Monthly Archives: August 2014
Juan Pablo Montoya finished 4th on the final race at Fontana, and 4th respectively on the Championship. Juan wants to thank the fans, the team and his sponsors on his open wheel comeback, and from now he is preparing for 2015 season where he will come back stronger than ever.
SONOMA “It was a good weekend for the Verizon Chevy. I knew we had a really good car and that’s why I was a bit upset that we weren’t able to start up front yesterday. If we could’ve been in the top five, even in the top 10, I think we could be talking about a different result here today. But, unfortunately, I put us in a bit of a hole in qualifying. This Chevrolet was really, really fast today. I passed a lot of people and had a blast. We are no longer in the title fight, but we are going to Auto Club Speedway next weekend with one goal and that’s winning the race.”
“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.”