Indianapolis: Juan Pablo Montoya preview

Brickyard 400 History: Montoya has a strong record at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Last season saw Montoya dominate the better part of the Brickyard 400, starting with the outside pole and leading 116 of the 160 laps before a late race...

Brickyard 400 History: Montoya has a strong record at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Last season saw Montoya dominate the better part of the Brickyard 400, starting with the outside pole and leading 116 of the 160 laps before a late race pit road speeding penalty brought Montoya home 11th. Montoya drove to a runner-up finish in his first stock car start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the 2007 Brickyard 400. He started on the outside pole and ran in the top 10 for the entire 160-lap event before bringing home the second-place finish. In 2008 Montoya started in the 13th position but his chances at victory were cut short after a right-rear tire exploded on lap 28.

A Familiar Place: In 2007 Juan Pablo Montoya made history by becoming the first driver to compete in all three major events at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (the Indianapolis 500, the United States Grand Prix and the Brickyard 400.) Montoya has six starts in the Grand Prix with a top finish of fourth, one start and win in the Indianapolis 500 and three Brickyard 400 starts with a best finish of second in 2007. Montoya currently sits sixth on the all time laps led rankings at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In addition, he is the only driver to have competed at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway for 10 consecutive years across three different series. If he wins Sunday's event, Montoya will become the first driver in history to win both the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400.

10-Year Anniversary: Montoya took the checkered flag in his first and only attempt at the Indianapolis 500 ten years ago in 2000 driving for current Team Owner Chip Ganassi. His margin of victory over runner-up finisher Buddy Lazier was 7.184 seconds. He also became the first Colombian driver and rookie since Graham Hill in 1966 to win the 500-mile race.

Welcome Manuela: Juan Pablo Montoya and wife Connie welcomed a new addition to their family this past Monday- a baby girl, Manuela. Manuela was born near the Montoya's residence in Miami. This is the Montoya's third child joining brother Sebastian, age five and sister Paulina, age three. Mother and daughter are both doing fine.

Talk with Montoya: Come to the Team Chevrolet Stage located inside the track between turns one and two next to the IMS Museum where Montoya will participate in a Question and Answer Session. Montoya will be at the stage on Friday, July 23 from 12:00 p.m. -- 12:15 p.m.

CHASSIS INFO

No. 42 Target Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #1011. Crew chief Brian Pattie has elected to bring chassis #1011 to Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This is a brand new chassis that Juan Pablo Montoya tested with at IMS in April.

-source: egr

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya