On-Track Incident Results in a 39th-Place Finish for Team Target at Daytona

MINNEAPOLIS - July 6, 2013
Results (starting pos.) from Daytona International Speedway
1.  (8) Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Chevrolet SS
7.  (27) Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Cessna Chevrolet SS
39.  (14) Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) returned to Daytona International Speedway (DIS) for the traditional Fourth of July race weekend. Juan Pablo Montoya and Team Target qualified in the 14th position and were running with the lead pack when disaster struck. An accident in front of Team Target left Montoya with nowhere to go and was forced back to the garage for repairs. The No. 42 Chevy SS returned to the track and finished out the night in the 39th position.

Team Target arrived at DIS Thursday morning to unload the car and participate in the first practice session. Happy with the car, the team opted to sit out the final practice session. Montoya went on to qualify the Target Chevy SS the following day and place the car in the 14th position on the starting grid.

The green flag waved for 161-laps just before 8 p.m. ET Saturday night. Montoya maintained track position and stayed with the lead group of cars. The start of the race saw three-wide racing and eventually fell into single-file runs. The No. 42 Target Chevy SS worked its way to the front with teammate Jamie McMurray before the halfway point to challenge for the lead. The strong run would fall short on lap 99 as Montoya was caught up in an accident that occurred in front of him. The Target Chevy SS was taken back to the garage for repairs to the front of the car and returned 35 laps down to cross the finish line in 39th.

"Tough night for the Target team,” Montoya remarked. “I could see the accident happening in front of me and I slowed down as much as I could but there was nowhere to go. We've had zero luck at Daytona. It's frustrating."

Notes:

·         The race at DIS experienced six caution flags for 27 laps and a red flag due to an accident on lap 150. There were 18 lead changes between 11 different drivers

·         Montoya remains 23rd in the NSCS driver point standings; 95 out of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup

The next event on the NSCS schedule will be the Camping World RV Sales 301at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  The race will air live on TNT and radio stations affiliated with PRN beginning at 1 p.m. ET Sunday, July 14.

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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