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Heroy named crew chief for Montoya at EGR

November 23, 2011, Team Release,

CONCORD, N.C. -- Spent seven years at Hendrick as lead engineer for No. 5 Cup entry

Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates announced Tuesday that Chris Heroy has been named crew chief of the No. 42 Chevrolet with driver Juan Montoya. Heroy takes the role effective immediately in preparation for the 2012 season.

"We are very excited to bring Chris into the organization and to have him work with Juan," team owner Chip Ganassi said. "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."

Heroy joins EGR from Hendrick Motorsports where he began in 2004, most recently as lead engineer on the No. 5 car for six of the previous seven years. The other year he held the same role on the No. 88. In addition, he was paired with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson as crew chief in a number or their Nationwide Series races during the 2011 season. Prior to his time with Hendrick Motorsports, Heroy was an engineer in the Toyota Atlantic Series for five seasons. He is a graduate of Colorado College and he and his wife Renee reside in Charlotte, N.C.

"I am really looking forward to working with the guys in the shop at Earnhardt Ganassi Racing to help the No. 42 improve their performance," Heroy said. "Juan is a great driver and they have a lot of great people here, so I am thrilled to get this opportunity."

In 2012, Montoya will begin his sixth year in the Sprint Cup Series. He finished the 2011 season 21st in the standings. The Colombia native has two wins, seven poles, 20 top-fives and 49 top-10s out of 181 Cup starts. In 2009, Montoya made the Chase and finished out the season a career-best eighth in the standings. He is the only foreign-born driver to have multiple wins in NASCAR's elite series. Montoya is a former Indianapolis 500 winner, CART champion and a seven-time winner in Formula One.

Interim crew chief Jim Pohlman, who took control of the No. 42 team at the end of July, will remain with the organization.

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