Juan Pablo Montoya. Verizon Team Penske driver
JPM Says “It was good. Our Verizon Chevy was strong all day. We ran a smart race. It's tough, you know. Sometimes you're racing somebody and you get all excited and you kind of forget why you're here and what you need to be doing – that it's a 500-mile race. I gained places where I could gain places. Then when I couldn't, I was like, ‘OK, let's save some fuel.’ I think that really helped one of the stops right before the caution. It was really good. We’re all just thinking about Justin (Wilson) right now.”
No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Juan Pablo Montoya
Laps Completed: 200/200
Laps Led: 0
Points Position: Leader (500 pts.)
Recap: Juan Pablo Montoya extended his lead in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings with a third-place finish in the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway. With just one race remaining in the season — the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma on Aug. 30 at Sonoma Raceway — Montoya has a 34-point lead over second-place driver Graham Rahal in the championship standings. The defending race winner at Pocono, Montoya struggled in Saturday’s qualifying and started from the 19th position, but he quickly rallied on Sunday and worked his way forward among the leaders. By lap 67 he had risen to second place behind teammate Simon Pagenaud as the Team Penske cars displayed great fuel mileage, with the ability to run several laps longer than their competitors before making green-flag pit stops and gaining track position. On a race restart on lap 138, Montoya was scored in the ninth position, and he continued to race among the top 10 for the remainder of the race. On the final restart of the day at lap 193, following the accident that involved Sage Karam and Justin Wilson that saw Wilson airlifted to a nearby hospital with a head injury, Montoya found himself in the third position and competing for his third win of the season. He fell back two spots over the first two laps of the renewed action before moving back into the top three to secure his fifth podium finish of the year. Montoya’s average finish this season is now a very strong 6.9.
Ohio: “Everyone on the Hawk Performance Chevy did an amazing job today. From where we were on Friday to today was a huge difference. We did everything we were supposed to do today and the race was playing out perfectly for us. Unfortunately, we got a caution with about 25 laps to go that we didn’t need. It worked out for some and didn’t work out for others. But we had a great car and we still have the points lead. Ready for Pocono, where we won last year.”
No. 2 Hawk Performance Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Juan Pablo Montoya
Laps Completed: 90/90
Laps Led: 21
Points Position: Leader (465 pts)
Recap: Juan Pablo Montoya overcame numerous obstacles to have a shot to win Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, but he saw his chance slip away with a bit of bad luck. Montoya was pacing the field just as a yellow flag flew on lap 65, one lap before he was to come down pit road for his final service of the day. After pitting during the caution period, Montoya and several other lead cars were mired deep in the field with laps winding down. He was able to cross the finish line in the 11th position and maintain his lead in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings, but that lead is now just nine points over race winner, Graham Rahal. Only an oval race at Pocono Raceway — where Montoya won last year — and the season finale at Sonoma Raceway remain on the 2015 series schedule. After starting from the 10th position on Sunday, Montoya moved up to the sixth position by lap 16. The 2015 Indianapolis 500 winner took the lead for the first time at lap 39. After surrendering the lead for pit service at lap 41, Montoya was able to move back into the top spot by lap 49. However, when Sage Karam spun on Lap 65 and brought out another yellow flag, Montoya was caught in an unfortunate situation. He was able to salvage an 11th-place finish before the checkered flag and he will continue to carry the points lead into the penultimate race of the season, at Pocono Raceway in two weeks.