Juan Pablo Montoya. Verizon Team Penske driver
“We ran well all day in the Verizon Chevrolet. We raced hard all day too. I saw them go eight-wide on lap one and I knew that that wasn’t going to work. (Scott) Dixon got in line and we got to the breaking zone and I knew some were going to dive bomb and that wouldn’t work. We had really good pit stops and everyone on the No. 2 Verizon Chevy did a really great job today. It’s a shame that we lost touch with Will (Power) there at the end but I’ll take third place at a road course any day.”
No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Juan Pablo Montoya
Start: 4th Finish: 3rd Status: Running Laps Completed: 82/82 Laps Led: 0 Points Position: 1st
Recap: Juan Pablo Montoya maintained his lead in the Verizon IndyCar Series drivers’ standings with his third podium finish in five races this season. It also was his 21st podium in 64 career series races. He narrowly escaped damage to the No. 2 Verizon Chevy early in the race after an incident involving Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves on the opening lap. On lap 39, he pitted for alternate “red” Firestone tires, and began to work his way back through the field. In just nine laps he moved into third place. He valiantly tried to track down second-place Graham Rahal for the remainder of the race, but ultimately ran out of laps. Montoya is now five points ahead of race winner Will Power in the standings and 10 points ahead of Castroneves, giving Team Penske the top three spots in the series standings.
“It’s good for Verizon and Chevy to have the fastest lap on Opening Day, but as a driver the team sheet is irrelevant until we get to qualifying and the race,” said Montoya. “Most of the top speeds were helped by a draft. I am happy with the Verizon Chevy, though. We have a platform we can build on and gradually get faster as we start to trim it out.”