Watkins Glen: Juan Pablo Montoya preview

Watkins Glen Background: Montoya will make his fourth start at Watkins Glen International this weekend. Last season saw an overall weekend best for Montoya when he started 10th and came home sixth. His first start Montoya was running sixth when...

Watkins Glen Background: Montoya will make his fourth start at Watkins Glen International this weekend. Last season saw an overall weekend best for Montoya when he started 10th and came home sixth. His first start Montoya was running sixth when he was hit from behind and sent spinning with less than 20 laps remaining. The 2008 season saw Montoya take the green flag from the 25th position and race his way into the top-five, taking home a fourth-place finish.

Perfect Combo: Juan Pablo Montoya and Crew Chief Brian Pattie make a perfect combo at road course races. Montoya has two road course victories in NASCAR and will visit Watkins Glen International for the third time with Pattie as his crew chief. Brian Pattie had a tremendous amount of success at The Glen when he was a crew chief in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Pattie has three pole positions, one outside pole, three victories and one second-place finish to his credit at the road course in Nationwide competition. In their previous four road course races together, Montoya and Pattie have finishes of 10th (Infineon '10), sixth (Watkins Glen '09), sixth (Infineon '09) and fourth (Watkins Glen '08).

NY Native: Competition Director Steve Hmiel hails from Syracuse, north east of Watkins Glen. Hmiel joined the team in 2007 with over 30 years of NASCAR experience. He has been winning races and championships with some of the most recognized teams in the business including Petty Enterprises, Roush-Fenway Racing and Dale Earnhardt Inc.

CHASSIS INFO

No. 42 Target Chevrolet (NSCS): Chassis #1014. The No. 42 Target team will bring Chassis #1014 to Watkins Glen International this weekend. This will be the first time the chassis will be used in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition this season. The Target team tested this chassis at Virginia International Raceway in June.

-source: ecr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya