Results (starting pos.) from Chicagoland Speedway
1. (10) Matt Kenseth, No. 20 Toyota
19. (27) Jamie McMurray, No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet SS
32. (3) Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series battled Mother Nature Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway as rain delayed the start of the race and then caused a five-hour red flag period before the halfway point. Juan Pablo Montoya and Team Target started in the third position and was running mid-pack when contact with the No. 30 changed the outcome for the team. Montoya would settle for a 32nd-place finish.
Race day eventually turned into racing under the lights at Chicagoland Speedway as rain showers fell on and off throughout the day. The start of the 267-lap race was delayed over 90 minutes but once it got underway, Montoya ran some of the fastest laps during the beginning of the race. After a competition caution, the handling of the No. 42 Target Chevy SS started to fade and Montoya was running mid-pack when rain moved back into the area. A slick track caused the No. 30 to collide with the No. 42 Chevy SS causing a tire to go down and some damage to the quarter panel. After a five-hour rain delay, things got worse for Team Target as Montoya blew the new left rear tire due to it rubbing on the quarter panel. The damage was significant and the team visited pit road multiple times for repairs and adjustments. After an eight-hour marathon race, the No. 42 Target Chevy SS crossed the finish line in the 32nd.
“It was a long day for the Target team,” Montoya remarked. “The No. 30 got into us when the rain came and we cut a tire that caused damage to the car. After the red flag for rain, we blew another tire and that caused a lot more damage and it affected the handling of the car for the rest of the night. What a long day."
· The race at Chicagoland experienced nine caution flags for 46 laps, a five-hour red flag for rain and 25 lead changes among 16 drivers
· Chicagoland was the first race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup
· Montoya fell one position in the point standings to 20th
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams will head to New Hampshire Motor Speedway Sunday, Sept. 22 for the Sylvania 300. The race will air live on ESPN and radio stations affiliated with PRN at 2 p.m. ET.
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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