Houston Race Review

By June 30, 2014 News No Comments
  • Montoya started the second race of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Priix of Houston doubleheader  from the 14th position after posting a time of 1:00:8328 seconds in the Sunday morning qualifying session.
  • The 2000 Indianapolis 500 winner radioed that he was happy with the handling of his Verizon Chevrolet, evident by the fact that he was turning the second-fastest laps of anyone in the top 10 early in the event.
  • The first pit stop of the day on lap 25 saw race strategist Jon Bouslog call for a swap to the Firestone “red” alternate tires for the primary “black” rubber on the No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevy.
  • Montoya continued to make his way through the field as he was scored in the seventh positon at lap 39. He made his way up to the second spot at lap 57, his highest place in the running order on the day.
  • After restarting the race from the sixth position with less than 10 laps remaining, Montoya waged a spirited battle with the No. 83 car driven by Charlie Kimball and the No. 98 machine of Jack Hawksworth.
  • With one lap remaining, Montoya felt a tire going down while he was battling for his second top-five finish of the weekend  and, as a result, he crossed the finish line in the seventh position.
  • Despite finishing outside the top five, Montoya earned back-to-back top-10 results following his second-place effort on Saturday in Houston.
  • With the result, Montoya remained in the fifth position in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings, now 116 points behind leader and Team Penske teammate, Will Power.