Budweiser Shootout At Daytona Advance Notes

MINNEAPOLIS - February 14, 2012
Race:             Budweiser Shootout, Feb. 18
Track:         Daytona International Speedway
Location:     Daytona Beach, Fla.
Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Media Contacts at Daytona:
Shayna Keller              No. 42 Target Chevrolet                                                                    

Budweiser Shootout Drawing Party:  Drawing for the starting positions in the Budweiser Shootout will be featured on the Budweiser Shootout Drawing Party live on SPEED 8PM (ET) on Friday Feb. 17.
A Fresh Start:  Notable changes to the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (EGR) organization include a new Team Manager, Max Jones and Technical Director, John Probst.  Jones most recently oversaw the merger of Yates Racing and Petty Enterprises in 2009-10 as President and General Manager.  Probst comes to the team from Red Bull Racing. 

Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Target Team: 

A Fresh Start: Juan Pablo Montoya returns for his sixth full NSCS season at EGR in the No. 42 Target Chevrolet.  The 2012 season has brought a lot of changes in the Team Target line-up, with one of the most prominent changes being the addition of Chris Heroy as the Crew Chief for the No. 42 car.  Heroy was previously an engineer on the No. 88 team for Hendrick Motorsports.  He also has minimal crew chief experience in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with JR Motorsports. 
Year in Review: In 2011, Montoya finished the season with two poles, two top-fives, eight top-10s, 20 top-20 finishes and led 125 laps. The team had no DNF’s (did not finish) and had the highest number of laps run out of any driver with 10,593, including all 12 of the chase contenders.  He had an average starting position of 18.2, average running position of 17.2 and average finishing position of 18.5.
Superspeedway Success: In 20 superspeedway starts in NSCS competition Montoya has a best finish of second (Talladega, 2008) three top-fives and seven top-10 finishes with 77 laps led.  Team Target performed well at Daytona International Speedway in 2011 with two top-10 finishes.
Target Shootout History: Montoya returns to the 34th running of the Budweiser Shootout for the third time in his career. Last year, Montoya finished 20th after being collected in an on-track incident just four laps into the second segment.  In five Bud Shootouts, the Target car has never placed outside of the top-20.  In his premier Budweiser Shootout performance in 2010, Montoya finished 10th after starting from the 20th position.
Driver Highlights:
·         Montoya will enter his sixth full-time year in the NSCS in 2012 with Target returning as the sponsor.
·         In 2011, Montoya had no DNF’s and had the highest number of laps run out of any driver with 10,593 (99.5%) including all 12 of the Chase contenders.
·         After his 2010 victory at Watkins Glen he became the first foreign born driver to have multiple wins in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
·         Only Latino, only Formula 1 driver, and only Indianapolis 500 winner to make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.
·         Three wins and seven poles in his stock car career (ARCA, Nationwide, NASCAR) with 22 top-five and 53 top-10 results in 206 combined starts. 1,039 laps led.
·         One of only three drivers to win in Formula 1, IndyCar and NASCAR Sprint Cup (Dan Gurney and Mario Andretti).
Target: Minneapolis-based Target celebrates its 23rd season in motorsports with Chip Ganassi in 2012. The partnership continues to rank as one of the longest current sponsor relationships in motorsports. Target serves guests at 1,763 stores across the United States and at Target.com. The company plans to open its first stores in Canada in 2013. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its income through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $3 million a week.
No. 42 Target Chevrolet (NSCS):  Chassis #1101. Heroy and the No.42 team are bringing chassis #1101 to the Budweiser Shootout. This is the chassis that Montoya drove to a sixth-place finish in the 2011 Daytona 500.
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

Max Jones – Team Manager
John Probst – Technical Director
No. 42 (NSCS)
Crew Chief:  Chris Heroy
Angola, IN
Rear Tire Changer:  Chris McMullen
Canton, MI
Chief Mechanic:  David Bryant
Concord, 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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