Juan Pablo Montoya. Verizon Team Penske driver
No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Juan Pablo Montoya
Speed: 227.684 mph
Qualifying Recap: Juan Pablo Montoya returned to the track Sunday behind the wheel of the No. 2 Verizon Chevrolet as he attempted to earn a top-10 starting spot in next Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 but he couldn’t improve his position and will start 17th in the 100th Running of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Montoya encountered a trash bag on his first qualifying attempt Sunday, and Verizon IndyCar Series officials voided his first run and granted him a second attempt. Montoya is the Indy 500’s defending champion and he won last year starting from the 15th position. He has won the race twice in his three attempts. He also won in his rookie season in 2000. The winner of the first race of the season in St. Petersburg, Montoya enters the Indy 500 unofficially ranked fourth in the series standings after the points earned in qualifying.
Quote: “What can you do? We had a good run going and then I ran over the trash bag. They gave us another shot, but that’s not ideal. We came from the back of the pack last year. It’s a long race and all kinds of things happen. My Verizon Chevy team will be ready on race day.”
Recap: Juan Pablo Montoya came back from a pit lane speeding violation early in the race and finished eighth Saturday in the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Montoya started sixth in the No. 2 Verizon Chevy and raced up to fourth by Lap 5. But after his first stop, Montoya was called for speeding on pit lane and had to serve a drive-through penalty on Lap 22. He battled back to 12th place just 15th laps later and continued to gain ground as the race wore on but he was not able to work his way back up to the leaders. After crossing the finish line in eighth place, Montoya earned his fifth consecutive top-10 result to start the 2016 season. Montoya is the defending champion of the Indianapolis 500 and he will attempt to win the race for the third time in his fourth attempt on Sunday, May 29.
IndyGP JPM Quote: ''I struggled leaving the pits. I was on cold tires and I went down there and turned and the car never turned. I needed to go through the line and I didn't manage to. It was really close, so I got on the brakes and tried to make it but I didn't so I got a drive-through penalty and it pretty much ruined our day. At the beginning I was struggling a little bit, but we made a change to our Verizon Chevy and it got a lot better. At the end we had a really great car."