Team Target Finishes 38th After Mechanical Issue at Fontana

MINNEAPOLIS - March 24, 2013
Results (starting pos.) from Auto Club Speedway
1.  (4)   Kyle Busch, No. 18 Toyota 
19.  (17) Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet SS
38.  (12) Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS

The fifth race of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) season took place at Auto Club Speedway in California over the weekend. Team Target started the 200-lap race from the 12th position and was working on getting the handling under control when the crew received news that there was a transmission issue. Juan Pablo Montoya was eventually forced to take the Target Chevy SS back to the garage for repairs and finish out the day in the 38th position.

The Auto Club 400 got underway Sunday afternoon in sunny California. The Target Chevy SS started from the 12th position and Montoya quickly moved toward the lead pack but before the first pit stop he radioed in some handling concerns. The crew made adjustments during pit stops and made gains on the car when Montoya radioed in a transmission issue just past the halfway point of the race. The Target Chevy SS came down pit road multiple times for repairs but eventually had to go behind the wall. The crew made the needed repairs and returned to the track 31 laps down and crossed the finish line in 38th.

"What a day,” Montoya remarked. “I noticed something wrong with the shifter and we had to take the Target car back to the garage for repairs. I can't believe our luck these days. The cars have great speed but the last two weeks we've had issues. I hate it for the guys and for Target."

Notes:

  • The No. 42 suffered a transmission issue that forced the team back to the garage for necessary repairs
  • The 200-lap race experienced 17 lead changes with eight different leaders and nine cautions for 35 laps
  • Next weekend NSCS teams will enjoy the first of just two weekends off during the 2013 season, before returning to action at Martinsville Speedway
  • The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will return to action in two weeks at Martinsville Speedway. The STP Gas Booster 500 will take place on Sunday April 7, at 1:00 pm ET and will air live on FOX and radio stations affiliated with MRN.  

About Chip Ganassi Racing

Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 25 years and is considered one of the most successful as well as innovative owners the sport has anywhere in the world.  Today his teams include three cars in the IZOD IndyCar Series, two cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and one Daytona Prototype in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series.  Overall his teams have 15 championships and 151 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400 and five Rolex 24 At Daytonas.  Ganassi boasts state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis and Brownsburg, Ind. and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh, Penn.

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