CONCORD, N.C. (June 15, 2010) – Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates announced today driver Juan Pablo Montoya will receive the National Fatherhood Initiative Award for successfully balancing his busy racing career with the needs of his children and family. The award presentation will take place on Sunday, June 20 during the prerace festivities at Infineon Raceway.
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MONTOYA FAMILY BACKGROUND: Juan Pablo Montoya and wife Connie have been married for eight years and reside in Miami. Together they have two children, Sebastian age 5, and Paulina age 3. The Montoya’s are also expecting their third child, a baby girl, in mid-July. When not in his No. 42 Target Chevrolet, he spends as much time as possible with his family on vacation, in the motorhome at the race track, and even makes it a habit to take his son, Sebastian to school every time he is back home.
NASCAR DRIVERS HONORED: Montoya was featured in a “Dads of NASCAR” piece on the cover of USA Weekend prior to the 2010 Daytona 500. The feature displayed his active family involvement both at and away from the racetrack.
ABOUT THE FATHERHOOD AWARD™: Inaugurated in 1997, the Fatherhood Awards™ are presented each year to individuals, corporations, and organizations that make a substantial contribution to the strengthening of involved, responsible, and committed fatherhood in their work or personal lives. Past Fatherhood Awardees include: NASCAR driver Dale Jarrett; country music superstar Tim McGraw; actor James Earl Jones; former NFL head coach Tony Dungy; Chevrolet; Johnson & Johnson; and Valvoline.
ABOUT NATIONAL FATHERHOOD INITIATIVE: National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI), founded in 1994, works in every sector and at every level of society to engage fathers in the lives of their children. NFI is one of the leading producers of research on the causes and consequences of father absence, public opinion on family issues, and trends in family structure and marriage. Through its resource center, FatherSOURCE™, NFI offers a wide range of innovative resources to assist fathers and organizations interested in reaching and supporting fathers. Through its “three-e” strategy of educating, equipping, and engaging, NFI works with businesses, prisons, churches, schools, community-based organizations, hospitals, and military installations to connect organizations and fathers with the resources they need to ensure that all children receive the love, nurture, and guidance of involved, responsible, and committed fathers.
Juan Pablo Montoya: “This is a special award for me because the only thing that I love more than racing is my family. I value the time I can spend with them at home in Miami and enjoy every weekend that I can have them travel with me.”