Team Target Finishes 20th in the Irish Hills
Results (starting pos.) from Michigan International Speedway
1. (19) Greg Biffle, No. 16 Ford
20. (10) Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS
33. (28) Jamie McMurray, No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet SS
Juan Pablo Montoya and Team Target headed north to the “Irish Hills” of Michigan over the weekend for the 15th race on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) schedule. The No. 42 Target Chevy SS started from the 10th position and ran within the top-15 until an untimely caution in the closing laps shuffled the field. Montoya rebounded from going a lap down to finish 20th.
With 43 cars lined-up on the starting grid at Michigan International Speedway, the 200-lap race got underway. Montoya rolled off in the 10th position and ran within the top-15 for the majority of the race. By the halfway point the No. 42 was gaining momentum after the team worked on the car during pit stops and was looking to finish in the top-10. An untimely caution with less than 30 laps remaining would set Team Target back as Montoya had pitted the lap before under green and would ultimately fall a lap down. Montoya quickly got the lap back and would battle for valuable positions before the checkered flag waved. The Target Chevy SS advanced eight positions in the closing laps to finish the day in the 20th position.
“The Target Chevy SS was a handful today but the guys kept working on it and we were making progress,” Montoya remarked. “That caution at the end really hurt us because we had just pitted and it put us a lap down. It was just a matter of gaining as many positions as possible at the end. We were hoping for a good point’s day today. I’m looking forward to Sonoma and making up some ground.”
· The Quicken Loans 400 saw eight caution flags for 38 laps and there were 22 lead changes among 13 drivers
· Montoya remains 22nd in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver point standings; 56 out of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup
The next event on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule will be the Toyota-Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. The race will air live on TNT and radio stations affiliated with PRN beginning at 2 p.m. ET Sunday, June 23.
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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