TARGET TEAM LEAVES INDIANAPOLIS WITH 28TH
Results (with starting pos.) Indianapolis Motor Speedway
1. (15) Paul Menard, No. 27 Chevrolet
4. (16) Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet
28. (7) Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet
Target Team Finishes 28th at the Famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Speedway, Ind. (July 31, 2011) – Juan Pablo Montoya and the Target team headed to the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway over the weekend. The Target driver ran as high as third but with 30 laps to go, had to make a fuel stop, and got held up in traffic. The former Indianapolis 500 winner would have to settle for a 28th place finish when the checkered flag waved.
The Target Chevrolet qualified in seventh position for the Brickyard 400 and for the third straight year, Montoya spent much of the race near the front of the field. The No. 42 spent a total of 128 of the race’s 160 laps in the top-15 and made a total of five pit stops. The race only saw a total of five caution flags throughout the day and subsequently long, green flag runs carried the day. With 30 laps remaining, Montoya and all the leaders came down pit road for tires and fuel to make the final charge. The group rejoined the field mid-pack and would battle with cars on a different pit strategy for the remainder of the race. When the checkered flag waved, the Target Chevrolet was credited with a 28th-place finish.
“It stinks when you run good all day, but I think Jim Pohlman and all the guys did a really good job today,” Montoya said. “We thought a lot more cars would run out of fuel there at the end and put us in position for a good finish. It just didn’t work out for us in the end -on to the next race.”
- Montoya has two poles, two top-five and six top-10 finishes after 20 races this season.
- Montoya fell three positions in the point standings to 20th, 79 out of 10th
- Montoya has completed 5723 out of the possible 5756 laps, 99.4%
The Good Sam RV Insurance 500 is up next at Pocono Raceway. The race will air on ESPN and radio stations affiliated with MRN at 1:00 pm ET on Sunday, August 7.