Montoya Gets New Crew Chief

071911-NASCAR-Juan-Pablo-Montoya-JW_20110719145609188_660_320When Juan Pablo Montoya goes back to Indianapolis Motor Speedway next week, he will have a new crew chief because his team replaced Brian Pattie on Tuesday.

Earnhardt Ganassi Racing announced that Jim Pohlman right away took over as crew chief on an interim basis.  Pohlman has been with the organization since 2006 in various jobs.

Chip Ganassi, team owner said, “We are pleased to be able to have someone of Jim’s caliber to be able to place into this role.”

“Jim has been with us a number of years and I have confidence in his abilities to move the team forward.”

Montoya is 17th in the Sprint Cup standings, and 59 points out of 10th.

The timing comes at a time when the schedule suits Montoya. The Cup Series is off this weekend, yet goes back the following week to Indianapolis, where Montoya dominated the last two years.

The sequence as well heads next month to Watkins Glen, where Montoya is the defending race winner.

On the other hand, Montoya has had two rough weeks, he was not sure where he was thought to line up during a late restart at Kentucky, and he ran out of gas on the ending lap of race on Sunday at New Hampshire.

Pattie had been the crew chief of Montoya since the 12th competition of the 2008 season.  He directed Montoya to just one win and one manifestation in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, but their team up had been much good than their statistics show.

Pattie said, who was informed by Ganassi through phone, “I’m going to help Jim get up to speed because the next three races are all races we can win.”

Pattie said he is not been released, who was in the final year of his agreement.

The crew chief change approaches a day after Richard Petty Motorsports grabbed Greg Erwin to crew chief AJ Allmendinger.  Erwin, who had been with Greg Biffle since 2007 but was released last week, replaced Mike Shiplett.  The change provides RPM a crew chief who has been in the Chase three times, and comes as the group is attempting to end the recent slide of Allmendinger:  He is fallen from 11th to 16th in points over the last nine races.

Erwin was replaced at Roush Fenway Racing by Matt Puccia, who will try to assist Biffle go from 14th in points into Chase contention.

In the previous month, there have been four main crew chief changes.  Pat Tryson was permitted to go at Michael Waltrip Racing in June, with Chad Johnston made the crew chief for Martin Truex Jr.

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