TEAM TARGET FINISHES 19TH AT CHARLOTTE
Results (starting pos.) from the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway
1. (4) Clint Bowyer, No. 15 Toyota
17. (34) Jamie McMurray, No. 1 McDonald’s Chevrolet
19. (22) Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet
Team Target Finish 19th at Charlotte Motor Speedway
CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 13, 2012) – The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returned to their “home” track for the last night race of the 2012 season. The Target team started at the rear of the field due to an engine change and overcame some handling concerns to bring home a 19th-place finish.
Race day got off to a rough start as the team opted to switch out motors before the start of the Bank of America 500. Juan Pablo Montoya dropped to the rear of the field before the race got underway and set his sights on the front of the field. Handling issues became apparent in the opening laps and a couple of early caution flags allowed Montoya to come in for adjustments. The No. 42 ran mid-pack for the majority of the 334-lap event. As the race continued, teams started to talk about fuel mileage due to long green flag runs. The Target team took their final stop of the night on lap 280 and saved just enough fuel to cross the finish line in 19th.
“It was a strange night for the Target team,” Montoya remarked. “It started with having to change the motor before the start of the race and then the handling was all over the place when the race started. The guys made a ton of changes and the car got better on the longer runs. A lot of green flag runs out there tonight and the race came down to fuel mileage in the end so we never were able to make up ground."
- EGR teams hosted two honorary pit crew members from ESPN, Chris McKendry, co-host for midday Sports Center, joined the No. 1 team and Robert Abbott, coordinating producer of weekend Sports Center, was with the No. 42 team for the race
- Montoya had to start at the rear of the field because the Target team changed motors prior to the start of the Bank of America 500
- Kellogg’s was displayed on the No. 42 Target Chevrolet this weekend as a major associate sponsor
- Montoya remains 22nd in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will head to Kansas Speedway next weekend for the Hollywood Casino 400. The race will air live on ESPN and radio stations affiliated with MRN Sunday at 2pm ET.