ECR Engines Powers Montoya to Pole at The Brickyard ECR Engines in six of the top-10 qualifiers WELCOME, N.C. (July 24, 2010) - Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines powered Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing's No. 42 Target Chevrolet and driver Juan Pablo...
ECR Engines Powers Montoya to Pole at The Brickyard
ECR Engines in six of the top-10 qualifiers
WELCOME, N.C. (July 24, 2010) - Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines powered Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing's No. 42 Target Chevrolet and driver Juan Pablo Montoya to the pole position for tomorrow's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Montoya ran a quick lap on the 2.5-mile historic oval at 49.375 seconds at 182.278 mph. The pole was ECR/Richard Childress Racing's third pole position at the famed Brickyard. Kevin Harvick captured the pole and went on to victory in the 2003. Jeff Burton won the pole and teammate Clint Bowyer qualified second in 2006.
Four other cars using ECR Engines also qualified in the top 10. Montoya's EGR teammate and 2010 Daytona 500 winner Jamie McMurray qualified fourth in the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet with a lap of 49.519 seconds at 181.748 mph. RCR's Clint Bowyer qualified sixth in the No. 33 Wheaties FUEL Chevrolet (49.582 seconds, 181.517 mph), Harvick qualified ninth in the No. 29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet (49.666 seconds, 181.210 mph) and Burton qualified 10th in the No. 31 Prilosec OTC Chevrolet (49.681 seconds, 181.156 mph). Landon Cassill, driving TRG's No. 71 TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet, qualified 20th with a lap of 49.941 seconds at 180.213 mph.
"We were fortunate to have been one of the first NASCAR teams to ever test at Indy, with Dale Earnhardt, so I've been a fan of this place for a long time," said Danny Lawrence, trackside manager for Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines. "I'm a fan of open-wheel racing and, through Earnhardt, got to know a lot of great people who have raced here over the years. This place has a special place in history, and in our hearts, after winning here with Dale in 1995 and Kevin Harvick in 2003. Right before qualifying, Bobby Dell, engine tuner for the No. 1 car, said he had butterflies in his stomach and that he didn't even have those when he got married. If you're a racer, this place, with all its history over the past 100 years, is just special. Everybody puts in a lot of effort to run well here and all the work that everyone at ECR has put in over the last few months is paying off."
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