Top-10 Finish for Team Target at Indianapolis

MINNEAPOLIS - July 28, 2013
Results (starting pos.) from Indianapolis Motor Speedway
1.  (1)   Ryan Newman, No. 39 Chevrolet SS
9.  (8)   Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS
15.  (18)   Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Cessna Chevrolet SS
 

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) returned to action after an off-week to the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway to finish out the remaining 17 races on the schedule. Juan Pablo Montoya and Team Target qualified in the eighth position and ran in the top-10 for the majority of the 160-lap race. The team overcame handling woes and long green flag runs to finish out the day in the ninth position.

Montoya returned to the yard of bricks in search of his first oval track win in the NSCS. Team Target led the first practice session, landed in third in the final session and qualified eighth for the 20th running of the Brickyard 400. The No. 42 was a fixture in the top-10 during the race and would be credited with leading lap 56. The crew worked to overcome handling concerns throughout the race and played on pit strategy to maintain valuable track position during long green flag runs. A total of three caution flags flew for only 14 laps during the afternoon. As the laps wound down, Montoya rejoined the field in the 18th position after his final pit stop and was able to advance to the ninth position when the checkered flag waved. The top-10 finish marks the fourth one of the 2013 season.

"We had hoped for a better finish but we’ll take a top-10 at Indy,” Montoya remarked. “The balance on the Target Chevy was off today and it seemed like no matter what changes the guys made we couldn't get the car any better. A lot of strategy came in to play at the end and we did what we could to make up as much ground as possible.”

Notes:

  • The race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway experienced 20 lead changes among 12 drivers and three caution flags for 14 laps. 23 drivers finished on the lead lap
  • 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 head to Pocono Raceway next weekend for the Gobowling.com 400.  The race will air live on ESPN and radio stations affiliated with MRN Radio beginning at 1 p.m. ET Sunday, August 4.

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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