Published on November 23rd, 2011 | by Michael J Smith0
Montoya To Have New Crew Chief In 2012
Chris Heroy, team engineer from Hendrick Motorsports, will leave HMS to join Earnhardt Ganassi Racing as crew chief for Juan Pablo Montoya in 2012, according to FoxSports.com.
Heroy led Dale Earnhardt Jr to two top 5 finishes in the Nationwide Series as a crew chief.
Team co-owner Chip Ganassi said:
We are very excited to bring Chris into the organization and to have him work with Juan Pablo. 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.
Montoya started 2011 with Brian Pattie atop the pit box, and he finished in the top 6 in two out of the first three races. After the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, he sat fourth in points. Six races later, he dropped to 12th.
By July, he dropped to 17th in the standings and a change was made. Jim Pohlman took over on an interim basis.
With the news of the addition of Heroy, Pohlman will remain with EGR, but in a different capacity.