Team Target Finishes 27th at Kansas Speedway

MINNEAPOLIS - April 21, 2013

Results (starting pos.) from Kansas Speedway

1. (1) Matt Kenseth, No. 20 Toyota
7. (14) Jamie McMurray, No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet SS
27.  (19) Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS

Juan Pablo Montoya made his 225th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) start over the weekend at Kansas Speedway. The No. 42 Target Chevy SS lined-up in the 19th-position and quickly moved up into the top-10 in the opening laps. An unfortunate incident on pit road just past halfway would alter the fate of the 42 team and Montoya wound up crossing the finish line in the 27th position.

The Target Chevy SS was fast over the weekend as the team led the first practice session on Saturday morning and then followed it up by posting the third quickest time in the final session. Come race time, Montoya would quickly find his way to the front of the field and firmly place the No. 42 up in the top-10. Just past the halfway point of the race the Target Chevy SS came down pit road for a green flag pit stop to receive four tires and fuel. Moments later Montoya radioed in that he had a loose wheel and would make a return trip down pit road. The untimely mistake cost the team valuable track position and resulted in a 27th-place finish.

"What a frustrating day for the Target team,” Montoya remarked. “The car was fast and we were going for a top-10 finish. Unfortunately that didn't happen because we had a loose wheel and had to come back down pit road. We made some gains there at the end but fell a few laps short. I hate it for these guys and for Target. Luck has not been on our side this season."

Notes:

  • Montoya made his 225th career NSCS start at Kansas
  • The No. 42 Target team remains 27th in the NSCS point standings
  • Montoya didn’t have a top-20 start in his last 14 races of 2012. This year, he has six top-20 starts in eight races

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will race at Richmond International Raceway this weekend. The Toyota Owners 400 will air on FOX and radio stations affiliated with MRN on Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 pm ET.

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 over 150 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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