TEAM TARGET FINISH 28TH AFTER EARLY INCIDENT
Results (starting pos.) from the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks
1. (2) Jimmie Johnson., No. 48 Chevrolet
19. (24) Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Allstate Chevrolet
28. (31) Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet
Target Team Finish 28th after an Early Race Incident in Dover
DOVER, Del. (June 3, 2012) – The “Monster Mile” lived up to its reputation over the weekend as the No. 42 Target Chevy became one of the race tracks first victims shortly after the green flag waved on Sunday. Juan Pablo Montoya was running in the 28th position on lap nine when a multi-car accident occurred in front of him and left him with nowhere to go. The Target team repaired the race car and returned to the track to finish out the day in the 28th position.
The FedEx 400 experienced seven cautions for 32 laps and one red flag over the course of the 400-lap race. Unfortunately, the red flag was caused by an on-track incident just nine laps into the race which left significant damage to the Target Chevy. Montoya was running in the 28th position when he was collected up in a 12-car pileup. The team worked on the No. 42 for 99 laps back in the garage and got Montoya back out on the track. The remainder of the day was spent trying to gain as many positions as possible. When the checkered flag waved, the team was credited with 28th position.
"Our day didn't turn out like we had hoped, that's for sure,” Montoya remarked post-race. “Not even 10 laps into the race and we got involved in someone else's mess. Someone spun in front of me and when I tried to slow down, I got rammed from behind. The guys did an incredible job to get the Target Chevrolet patched up and back out on the track. They practically fixed every inch of this race car. No one gives up on this team."
- Montoya gained nine positions after the lengthy stay in the garage for repairs
- Montoya fell two positions in the point standings to 20th; 93 points out of the Chase for the Sprint Cup
- Target Chip Ganassi Racing brought home another win in the IndyCar Series on Sunday. Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti finished one-two, respectively at Belle Isle
Next up on the schedule is the Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway. The race will air live Sunday, June 10 at 1:00 p.m. ET on TNT and radio stations affiliated with MRN.