Target Racing/ Daytona 500 Advance Notes

MINNEAPOLIS - February 22, 2012
Daytona International Speedway Advance Notes
Race:                             Daytona 500, Feb. 26
Track:                     Daytona International Speedway (2.5-mile tri-oval)
Location:                 Daytona Beach, Fla.
 
Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Media Contact at Daytona International Speedway
Shayna Keller              No.42 Target Chevrolet

NOTES
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Juan Pablo Montoya and No. 42 Target Team
Year in Review: In 2011, Juan Pablo 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.
 
Bringing the Sunshine: Chris “Sunshine” Heroy will be making his first NSCS point race start as a crew chief at the Daytona 500. Heroy was named crew chief for the No.42 Target Chevrolet in November.  He was previously an engineer at Hendrick Motorsports and also was a crew chief in the NASCAR Nationwide Series with JR Motorsports for three races last year. 
 
Daytona History: In 10 starts at Daytona International Speedway, Montoya has been running at the end of eight races, completing a total of 1,737 out of 1,788 laps (97.1%).  He has finished in the top-10 in 40% of the races he has competed in and has led at least two laps in each of his last four starts at Daytona International Speedway.  His average starting position is 19.5 and his average finishing position is 19.6 at the two-and-a-half mile track.
 
Shootout Recap: The Target Chevrolet lined-up in the 25th position and was running mid-field when the first on-track incident of the night occurred.  Montoya sustained some damage to the rear of the car but with two quick stops on pit road for repairs, the No. 42 was able to return and get back into the mix.  Montoya would go on to lead a lap and manage to stay away from any further incidents. When the checkered flag waved, the Target Chevrolet found itself in the 10th position.
 
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 earning two top-10 finishes.
 
CHASSIS INFO
No. 42 Target Chevrolet (NSCS):  Chassis #1117.  Heroy and the No. 42 Target team will be racing chassis #1117 in the Daytona 500.  This is the same chassis that Montoya drove to a 15th place finish during the fall race at Talladega Superspeedway last year.
 
2011 STATS
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
 
 
Starts
Wins
Poles
Top 5s
Top 10s
Ave Start
Ave Finish
Pts. Pos./(Prev)
Juan Pablo Montoya
36
0
2
2
8
18.2
18.5
21

CAREER STATS
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
 
 
Starts
Wins
Poles
Top 5s
Top 10s
Ave Start
Ave Finish
Juan Pablo Montoya
181
2
7
20
49
17.5
19.6
       
TEAM ROSTER
Max Jones – Team Manager
John Probst – Technical Director
 
No. 42 (NSCS)
Hometown
 
Hometown
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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