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Headin’ West

Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Target Team

MEDIA ALERT: Juan Pablo Montoya will be available in the drivers meeting room for a brief media Q&A session on Friday, Feb. 19 at 10:45 a.m. ET

California History: Juan Pablo Montoya will be making his seventh NSCS start at the Auto Club Speedway on Sunday afternoon. Montoya is coming off a track-best finish from the final visit in 2009 where he started fourth and led for 78 laps before finishing third. He had previously only led for one lap with a best finish of 11th in the first event of 2009.

Last week in Daytona: After a strong performance in the Gatorade Dual, Montoya placed the No. 42 Target machine in the eighth position for the start of the Daytona 500. He would go on to lead two laps and run up in the top-10 for the majority of the 200 lap race. In a wild green/white/checker finish, the Target Chevrolet would finish the day in the 10th position.

Ticket Package: Auto Club Speedway and Montoya have teamed up for a special ticket package for the Auto Club 500 race. In honor of Juans foundation, $42 will go toward Formula Smiles. For $142, the package includes a ticket to the race on Sunday, pre-race pit pass, a Montoya gift and an exclusive Q&A session with the driver of the No. 42 Target Chevrolet. For more information go to

Team Recognition: Juan Pablo Montoyas over-the-wall crew won the Tissot Pit Road Precision Award after the Daytona 500. Montoyas No. 42 Target Chevrolet spent the least amount of time on pit road at Daytona International Speedway. The outstanding effort contributed to Montoya’s top-10 finish in the Sprint Cup season-opener.

West-Coast Natives: One member of the Target team calls California his home state. Mechanic J.D. Frey grew up in Ferndale, (260 miles north of San Francisco) and has been involved in racing for the last 12 years.

Special Guests: Extreme Makeover Home Edition hosts John Littlefield and Ed Sanders will get some track time this weekend as they will be guests of the No. 42 Target team.


No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #31 Crew Chief Kevin Bono Manion and the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats team are bringing chassis #31 to Auto Club Speedway this weekend. This is a brand new chassis.

No. 42 Target Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #906 Pattie and the No. 42 Target team are bringing chassis #906 Auto Club Speedway this weekend. This is a brand new chassis.

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