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Juan Pablo Montoya gets new crew chief

Posted on: November 22, 2011 4:52 pm
By Pete Pistone

Earnhardt Ganassi Racing announced Juan Pablo Montoya would have his third crew chief in the last year at the beginning of the 2012 season.

Chris Heroy has been named crew chief of the No. 42 Target Chevrolet replacing Jim Pohlman, who had taken the position from Brian Pattie during last season.

“We are very excited to bring Chris into the organization and to have him work with Juan Pablo,” said Team Owner Chip Ganassi.  “We think he will be a great addition to the Target team and believe his combined engineering and crew chief background should help him work well with both our engineers and competition folks to move our program forward.  He has a great reputation in the industry and we are happy to bring him into the mix.”

Heroy joins Earnhardt Ganassi Racing from Hendrick Motorsports where he began in 2004, most recently as lead engineer on the No. 5 car for six of the previous seven years.  The other year he held the same role on the No. 88.  In addition, he was paired with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson as crew chief in a number or their Nationwide Series races during the 2011 season.  Prior to his time with Hendrick Motorsports Heroy was an engineer in the Toyota Atlantic Series for five seasons. He is a graduate of Colorado College and he and his wife Renee reside in Charlotte, NC.

“I am really looking forward to working with the guys in the shop at Earnhardt Ganassi Racing to help the 42 improve their performance,” said Heroy.  “Juan Pablo is a great driver and they have a lot of great people here, so I am thrilled to get this opportunity.”

Pohlman, who took over the No. 42 team at the end of July, will remain with the organization.

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Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: November 23, 2011 5:32 pm

Juan Pablo Montoya gets new crew chief

Hopefully this guy can get Ganassi's Nascar program sorted out.  Hope they didn't move to fast on hiring this guy when it looks like several proven race winning crew chiefs appear headed to the open market.

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