Target Team Finish 21st at the Famed Brickyard

MINNEAPOLIS - July 29, 2012
Results (starting pos.) from the Crown Royal 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
1.     (6)   Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Chevrolet
21.    (12) Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet
22.    (16) Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet
 
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) made their way to the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) over the weekend for the Brickyard 400. Juan Pablo Montoya and the Target team looked to become a part of history and become the first driver to win different races at IMS. The Target Chevrolet qualified in the 12th-position and unfortunately battled handling early on. The team wasn’t able to rebound and crossed the finish line in 21st.
 
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway adventure started on Friday for Montoya as he raced in the inaugural GRAND-AM event that afternoon – the Brickyard Grand-Prix.   After a fourth-place finish in that race his attention shifted to the NSCS on Saturday and Sunday. Montoya set his sights on becoming the first driver to win the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400. The No. 42 started in the 12th position and almost immediately radioed in handling concerns. With limited cautions and long green flag runs, the Target team brought the car down pit road as much as possible for adjustments while staying within their fuel window.  The Target team would settle for a 21st-place finish at the end of the day.
 
“The day started out tough,” Montoya remarked. “The handling was just off. The more laps and the more pit stops we did, the better the handling got. We just ran out of time there at the end and couldn't get in position to make a run to the front."
 
Notes:
-       Montoya added another accolade to his resume as he now has run four different series’ at Indianapolis Motor Speedway; NASCAR, INDYCAR, Formula One and GRAND-AM – the most by anyone in history.
-       This was Montoya’s sixth start in the Brickyard 400, he was the pole winner of this event in 2010 and his best finish of second place came in 2007
-       Montoya remains 21st in the point standings; 168 out of the Chase for the Sprint Cup
 
The Pennsylvania 400 at Pocono Raceway will air live on ESPN and radio stations affiliated with MRN next Sunday, August 4 at 1 p.m. ET.
 
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