ENERGIZER TEAM FINISHES 22ND AT LOUDON
Results (starting pos.) from the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
1. (32) Denny Hamlin, No. 11 Toyota
22. (24) Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Energizer Chevrolet
26. (29) Jamie McMurray, No. 1 LiftMaster Chevrolet
Energizer Team Finish 22nd at the “Magic Mile”
LOUDON, NH. (Sept. 23, 2012) – The No. 42 team took on a new look this weekend as the Energizer bunny made its first appearance of the 2012 season on the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates entry. The Energizer Chevrolet started in the 24th position and battled with handling throughout the 300-lap race to bring home a 22nd-place finish.
Longtime Target partner, Energizer, became front and center this weekend as they were the primary sponsor on the No. 42 car. With the iconic Energizer bunny along for the ride, Juan Pablo Montoya qualified the car in the 24th position and readied himself for 300-laps of race action. The Sylvania 300 ran in record time with only four caution flags for 17 laps. Those long green flag runs did not play in favor for the Energizer team. Montoya radioed in early on that the No. 42 Chevrolet was a handful and the team did everything they could to get it turned around with limited time on pit road. The changes helped but Montoya was never able to get back into position to make a charge to the front. When the checkered flag waved, the Energizer Chevrolet was credited with a 22nd-place finish.
“It was a rough day,” Montoya remarked. “We just couldn’t get the car to turn right. It started out okay on the early run and then it just got worse. We had a lot of green flag runs which didn’t leave us a lot of time to make drastic changes or help with the handling. The guys did what they could. I wish we had a better result for the Energizer folks today.”
- This race marked the second race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Eight more races remain in the 2012 season.
- The No. 42 team ran a special paint scheme this weekend as Energizer made their first appearance in 2012
- Montoya remains 21st in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will head to Dover International Speedway this weekend for the AAA 400 on Sunday, Sept. 30. The race will air live on ESPN and radio stations affiliated with MRN at 2 p.m. ET.