No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Juan Pablo Montoya
Start: 17th / Finish: 33rd / Status: Contact / Laps Completed: 63/200 / Laps Led: 0 /Points Position: 10th (-105)
Recap: Defending Indianapolis 500 champion Juan Pablo Montoya encountered early trouble Sunday, spinning on track and making contact with the wall in Turn 2 on Lap 63. The accident ended his day early as Montoya finished a disappointing 33rd in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. By Lap 5, Montoya had dropped from his 17th starting position to 20th. On Lap 31, Montoya moved his Verizon Chevrolet up to second place as the leaders pitted. Once the field cycled through its pit stops, though, Montoya returned to mid-pack, where he stayed until the car spun out on the exit of Turn 2 and made contact with the outside wall. The No. 2 Verizon Chevy was too damaged to return to the track. Montoya was fresh from an eighth-place finish on May 14 in the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the IMS road course. He was attempting to win the Indy 500 for the third time in his fourth 500 start. However, a challenging starting position coupled with an ill-handling car early on in the race resulted in a premature exit for Montoya on Sunday. He and rest of the Verizon IndyCar Series field will get back at it this weekend with two races on the schedule at the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans on the streets of Belle Isle.
Quote: “It’s disappointing for Verizon and Chevy and everybody who has worked so hard. The car was just hard to drive and it was a little bit tighter there in that corner and it got away. It was a disappointing day.”