Richmond International Raceway Advance Notes

MINNEAPOLIS - September 7, 2011
EarnhardtChipGANASSI Racing
Race:  Wonderful Pistachios 400 on Saturday, Sept. 10
Track:  Richmond International Raceway (0.750-mile oval)
Location:  Richmond, Va.
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Shayna Keller No. 42 Target Chevrolet


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Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Target Team
Richmond Review:  Montoya has made nine career starts with Earnhardt Ganassi Racing at Richmond International Raceway.  Montoya has tallied three top-10s and completed 3,424 of a possible 3,610 laps (94.8%) in those races.  His best finish at RIR came in May of 2010 when he brought the No. 42 home in sixth and his best start came earlier this season when the Target Chevrolet led the field to the green flag from the pole, the seventh of his career.  Montoya has also run inside the top-15 for 52.3% of the laps he has run there. In his last two starts at RIR, he has started on the front row and led all of his 28 career laps led.
Short Track Ringer?:  Montoya has led more laps on the three NSCS short tracks (Martinsville, Bristol, and Richmond) than he has at the road courses in Sonoma and Watkins Glen (103 laps led on short tracks, 89 on road courses).  Montoya has also been running at the finish of all but one of his 28 career short-track starts.  During his time on the short tracks, Montoya has amassed two top-five’s, eight top-10’s and has one pole (Richmond in April 2011).
Virginia is for Montoya:  During the 2011 season, the NSCS has already made trips to the commonwealth of Virginia twice (Martinsville Speedway and Richmond International Raceway in April).  In the two races run in the “Old Dominion” state, Montoya and the No. 42 team has run near the front, picking up one pole position (Richmond), one top-five (Martinsville) and leading 25 laps.
Aim for the “Target”:  Since Target became the primary sponsor of the No. 42 team in 2009, Montoya has had some of his best results at Richmond.  In his five races with the Bullseye on the hood, he has picked up all three of his career top-10s, and both of his front row starting spots.  He has completed 1,995 of the 2,000 laps run and led every single one of his 28 laps led at the “D-shaped” oval.  He has four lead lap finishes in those five starts and has not had a DNF.
See You at the Chevy Stage:  On Saturday, September 10, Montoya will be participating in a Fan Q&A at the Chevy Stage in the Midway area at Richmond International Raceway.  Located near the main gate behind the Sprint grandstands, his appearance will be from 4:20-4:30pm EST.
Wild Card “Chaser”:  Montoya (22nd in points) still has a chance to be in the 2011 “Chase” field.  In order to clinch a spot, he not only needs to win the Wonderful Pistachios 400 on Saturday night, but also needs help from other drivers.  Along with the win, Montoya has to finish seven spots ahead of Paul Menard (20th) and Marcos Ambrose (21st) AND have either Brad Keselowski (11th) or Denny Hamlin (12th) race their way into the top-10.  If these things happen, Montoya would be the 12th and final driver in the “Chase for the Sprint Cup”.
Atlanta Recap:  When the green flag waved, the No. 42 Target Chevrolet started 12th and worked its way up to the fourth position before a mandatory competition caution on lap 30. Montoya returned to the track, but had some handling concerns knowing about the changing track conditions. The team pitted a total of 10 times for tires, fuel, adjustments and to make repairs after an on-track incident on lap 242. A total of 64 caution laps were run and a red flag was displayed on lap 202 for rain showers. Despite some fender damage and a lengthy race, the No. 42 team persevered and finished 15th.
In The Points:  Montoya’s 15th-place finish at Atlanta keeps him in wild card contention for the Chase for the Sprint Cup.  He has moved up one spot to 22nd in the NSCS standings.  He now sits seven points behind 20th and a possible wild card berth, if multiple dominoes fall correctly.
No. 42 Target Chevrolet (NSCS):  Chassis #1109. Crew Chief Jim Pohlman and the No. 42 team are bringing chassis #1109 to Richmond International Raceway this weekend.  This will be the third race of the 2011 season for this car.  This chassis was used at Phoenix International Raceway in February and at Richmond in April, when Montoya started on the pole.

2011 STATS
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Top 5s
Top 10s
Ave Start
Ave Finish
Pts. Pos./(Prev)
Juan Pablo Montoya

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Top 5s
Top 10s
Ave Start
Ave Finish
Juan Pablo Montoya


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Steve Hmiel – Director of Competition

No. 42 (NSCS)
Crew Chief:  Jim Pohlman
Oak Lawn, IL
Rear Tire Changer:  Chris McMullen
Canton, MI
Chief Mechanic:  Heath Silver
Asheville, NC
Rear Tire Carrier:  Chip Goode
Statesville, NC
Front Tire Changer:  Pedro Martinez
San Antonio, TX
Gas Man:  Ed Watkins
Richmond, VA
Front Tire Carrier:  Eric Bilyeu
Waterford, MI
Spotter:  Tab Boyd
Pensacola, FL
Jack Man:  Mark Jacobs
Fort Walton Beach, FL
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