MEDIA ALERT: Juan Pablo Montoya will be available in the media center for a brief media Q&A session on Friday, Nov. 13 at 10:45 a.m. ET followed by a Hispanic media Q&A session at 11:00 a.m. ET
The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup: An accident on lap 174 at Texas Motor Speedway resulted in a 37th-place finish for the Target team. Montoya took a hit in the Chase point standings and fell two spots to sixth. He is 236 points out of first and only 58 behind fifth with two races remaining.
The Chase Stats: Eight 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 10.015, second highest percentage of the fastest laps run during a race with 9.4, and the second highest driver rating at 106.6 in comparison to the other Chase drivers.
Phoenix History: Juan Pablo Montoya will be making his sixth NSCS start at Phoenix International Raceway this weekend. This marks the ninth race of the Chase. Montoya has an average starting position of 22.2 and an average finishing position of 21.4. He has completed 99.7% of the laps run at the one-mile track. His best finish at Phoenix came in the spring 2008 race where he finished 16th.
About Texas: The Target team was looking to continue their climb in the point standings last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. When it came to race time Sunday afternoon, Montoya was confident that their favorite chassis would assist them in doing just that. The No. 42 Target / Dream In Color Chevrolet was running ninth when the car broke loose and changed the outcome of the race in an instant. Montoya was forced back to the garage where the team repaired significant damage to the rear and right front fender of the car. They were able to get back out on track and salvage a 37th-place finish.
BeLive 2009: Formula Smiles, a foundation created by Juan Pablo Montoya and wife Connie Freydell, will be one of the organizations represented in the third annual BeLive gala next week in Miami. BeLive was created to help bring international awareness to Colombia’s social needs, create alliances between different foundations and organizations that work towards Colombia and raise funds to create, promote and expand the social work that these organizations do. This year’s event will take place on Thursday, November 19th at 7:00 pm (EDT) in Miami. For more information please visit www.belivecolombia.org
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 (50%) and 21 top-15 finishes this season. In the 34 Cup races run this season Montoya has earned 26 top-20 finishes. He has led 388 laps and averages a starting position of 12.3 and a finishing position of 13.7 for the season. They have completed 9789 of out 9913 possible laps (98.7%) this season which ranks sixth for active drivers and have no DNF’s (did not finish).
No. 1 Rain-X® Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #908. The No. 1 Rain-X® team will bring chassis #908 to Phoenix International Raceway this weekend. This chassis was last used for the fall 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Martinsville Speedway (10/09), helping Truex to qualify third.
No. 42 Target Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #909. Pattie and the No. 42 Target team are bringing chassis #909 to Phoenix International Raceway this weekend. This is a brand new chassis.