Tough Finish for the Target Team at Daytona International Speedway

MINNEAPOLIS - February 20, 2012
Results (start) Daytona International Speedway
1. (4)          Matt Kenseth, No. 17 Ford
31. (19)         Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet
36. (39)         Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet
 
Tough Finish for the Target Team at Daytona International Speedway
 
The “Great American Race” at Daytona International Speedway will go down in the books as one of the most interesting races in history. Teams endured 24 hours of rain causing the race to be postponed until Monday night under the lights followed by a fluke accident on lap 160 with the No. 42 Target Chevrolet that caused a two-hour delay for track repairs. Montoya walked away from the incident to be credited with the 36th finishing position.
 
Speedweeks in Daytona were not kind to the Target team as the team was forced to a back-up car after the No. 42 was collected in an accident in the first Gatorade Duel’s race. Montoya started the Daytona 500 near the rear of the field in the 39th position.
 
When the green flag finally dropped, the Target Chevrolet paired up with teammate, Jamie McMurray. The duo spent the majority of the race in the back of the field with a small pack, waiting to make their move later in the race. With less than 60 laps remaining the two charged to the front. After a pit stop on lap 158 Montoya radioed in that it felt like something broke in the car. The team tried to diagnose the problem on pit road under caution but when Montoya returned to join the field the No. 42 Target Chevrolet suddenly snapped up the track and hit a jet dryer. Both the jet dryer and the No. 42 car burst into flames.  Montoya was able to walk away from the fiery crash and the Target team ended up in the 36th position.
 
"I told the Target crew when I left the pits something wasn't right and I felt a weird vibration when we were with the pack,” Montoya remarked. “Every time I got on the gas, it vibrated. So, I came back in and they checked the rear-end and everything looked OK. I got on the brakes to travel up and while I was telling the spotter to have a look on how the rear was moving, the car just turned right and I collided with the jet dryer.  I am doing fine and I’m very glad to hear the driver of the jet dryer is as well."
 
NOTES
-  Last night’s Daytona 500 marked the first time the “Great American race” has been postponed in 53 years and run under the lights.
-  This marks the first DNF (did not finish) for Montoya in 11 starts at Daytona International Speedway
-  Montoya and the driver of the jet dryer both walked away from the accident with minor injuries
 
Next up is the Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. The race will air on FOX and radio stations affiliated with MRN on Sunday, March 4 at 2:30 pm ET.
 
 
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