Juan Pablo Montoya in the No. 40 Fastenal Dodge
Asphalt Chef – Team Burning Ravioli: Montoya will participate in the “Asphalt Chef” competition at TMS on Saturday evening after running in his first Nationwide race of the season. Montoya will be paired with celebrity chef Mario Batali as “Team Burning Ravioli”. The dynamic duo will compete in an Iron Chef-style competition against NASCAR drivers Carl Edwards and Bobby Labonte who will be assisted by chefs Rachel Ray and Tim Love respectively. Similar to the famous Iron Chef competition, a secret ingredient will be unveiled prior to the competition. Montoya and Batali will have five minutes to come up with a recipe and 20 minutes to prepare it. The private event begins at 6:30 p.m. CT at the Lone Star Tower Clubhouse at TMS.
Gala for Colombia: Montoya and his wife Connie will once again co-host a charity gala in November benefiting six non-profit Colombian organizations including their own Formula Smiles Foundation (www.formulasmiles.org). BELIVE 2008 will take place November 11 at Jungle Island in Miami. Headlining the gala this year is Latin Grammy Award Winner Carlos Vive and Esteban Cortazar, chief designer for the Emanuel Ungaro fashion house. The event will consist of a silent auction, a fashion show and a concert. The Montoyas founded the Formula Smiles Foundation to improve the quality of life for needy children by implementing programs that instill values through sports and recreation.
2008 Cup Standings: Montoya slipped one spot to 24th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup driver standings after his 40th -place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway last Sunday.
Star in the Sky: Montoya’s spotter Tab Boyd is once again providing fans with his view on the race from atop the spotter’s stand with an in-depth post-race blog. Boyd recaps the race weekend from his point of view on www.texacohavoline42.com.
He’s “SIRIUS” Again: For the second year in a row, listen to SIRIUS Satellite Radio every Tuesday on channel 128 for the “Juan Pablo Montoya Report.” Montoya will provide exclusive updates on the No. 42 Team; give post-race downloads and share his thoughts on the events of the season. He will also chat with hosts David Poole and Mike Bagley on “The Morning Drive” every Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. ET.
Montoya Racing NNS at TMS: CGRFS announced last week Montoya will compete in two NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races before the end of the 2008 season, piloting the No.40 Fastenal Dodge at TMS this Saturday, November 2, and the No.42 POWERade Dodge in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 15.
Sixth Man Up: Montoya will be the sixth driver this season to pilot the NNS No.40 Fastenal Dodge. It will be his first time behind the wheel of a Nationwide car since August of 2007 at Watkins Glen International. Montoya joins the Fastenal Team of Drivers which includes Bryan Clauson, Dario Franchitti, Scott Pruett, Reed Sorenson and Kevin Hamlin who made his debut in the No.40 this past weekend at Memphis Motorsports Park.
Atop the Pit Box: Montoya will work with CGRFS Crew Chief Steven Lane for the two Nationwide Series races. Lane will work side-by-side with Brad Parrot and his No.40 crew in Texas before taking the helm of the No.42 POWERade Team at Homestead. Lane most recently worked with Scotsman Dario Franchitti in 2008 and David Stremme in 2007.
Montoya’s Nationwide Stats: Montoya has 21 career NNS starts to his credit since announcing his transition to stock cars from the Formula One Series in 2006. In those starts he has one win, one top-five and three top-10 finishes and has led 52 laps. He took the checkered flag in just his seventh NNS start at the road course event at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez track in Mexico City.
Add Two to the Crew: Fastenal selected Kari Lynn Rios and Tyler Rapp to participate in Fastenal’s Second Annual NASCAR Internship Program. The week-long internship began this past Monday, October 26, when Rios and Rapp traveled to the CGRFS race shop in Concord, N.C., to help prepare the No.40 Fastenal Dodge for the team’s run at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend. Rios and Rapp will also be on site at TMS this weekend to work alongside the Fastenal crew in the pits during the race. Fastenal selected both Rios and Rapp based on their academic records and personal essays, following a nationwide application process targeting automotive trade students. Rios recently graduated from the University of Northwestern Ohio, where she maintained an “A” average as an automotive high performance major and worked with a local ARCA RE/MAX Series crew on the side. Although she’s currently employed as a transmission builder through the week, she works on dirt-modified cars on the weekends and is looking forward to honing her race mechanic skills alongside some of the top professionals in the sport. Rapp is a recent graduate from the North Dakota State College of Science, where he also maintained an “A” average as an automotive technology major. In January, he’ll begin the Motorsports Vehicle Technology program at Lanier Tech in Georgia. Now, he’ll have a chance to tell his classmates and professors what it’s like to work as part of a NASCAR crew. As part of the internship, Rios’ University of Northwestern Ohio Acting Division Head/Department Chair Paul Higgins and Rapp’s North Dakota State College of Science instructor Paul Mosey will both be flown to Texas this weekend and provided with pit row seats, courtesy of ASE (Automotive Service Excellence). The school will also receive a seven-piece SAE reversing wrench roll set from GearWrench.
NNS Owner Standings Update: The No.40 Fastenal Dodge Team is currently 21st in the NNS owner standings. Altogether, the Fastenal Drivers and crew have grabbed three poles, three top-five and three top-10 finishes throughout the 2008 season.
Check out the Parrott Perspective: Montoya’s NNS Crew Chief Brad Parrott is keeping fans up to date on what is going on in the world of the Fastenal Racing Team through an online blog he is keeping throughout the 2008 NNS season. Check out the Parrott Perspective at www.fastenalracing.com.