Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Target Team
MEDIA ALERT: Juan Pablo Montoya will be available in the media center for a brief media Q&A session on Friday, Nov. 20 at 10:15 a.m. ET followed by a Hispanic media Q&A session at 10:30 a.m. ET
The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup: An eighth-place finish at Phoenix helped Montoya close the gap between him and Tony Stewart in the points chase. Montoya now only sits four points out of the fifth position heading into the season finale at Homestead. Point’s leader Jimmie Johnson won the race and has a 289 point lead over Montoya.
The Chase Stats: Nine races into the 10-race Chase, Montoya has five top-five finishes, six top-10 finishes, an average starting position of 11.3, average finishing position of 12.9, an average running position of 10.001 and 83% of his laps have been run within the top-15.
Home Sweet Home: Juan Pablo Montoya will return home to close out the 2009 season this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Not only do the Montoya’s call Miami home, this weekend’s start will mark three years since Montoya climbed behind the wheel of a NASCAR Sprint Cup car. In his inaugural race, Montoya started 29th and finished 34th due to an accident.
Homestead History: Juan Pablo Montoya will be making his fourth NSCS start at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend. This marks the ninth and final race of the Chase. Montoya has an average starting position of 24.3 and an average finishing position of 22 in his three prior NSCS starts. Montoya’s best finish of 17th came at the 2007 season finale. He has completed 97.9% of the possible laps at Homestead; 785 out of 802 and has led two laps.
About Phoenix: Team Target came into the weekend sixth in points and looking to gain some ground on the top five. The race would be run primarily under green flag conditions with only 23 laps displayed under caution. The final caution flag of the day waved on lap 171 and Montoya restarted in the 10th position. Over the course of the next 134 green flag laps Montoya was able to gain a few valuable positions and take the checkered flag in the eighth position.
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.
Miami Area Show Car Appearances: Race Fans! Juan Pablo Montoya’s No. 42 Target Chevrolet will be making a couple of appearances in the Miami area this weekend and we want you to come check it out! The first stop on the tour will include Kendall Chevrolet of Miami, Florida on Friday, Nov. 20 from 10am – 6pm ET. Kendall Chevrolet is located at 8455 S. Dixie Hwy., Miami, Fla. 33143. The second appearance will occur on Saturday, Nov. 21 from 9am – 5pm ET at Chevrolet of Pembroke Pines located at 14199 Pines Boulevard.
2009 In Numbers: Montoya and the Target team have accumulated two pole awards, seven top fives, 18 top-10 (51.4%) and 22 top-15 finishes this season. In the 35 Cup races run this season Montoya has earned 27 top-20 finishes. He has led 388 laps and averages a starting position of 12.5 and a finishing position of 13.6 for the season. They have completed 10101 of out 10225 possible laps (98.8%) this season which ranks sixth for active drivers and have no DNF’s (did not finish).
No. 1 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #070. The No. 1 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boat team will bring chassis #070 to Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend. This chassis was last used for the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Kansas where Truex and team brought home a 16th-place finish. The team also used this chassis earlier this season for the first races at Atlanta (3/09) and Texas (4/09). It was in the Atlanta race with chassis #070 that Truex brought home his first top-10 finish of 2009.
No. 42 Target Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #910. Pattie and the No. 42 Target team are bringing chassis #910 to Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend. This is a brand new chassis.