Team Target Falls Short on Fuel and Finishes 34th at Sonoma

MINNEAPOLIS - June 23, 2013
Results (starting pos.) from Sonoma Raceway
1.  (14) Martin Truex Jr., No. 56 Toyota
25.  (1) Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Cessna Chevrolet SS
34.  (13) Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS

Juan Pablo Montoya and Team Target looked to bring home their first win of the 2013 season at Sonoma Raceway over the weekend.  The team qualified in the 13th position and was in prime position to bring home a runner-up finish until the No. 42 ran out of fuel on the final lap. Team Target would settle for a 34th-place finish when the checkered flag waved.

Montoya won his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Sonoma Raceway in 2007 and Team Target had a repeat performance in their sights when the green flag waved on Sunday. The No. 42 Chevy SS stayed within the mix throughout the day and had a very strong car.  At one point, Montoya drove the Target Chevy SS from the 28th position up to the top-10. In the final 25-lap green flag run, Montoya was running in the second-place position and chasing down the leader. The runner-up finish would be cut short on the final lap as Montoya radioed in that the Target Chevy SS had run out of fuel. He coasted across the finish line in the 34th position.

"What a tough day for the Target team,” Montoya remarked post-race. “We had one of the fastest cars out there. It's heartbreaking that we ran out of fuel. We had a chance to gain some valuable points today and ended up finishing 34th instead of second."

Notes:

·         The race at Sonoma experienced seven caution flags for 19 laps including one for a brief rain shower. There were 10 lead changes between eight different drivers

·         The No. 42 Target team was the All Access feature on TNT yesterday

·         Montoya fell one position in the NSCS driver point standings to 23rd; 82 out of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup

The next event on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule will be the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway.  The race will air live on TNT and radio stations affiliated with PRN beginning at 7 p.m. ET Saturday, June 29.

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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