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Racin’ News: New Crew Chief For Montoya

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Tuesday, July 19 2011

Juan Pablo Montoya has a new crew chief. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Alan Marler)

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In Racin’ News today, Tuesday, July 19:

(In this package: New crew chief for Montoya; Foyt to team with Honda.)

Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates announced Tueday it has made a crew chief change on the No. 42 Target Chevrolet driven by Juan Pablo Montoya.

Effective immediately, Jim Pohlman, who has been with the organization since 2006 in numerous roles, was named interim crew chief of the No. 42 team.

Pohlman replaces Brian Pattie, who had been Montoya’s crew chief since the middle of the 2008 season.

“We are pleased to have someone of Jim’s caliber to be able to place into this role on the No. 42 team. Jim has been with us a number of years and I have confidence in his abilities to move the team forward,” said Team Owner Chip Ganassi.

The No. 42 team is currently 17th in the point standings, 59 points out of the 10th position.

Foyt To Go With Honda

American Honda and its Honda Performance Development (HPD) subsidiary will power A.J. Foyt Racing in the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series, HPD and the team announced today. Under terms of the agreement, HPD will provide its new, turbocharged 2.2-liter Honda Indy V-6 engines to all Foyt entries in the Indianapolis 500 and the season-long IZOD IndyCar Series.

“A.J. Foyt is a living legend in American racing, and it’s an honor to announce the continuation of our association in the IZOD IndyCar Series,” said Erik Berkman, president of Honda Performance Development and vice president, corporate planning and logistics, for American Honda.”

Designed at HPD’s Santa Clarita, California, facility, the all-new Honda Indy V-6 engine is now under development, with initial track testing scheduled to begin in August. A.J. Foyt Racing is the second team to align with Honda in preparation for the return of OEM competition to the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2012. In May, Honda announced that Chip Ganassi Racing, winner of the last three IndyCar drivers’ championships, would be its anchor team beginning next year.

“I am really looking forward to working with Honda next year,”  Foyt, whose number 14 car will again be sponsored by ABC Supply in 2012, said. “I think they will provide us with the best engines in 2012 because they have the best resources … their facility in California is unbelievable. I was very impressed.

“The other thing is that I really enjoy working with the Honda management team. I think they have been very fair and honest with our team and you don’t see that too often in this day and age. When people treat us right, I don’t forget that.”

(This package will be updated as news breaks today)

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Tuesday, July 19 2011
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