second highest percentage of the fastest laps run during a race with 10.8, and the second highest driver rating at 111.6 in comparison to the other Chase drivers.
Dreaming In Color: Target partnered with four Hispanic influencers to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with its annual Dream In Color campaign, which celebrates diversity. The campaign features Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates driver Juan Pablo Montoya. The No. 42 Target Chevrolet team will run a very special Dream In Color paint scheme at Texas Motor Speedway. The 2009 dreamers were selected by Target for their compelling and encouraging stories and their passion to inspire greatness in others. Please visit www.target.com/dreamincolor for more information.
Texas History: Juan Pablo Montoya will be making his sixth NSCS start at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. This marks the eighth race of the Chase. Montoya has an average starting position of 14.4 and an average finishing position of 20.4. He has completed 95.4% of the laps and has led 10 laps. His best finish at Texas came in the spring race earlier this year where he finished in the seventh position.
About Talladega: In true Talladega fashion, the outcome would remain uncertain until the closing laps of the 188 lap race. From the drop of the green flag, the shuffling began. Montoya ran as low as 39th and led the field twice for a total of three laps during the race. The overall handling of the race car was good and Montoya flirted with the top-five for the majority of the day. Montoya would overcome running out of fuel only to be involved in an on-track collision under green/white/checkered conditions. Despite the chaos on track, Montoya would bring the No. 42 Target Chevrolet across the finish line in the 19th position and advance himself one position in the Chase standings.
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.
2009 In Numbers: Montoya and the Target team have accumulated two pole awards, seven top fives, 17 top-10 (51.5%) and 21 top-15 finishes this season. In the 33 Cup races run this season Montoya has earned 26 top-20 finishes. He has led 388 laps and averages a starting position of 12.1 and a finishing position of 13 for the season. They have completed 9558 of out 9579 possible laps (99.8%) this season which ranks first for active drivers and have no DNF’s (did not finish).
No. 1 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #082. The No. 1 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boat team will bring chassis #082 to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. This chassis helped Truex bring home his third top-10 finish for the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season when he finished sixth and led 61 laps at Darlington. The chassis was also used at Fontana (2/09), Dover (5/09), and Chicago (7/09).
No. 42 Target / Dream In Color Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #819. Pattie and the No. 42 Dream In Color team are bringing chassis #819 to Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. This is one of the favorite chassis’ in the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing stable. It has run at Atlanta in September (3rd), Michigan in August (19th), Pocono in August (2nd), California last month (3rd) and most notably Indy where Montoya led 116 laps and had a win in sight until a late race penalty eliminated his chances (11th).