Team Target Finishes 16th at Kentucky Speedway

MINNEAPOLIS - June 30, 2013
Results (starting pos.) from Kentucky Speedway
1. (16) Matt Kenseth, No. 20 Toyota
2. (23) Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Hellmann’s Chevrolet SS
16. (10) Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) teams battled against Mother Nature over the weekend as the Saturday night race was postponed until Sunday afternoon due to rain. Juan Pablo Montoya and Team Target started in the 10th position and battled handling and track position throughout the day to finish in 16th-place.

The Saturday night race was a washout causing teams to rethink strategy and set-ups Sunday afternoon when the green flag finally waved. The No. 42 Target Chevy SS lined-up in 10th and after a competition caution on lap 30, restarted in the fourth position. Montoya would stay within the top-10 until an untimely caution waved right after the team pitted under green flag conditions. The No. 42 team took the wave-around to get back on the lead lap and restarted 20th. Montoya would spend the remaining laps battling handling and trying to regain track position. When the 267-lap race concluded, Team Target would be credited with a 16th-place finish.

"The Target team didn't get the finished we deserved,” Montoya remarked. “We lost track position early as we got caught a lap down when that caution flag came out and it was really hard to recover. The Target Chevy was a handful when we got back in traffic and we weren’t able to break back into the top-10.”

Notes:

·         The race at Kentucky experienced 10 caution flags for 42 laps and a red flag due to an accident on lap 49. There were 11 lead changes between six different drivers

·         Montoya remains 23rd in the NSCS driver point standings; 80 out of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup

The next event on the NSCS schedule will be the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.  The race will air live on TNT and radio stations affiliated with MRN beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday, July 6.

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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