Team Target Crosses the Finish Line 14th at Pocono

MINNEAPOLIS - June 9, 2013
Results (starting pos.) from Pocono Raceway
1.    (1)   Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Chevrolet SS
13.  (22) Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Banana Boat Chevrolet SS
14.  (25) Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams battled against weather, long green flag runs and changing track conditions over the weekend at Pocono Raceway. Team Target had an additional hurdle as they had to overcome a late race spin and drive back up through the field with less than 30 laps remaining in the race. Juan Pablo Montoya would gain 11 spots and cross the finish line in the 14th position.

Rain immediately became a factor when teams entered the race track Friday morning. By midafternoon all track activity was cancelled forcing teams to line-up for Sunday’s race by car owner points. The Target Chevy SS started from the 25th position and broke into the top-15 by lap 45. Long green flag runs would hinder any aggressive changes to the car until the first caution flag flew on lap 67. Team Target continued to work on the car and Montoya found himself in the top-10 just past the halfway point of the race. With 26 laps remaining, the No. 42 and No. 20 made contact which caused the 42 to spin. The Target Chevy did not receive damage but was forced to pit for fresh tires. Montoya restarted from the 25th position and was able to gain 11 valuable positions out on the track and finish the day in14th.

“The Target Chevy was a little bit of a handful during the race but the crew kept working at it and turned it into a top-10 car,” Montoya remarked.  “The spin with Kenseth hurt us at the end because I had to pit for fresh tires and start in the back of the field.  There weren’t enough laps left in the race to drive it back up through the field and get the top-10 finish the team deserved."

Notes:

·         Teams lined-up for the race by owner points due to qualifying being canceled  because of rain

·         Montoya remains 22nd in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver point standings; 58 out of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup

The next event on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule will be the Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway.  The race will air live on TNT and radio stations affiliated with MRN beginning at 1 p.m. ET Sunday, June 16.

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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