Results (starting pos.) from the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma
1. (6) Clint Bowyer, No. 15 Toyota
19. (25) Jamie McMurray, No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet
34. (12) Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet
The race this weekend marked the five-year anniversary of Juan Pablo Montoya’s first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) win at the road course in Sonoma. The Target teamed looked for their second win there and their third career NSCS win. Montoya started in the 12th position and quickly realized they were in for an upward battle when mechanical issues struck. The Target team finished out the day in the 34th position.
Montoya and 42 drivers entered Sonoma for their first road course race of the 2012 season. The No. 42 Target Chevrolet qualified a track best with a 12th-place qualifying spot. When the green flag waved, Montoya made his move to the front. Unfortunately just 15 laps into the 110-lap race, Montoya recognized some problems with the No. 42. Long green flag runs worked against the team and Montoya made several green flag stops as well as spent a few laps back in the garage to try and remedy the mechanical problem. Back out on the track, Montoya was able to take the checkered flag and finish out the day in the 34th position.
“We just can’t seem to catch a break,” Montoya remarked. “The car was good at the start and then the gauges and fuel pressure were acting all crazy. And with limited caution flags it really hurt us. We just didn’t have enough time early on to work on the Target Chevrolet like we needed too. The guys will take the car back to the shop and try to figure out just what went wrong.”
- Montoya won his first ever NSCS race at Sonoma in 2007
- In six career starts at Sonoma, this is the first time Montoya has failed to finish on the lead lap
- Montoya and McMurray announced that they will run a second Chip Ganassi Racing entry at the upcoming GRAND-AM race in Indianapolis. The car will be sponsored by Chevron.
- Montoya dropped three positions in the point standings to 22nd; 103 points out of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads out to Kentucky Speedway next weekend for Saturday night racing on June 30. The race will air live on TNT and radio stations affiliated with PRN at 7:30 p.m. ET.
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