Team Target Crosses the Finish Line 18th at Charlotte Motor Speedway

MINNEAPOLIS - May 26, 2013
Results (starting pos.) from Charlotte Motor Speedway
1.  (15) Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Chevrolet SS
18.  (16) Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS
19. (9) Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Bad Boy Buggies Chevrolet SS

CONCORD, N.C. (May 26, 2013) – Charlotte Motor Speedway hosted their annual Memorial Day weekend race on Sunday for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The 400-lap endurance race started during the day and ended in the late night hour. The No. 42 Target team started in the 16th position and Montoya made his way up to the seventh position before an on track incident sent the team to pit road for repairs. Team Target finished out the race in the 18th position.

The longest race of the season saw its share of unusual occurrences as it experienced 11 caution flags for 61 laps and three red flags. One included a delay due to a TV cable wire on the track followed by a 15-minute break on pit road for repairs to all the cars that experienced damage from the wire on the track. Montoya and Team Target managed to stay out of harms for the first half of the race and focused on the handling. With less than 100 laps remaining, the No. 42 was running within the top-10 when an on-track incident occurred with the No. 48. Montoya was forced to pit road for repairs and a few laps later made an unexpected stop due to a tire rub. Team Target finished out the evening with an 18th-place finish.

“It was a tough night for the Target team,” Montoya remarked. “We had just gotten the handling right and then we got into an incident with the No. 48 toward the end of the race. The Target Chevy was good and we were on our way to a top-10 finish until that happened. It’s frustrating but I’m proud of my team for keeping after it and giving me a great car.”

Notes:

- The Coca-Cola 600 lasted a little over four-and-a-half hours and experienced three red flags and 11 caution flags. There were 24 lead changes among 12 drivers

- After 12 races this season, Montoya has one top-five and two top-10 finishes.

- Montoya sits 23rd in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings; 71 out of the Chase for the Sprint Cup

The next event on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule is the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway.  The race will air live on FOX and radio stations affiliated with MRN beginning at 1 p.m. ET Sunday, June 2.

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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