Results (starting pos.) from New Hampshire Motor Speedway
1. (13) Brian Vickers, No. 55 Toyota
12. (11) Jamie McMurray, No. 1 McDonald’s Monopoly Chevrolet SS
24. (10) Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS
Teams headed north to New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) over the weekend for race number 19 on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) schedule. Juan Pablo Montoya and Team Target started in the top-10 and maintained solid track position until late pit stops found the No. 42 shuffled back in the field. The Target Chevy would finish out the day in the 24th position.
Team Target would rebound quickly at the very start of on-track activity after the No. 42 blew a left rear tire and made contact with the wall just two laps into the first practice session on Friday. The team pulled out the backup car and was able to get Montoya back out on the track for practice, and to qualify the Target Chevy SS in the 11th position later that day. Montoya would advance one position in qualifying to 10th after the No. 48 teams qualifying time was disallowed.
On race day, Montoya and Team Target found themselves with a finicky handling race car as they had difficulty finding the right balance under the hot and humid temperatures. The crew worked on the No. 42 Chevy SS on every pit stop and used pit strategy to keep Montoya out front with the lead group. The Target Chevy SS ran the opening half of the race within the top-10. With less than 100 laps to go, the lead cars pitted and Montoya stayed out on the track causing the team to fall on a different pit strategy. Montoya made two pit stops under caution in the final 40 laps for fuel and fresh tires but never was able to rebound and regain track position in the lead pack. He would finish in the 24th position.
"We struggled with the handling today and couldn't find the right balance,” Montoya remarked. “Then it was just a matter of trying to play on strategy and make a run to the front. The Target team ran out of laps there at the end to make any significant charge to the front but we came out of it in one piece and learned a lot for the race here in September."
· The race at NHMS experienced 12 caution flags for 58 laps. There were 10 lead changes among six different drivers
· Montoya remains 23rd in the NSCS driver point standings; 99 out of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams will take a break from racing this weekend and will return to action next for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race will air live on ESPN and radio stations affiliated with IMS Radio Network beginning at 1 p.m. ET Sunday, July 28.
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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