No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Juan Pablo Montoya
Start: 2 Finish: 3 Status: Running Laps Completed: 80/80 Laps Led: 0 Points Position: First
Recap: Juan Pablo Montoya started the Grand Prix of Long Beach from the second position before dropping to the third spot early in the event. He and teammate, Simon Pagenaud, entertained the fans with a thrilling battle several times during the event, including the final 10 laps as the two raced hard for third place. Montoya held on to the spot for the 20th podium of his Verizon IndyCar Series career. Montoya, who finished fourth at Long Beach last year, posted his first-ever IndyCar win at Long Beach in 1999. The finish allowed him to maintain his lead in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings as he is now just three points ahead of teammate Helio Castroneves.
Quote: “Our Verizon Chevy was strong all day. We hung in there the entire race and everyone did a good job. I had a really good run on Helio at the start. He made a move on me and I had to check up, which lost me one spot to (Sunday’s race winner Scott) Dixon. We ran strong all day and ended with another podium, which is great for the points battle. Two podiums in three races is a bit different start than we had last year and that is something I’m very proud of.”