Team race recap Indy 500

By | Penske

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.

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JPM to Start 17 for Indy 500 # 100

By | Indycar

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.”