Team Target Finishes 19th at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

MINNEAPOLIS - September 22, 2013
Results (starting pos.) from New Hampshire Motor Speedway
1.    (9)    Matt Kenseth, No. 20 Toyota
5.    (23)  Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Linksys Chevrolet SS
19.  (15)  Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS
 
Team Target headed back to New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) over the weekend. Only nine races remained in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) schedule when teams entered NHMS. Juan Pablo Montoya qualified the No. 42 Target Chevy SS in the 15th position and battled with handling throughout the 300-lap race to bring home a 19th-place finish.
 
Montoya and Team Target placed the No. 42 Target Chevy SS within the top-15 for all three practice sessions and followed that up with a 15th-place starting position for Sunday’s race. The Sylvania 300 got underway just past 2 p.m. and 43-teams settled in for some short-track racing.  As the race started, the No. 42 Target Chevy SS quickly became a handful. The team brought the race car down pit road whenever possible for chassis adjustments to help with the handling and the changing track conditions. As the laps progressed, a combination of long green flag runs and difficulty passing would result in a 19th-place finish for Team Target.
 
"What a crazy day it was for us,” Montoya remarked. “The track kept changing on us so the handling was all over the place. And those restarts were crazy; everyone was beating and banging into each other. The long green flag runs didn’t help us out any and it was hard to pass. We had a top-10 car but wasn’t able to get the finish we needed.”
 
Notes:
·         The race at NHMS experienced seven caution flags for 37 laps and 19 lead changes among 11 drivers
·         Montoya and the Target pit crew participated in a shave-off on Sunday to help promote the new Gillette Fusion ProGlide
·         Montoya currently sits 21st in the NSCS point standings
 
ESPN television and MRN radio will have live coverage of the AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 29 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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