INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Juan Pablo Montoya believes a crew chief change will not hurt his chance to win Sunday's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Brian Pattie was replaced last week as crew chief for Montoya's No. 42 Chevrolet. Jim Pohlman is now the interim crew chief.
The timing of the change seemed peculiar since the next three weeks are very favorable tracks for Montoya. He nearly won the Brickyard the last two years, is typically strong at Pocono, and is the defending race winner at Watkins Glen.
Montoya says he doesn't believe it matters when the crew chief change is made, and thinks he should be a contender to win Sunday. Montoya won the Indianapolis 500 in 2000. He dominated the last two NASCAR races here but late mistakes cost him the win.

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