Team Target Finishes 18th at Kansas Speedway

Results (starting pos.) from Kansas Speedway
1.    (1)     Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Chevrolet SS
16.  (24)   Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Cessna Chevrolet SS
18.  (12)   Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS
 
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway proved to be an action packed 267-lap event. There was a record 15 caution flags for a total of 71 laps during the Hollywood Casino 400. Juan Pablo Montoya and Team Target started in the 12th position, ran as high as second and had a strong No. 42 Chevy SS until untimely cautions and the subsequent change in track positions would result in an 18th-place finish.
 
Team Target unloaded a fast race car as the weekend’s activities got underway at Kansas Speedway. The No. 42 finished every practice session within the top-11 and qualified in the 12th position for Sunday’s race. When the green flag waved, the Target Chevy SS moved quickly to the front of the field and was the fastest car on the track within the opening 30 laps. Montoya was a permanent fixture in the top-10 for the first half of the race. As the laps progressed the caution flags continued to fly and teams had to rethink their pit strategy. In the closing laps, the Target Chevy SS fell back to midfield as other teams were on different strategies. The team was unable to gain track position back and finished out the day in the 18th position.
 
"We had a great Target Chevy. The speed was there and we definitely had a top-five car,” Montoya remarked. “The cautions really hurt us and ruined our strategy going into the race. Both cars (No. 42 and No. 1) didn’t get the finish that we deserved.”
 
Notes:
·         The race at Kansas had a record 15 caution flags for 71 laps and 24 lead changes among 12 different drivers
·         Montoya remains 22nd in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings
 
ABC television and PRN radio will have live coverage of the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway next Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 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 16 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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