"We are pleased to have someone of Jim's caliber to be able to place into this role on the No. 42 team," team owner Chip Ganassi said in a release. "Jim has been with us a number of years and I have confidence in his abilities to move the team forward."
The release made no mention whatsoever of the outgoing crew chief, Brian Pattie, and thus it's unknown whether he's out of the organization altogether or just primed for "reassignment." While the 42 team has slipped in recent weeks and now sits in 17th position, Pattie has won praise for his ability to remain calm under often-withering radio assaults from Montoya.
This marks the fourth crew chief change in the last couple months, and given the frustration among certain teams, more could be in the offing. Question is, is it too late for some of these teams to make a charge? With both Indianapolis and the road course at Watkins Glen on the slate, Montoya has a chance to pick up some much-needed victories and sneak into the Chase; we'll have to see if a new crew chief helps in that effort.
- Juan Pablo Montoya
- Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
- Chip Ganassi