Team Target Finishes 11th in the Irish Hills

MINNEAPOLIS - August 18, 2013
Results (starting pos.) from Michigan International Speedway
1.  (1)    Joey Logano, No. 22 Ford
11.  (6)    Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS
22.  (29)  Jamie McMurray, No. 1 fast acting Advil Chevrolet SS
 
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) returned to the Irish Hills of Michigan over the weekend. Juan Pablo Montoya and Team Target had a fast car as they were on top of the charts during practice and qualified the No. 42 Chevy SS in the sixth-position. Montoya ran toward the front of the pack for the majority of the 200-lap race and crossed the finish line in the 11th position.
 
Team Target unloaded a brand new chassis and was fast right from the start at Michigan International Speedway (MIS). The No. 42 was within the top-five for all three practice sessions and qualified sixth despite an early qualifying draw Friday afternoon. When the green flag waved on Sunday, Montoya reported in a loose handling race car due to a slick race track. The team brought the No. 42 Chevy SS down pit road a total of five times and made the necessary changes to get the handling under control. Montoya battled just outside of the top-10 after his final pit stop while conserving fuel to make it to the end. The Target Chevy SS would be credited with an 11th-place finish when the race concluded.
 
“It turned out to be a pretty good day for the Target team,” Montoya remarked. “The track was really slick when we first started the race and the car was a handful.  The guys made a lot of changes and the car felt good for the second half of the race. It’s a shame we had to save fuel at the end otherwise we would have had a top-10 finish for Target.”
 
Notes:
·         The race at MIS experienced nine caution flags for 34 laps and 20 lead changes among 13 drivers
·         Montoya fell one position in the NSCS driver point standings to 23rd; 114 out of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup
 
The NSCS teams will head to Bristol Motor Speedway next weekend for the Irwin Tools Night Race.  The race will air live on ABC television and radio stations affiliated with PRN radio beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday, August 24.
 
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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