Team Target Comes Home with a 26th Place Finish After a Tire Issue

MINNEAPOLIS - April 7, 2013

Results (starting pos.) from Martinsville Speedway

1. (1)   Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Chevrolet SS
7. (13) Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Race with Insulin Chevrolet SS
26.  (14) Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returned to action after the first off-weekend of the 2013 season. Teams were at Martinsville Speedway for their second short track race on the schedule. Juan Pablo Montoya qualified the No. 42 Target Chevy SS in the 14th-position and was running up in the top-10 when a flat tire forced an unexpected visit to pit road. The team would finish the day with a 26th-place finish.

The Target Chevy SS took part in the Race with Insulin campaign over the weekend as Montoya sported blue rims to help bring awareness to diabetes and support IndyCar teammate Charlie Kimball. The No. 42 turned some quick laps in practice as Montoya finished  the first round of practice on Friday near the top of the speed charts with the second fastest speed in that session. From the drop of the green flag, Montoya was able to maintain track position and eventually break his way into the top-10. The run to the front would be hindered less than 100 laps into the race as Montoya reported a tire was going down. The Target Chevy SS was forced to pit under green flag conditions for a flat tire. The team returned to the track several laps down and in 40th-position. Montoya was able to gain valuable position back out on the track but would never return to the lead lap. The Target machine crossed the finish line in the 26th-place position.

“We’ve had no luck on this team lately. We were hoping to come here and turn things around and then the left front tire went down,” Montoya remarked. “I had to bring the Target Chevy SS down pit road under the green flag and that set us back. We tried to play on strategy to get our laps back but it just never worked out for us. The guys are working so hard and building great cars, it’s hard to see something like this happen.”

Notes:

  • The No. 42 suffered a flat tire less than 100 laps into the race on Sunday
  • The 500-lap race experienced 12 lead changes among five leaders and 12 caution flags for 85 laps
  • The No.42 Target Chevrolet SS sported blue rims in Martinsville to help with the launch of the Race with Insulin™ Unites campaign. Novo Nordisk is a partner of Chip Ganassi Racing Teams and driver Charlie Kimball in the IZOD IndyCar Series

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will head to Texas Motor Speedway for the first points race under the lights. The NRA 500 is on Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. ET and will air live on FOX and radio stations affiliated with PRN.

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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