Team Target Finishes 28th After an Early Race Incident

MINNEAPOLIS - August 4, 2013
Results (starting pos.) from Pocono Raceway
1.     (18)  Kasey Kahne, No. 5 Chevrolet SS
16.  (12)  Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Cessna Chevrolet SS
28.  (19)  Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS
Juan Pablo Montoya and Team Target headed north to Pocono Raceway for the 400. The No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS lined-up in the 19th position for Sunday’s race and on the first lap the fate of the team was altered. Montoya was involved in a multicar incident and received significant damage to the front of the car. Team Target would settle for a 28th-place finish.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returned to Long Pond, Penn. for the second time this season. Teams practiced and qualified on Friday and then the rain showers moved in on Saturday to cancel all on-track activity. Under bright and sunny skies on Sunday, 43-cars lined-up for 160-laps of action. Montoya rolled off the grid in 19th and was involved in an on-track accident right after the green flag waved. The Target Chevrolet SS would be forced to pit road multiple times for repairs due to significant damage to the front end of the car. The team was able to make the necessary repairs to allow Montoya to return to the track and finish out the day in the 28th position.
"What a rough day for the Target team today,” Montoya remarked. “Completely my fault for the accident on lap one. I feel terrible for the No. 17 and No. 20. The guys did a great job working on the car and making the repairs. They were able to get the No. 42 Chevy fixed enough where we gained a lot of spots out on the track for the rest of the race.”
·         The race at Pocono Raceway experienced nine caution flags for 35 laps and 27 lead changes among 14 drivers.
·         Montoya remains 23rd in the NSCS driver point standings; 123 out of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams will head to Watkins Glen International next weekend for the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen.  The race will air live on ESPN and radio stations affiliated with MRN Radio beginning at 1:00 pm ET Sunday, August 11..
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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