Juan Pablo Montoya. Verizon Team Penske driver
“We started with a lot of stability early in the race and everybody involved with this PPG Chevy did a really good job. I was disappointed because I made a mistake early in the pits, I just came in a little too hot into the pit stall. Then at the end we gave it a good ride and finishing 1-2 is good for the championship.”
- Juan Pablo Montoya began Sunday afternoon’s race at the Milwaukee Mile from the third position after posting a two-lap average speed of 168.579 miles per around the one-mile oval during Saturday evening qualifying.
- As he kept pace with the race leader during the opening laps, Montoya radioed that his PPG Chevrolet was handling tight on the exit of Turn 4 and loose in the center of Turns 1 and 2.
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JUAN PABLO MONTOYA IN MILWAUKEE
DO YOU FEEL THAT THE FINAL THREE RACES OF THE YEAR SET UP WELL FOR YOU SINCE THEY HAVE A LOT OF FAMILIARITY?
“These last three racetracks are definitely places that I feel like I can win. It’s not just because I know all three race tracks really well. It’s a combination of that and the improvements we have made as a team as the year has gone on. So, yeah, even though we are still a little over 100 points out of the lead I think we can make a helluva run between now and the checkered flag at Auto Club Speedway at the end of the month. We need to gain a fair amount of points this weekend to start putting pressure on the other guys and we know that’s not going to be easy. It would be great to see the No. 2 PPG Chevy in Victory Lane at Milwaukee.”
WHAT IS GOING TO BE THE TOUGHEST PART ABOUT TRYING TO WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP?
“With any successful, multi-car team you are going to reap the benefits of having an ‘open book’ policy. But when you get down to the end of the season and all three cars are running for the championship that becomes difficult. Not difficult from the standpoint of wanting to quit sharing information because that is not how we do it at Team Penske. It’s difficult because Will (Power) and Helio (Castroneves) both know what I have on my car and I know what they have on theirs. That makes it really, really hard to pass someone on the racetrack when they know how to take away what you do well.”
“The No. 2 Hawk Performance Chevy had really good pace. Unfortunately, we got into that incident on the first lap and broke the front wing. We lost a few spots coming down pit road for repairs, but I wasn’t too concerned about that. We were ahead of (race winner Scott) Dixon and driving away from him, so we had a really good car. I don’t think we were an 11th-place car at all, so it’s disappointing when you don’t finish where you should. We just had to alter our strategy too much after pitting so early for a new front wing. It turned into more of a fuel mileage race for us and that meant we couldn’t really push the car on the red tires. It’s unfortunate but we will regroup and go to Milwaukee.”
JPM HOW WAS THE HAWK PERFORMANCE CHEVY IN THE FIRST RACE IN TORONTO? “We made a little bit of a mistake staying on red tires and the tires just really fell off. When you're competing there's nothing you can do but just get out of the way. But we looked forward to Race #2 and went for it in the Hawk Chevrolet."