Team Target Finish 30th After a Mechanical Issue


WEBWIRE – Tuesday, March 19, 2013

BRISTOL, Tenn.
Results (start) Bristol Motor Speedway
1. Kasey Kahne, No. 5 Chevrolet
10. Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Cessna Chevrolet SS
30. (17) Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS

The fourth race of the 2013 season brought teams to Bristol Motor Speedway over the weekend. Team Target qualified in the 17th position and was heading toward the front when a fuel pressure issue struck near lap 60. Juan Pablo Montoya was forced to the garage for repairs and returned for a 30th-place finish.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series turned their attention to short track racing as 43-teams battled it out at the track nicknamed the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile”. Montoya qualified the Target Chevy 17th on Friday and spent two practice sessions on Saturday preparing for the 500-lap race. When the green flag waved, the No. 42 started to make a move to the front and was running with the lead pack when the second caution flag of the day was displayed. Before the restart, Montoya noticed a fuel pressure issue and would have to bring the Target Chevrolet behind the wall for repairs. The team was able to get the necessary repairs made and send the No. 42 back out on the track. Montoya was able to pick up 10 spots when he returned to the track and finish out the day in 30th.

“Our Target Chevy had good speed all weekend and we were running with the lead pack when a caution came out and I noticed something wrong with the fuel pressure before the restart,” Montoya stated. “We had to take it back to the garage for repairs but the guys got me back out there and we were able to learn a lot for the fall race. Not the way we wanted our day to go but we’ll bounce back next weekend.”

Notes:

Montoya currently sits in the 26th points position after four races this season
There were 10 caution flags for 66 laps and 17 lead changes between 10 drivers in the 500-lap race

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will travel west to the Auto Club Speedway next weekend in Fontana, Calif. The Auto Club 400 will take place on Sunday, March 24 at 1:00 pm ET and will air live on FOX and radio stations affiliated with MRN.

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 151 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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