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JPM to Start 17 for Indy 500 # 100

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No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Juan Pablo Montoya
Position: 17
Time: 2:38.1141
Speed: 227.684 mph

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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.”


Indy GP Recap JPM

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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.

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What they’re Saying Barber

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JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): “The Verizon Chevy was very good. We had a good car all weekend, but just in qualifying, our tires just didn’t come in. I don’t know what happened and we’ll go back and look at what went wrong there. We knew we had a fast car. It was fun and we made some good moves today. On the red tires, I ran them all day pretty much. They were wearing at the end a little bit, but we kept pushing it. At the start of the race, if you would have told me I would have finished fifth, I wouldn’t have believed it. I’m pretty happy where we finished and now we look ahead to Indy.”

JPM finishes 4th at Long Beach

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Recap: Juan Pablo Montoya finished fourth Sunday in the No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevy at Long Beach to record his second top-five finish in three races as he maintained third place in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings. Montoya started fifth and dropped back to sixth at the start. He remained sixth after the first round of pit stops on Lap 26. The reigning Indy 500 champion moved up to fourth place after his second stop on Lap 54 and he fought off challenges from Tony Kanaan and Takuma Sato to earn his second top-five finish in three races to start the season. The result marked Montoya’s fourth top-five finish in five starts at Long Beach. Montoya recorded his 25th top-10 finish since joining Team Penske in 2014. Montoya is now third in the drivers’ standings, 28 points behind teammate Simon Pagenaud.