Brian Pattie (Crew Chief)

Brian Pattie

Brian Pattie is a NASCAR crew chief working, up until July 2011, with driver, Juan Pablo Montoya and the #42 team for Chip Ganassi Racing. He was born on the 9th of April, 1975 in Zephyrhills, Florida. His mechanical career, technically, took off when at the age of thirteen he began helping his friend, Shawn Reutimann, who was working on his cousin’s, (David Reutimann, now a NASCAR driver) dirt track race cars. His interest in cars was so great that he took a four year auto shop course whilst attending Zephyrhills High School. Taken to racing two nights a week he dropped sports such as football and basketball that he had enjoyed in junior school to allow more time for working on his car, often skipping Friday classes to ensure that his car was ready for the Friday night race. Between his junior and senior years he attended a one month course at a training Centre in Charlotte, North Carolina here he was taught by engineer, Bob Leonard, who worked for NASCAR Cup driver, Joe Nemechek.

This was his introduction to NASCAR. In 1994, after graduating, Brian moved to Charlotte and starting working as a fabricator with Joe Nemechek in the Nationwide Series team. He later moved to Hendrick Motorsports, again working as a fabricator with the #25 Sprint Cup team. Brian returned to the NEMCO Motorsports team with Joe Nemechek in 1997 to work as a crew chief in the Nationwide Series. In 2003 Brian also held the position as team manager and crew chief for the #7 and #87 cars at NEMCO Motorsports. Brian then left to work as crew chief for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, overseeing the #41 car in the Nationwide Series where he worked with drivers such as Jamie McMurray, Casey Mears, Reed Sorenson, David Stremme, Scott Pruett, Michael Valiante, Kevin Hamlin, Scott Lagasse Jr. and Dario Franchitti and gained nineteen poles and eighteen victories. In 2005, working with Reed Sorenson who was competing for the 2005 “Rookie of the Year” honours the duo gained two victories, two poles, twelve Top 5 and twenty two Top 10 finishes. The following season, 2006, Brian and Reed again worked together and amassed five Top 5 and fourteen Top 10 finishes.

The 2007 season saw Scott Pruett start in the pole position in Mexico City .and David Stremme started in pole position at Nashville Superspeedway in April. By the middle of the season 2008 Brian had moved into his first role as a full-time crew chief in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with Juan Pablo Montoya driving the #42 Target Chevrolet and in their first twenty five races as a partnership the team had one Top 5, two Top 10 and four Top 15 finishes. Brian stayed with Juan Pablo throughout the 2009 season and he led Juan Pablo to gain seven Top 5, ten Top 10 and five Top 15 finishes in his first full season as Sprint Cup crew chief for the newly merged Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing. In August 2010 Brian was named NASCAR Sprint Cup Crew Chief of the race at the Watkins Glen International after the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips event. The crew had worked tirelessly to prepare the #42 for Juan Pablo, trying to make it run as perfectly and smoothly as they could. Juan Pablo started in third position and quickly moved to the front by lap six of the ninety lap event. It seems that after a dispute with Brian over some issues that had come up after the race at Pocono Raceway Juan Pablo was mentally ready. Brian called him into the pit for four tyres and fuel on lap sixty, prior to the third yellow flag. He was in the lead with Marcos Ambrose and Kurt Busch following in second and third place. After the final restart on lap seventy five Juan Pablo held the lead for the final fifteen laps and was victorious over Kurt Busch by 3.5 seconds. “This win is awesome for us as a team,” remarked Montoya. “We had a great car. We Pattie and my team] worked really hard all day. Brian is recognised in the garage area as one of the most talented and mechanically-inclined crew chiefs in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS). Brian lives in Huntersville, North Carolina with his wife, Adriene and children, Aleesia, Aubree, Alexis and Brennan.

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http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/nascar/icons/news/story?id=3520496

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/autoracing/article974739.ece

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