Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Pattie Out As Montoya's Crewchief

Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates has announced a crew chief change on the No. 42 Target Chevrolet driven by Juan Pablo Montoya. Effective immediately, Jim Pohlman will replace Brian Pattie atop the pit box for Montoya on an interim basis, after filling numerous posts within the organization since 2006.

Team Owner Chip Ganassi said of the move, “We are pleased to have someone of Jim’s caliber to be able to place into this role. I have confidence in his abilities to move the team forward.” Montoya is currently 17th in championship points, 59 out of the Top-10.

No mention was made of Pattie or his future with the team. Pattie said today that he has not been officially informed of the change, but is aware that an interim crew chief has been named. He declined to comment further until after a scheduled meeting with Chip Ganassi early next week.

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