Starting Position 8
Finishing Position 21
Point Standing (behind leader) 11 (-69 pts.)
Juan Pablo Montoya No. 2 PPG Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet
- Montoya qualified the No. 2 PPG Automotive Refinish Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet in the eighth position Saturday to earn his best Verizon IndyCar Series starting position since qualifying fifth for the season finale race at Auto Club Speedway in 2000.
Barber Quotes: “We had a good PPG Chevrolet in the wet...I thought it did a pretty good job in the wet. I had a good restart on cold tires. We were going through the “esses,” and I was right behind the No. 9 car (Scott Dixon). He had a big moment, and I lifted then ended up having a bigger moment myself. I went in and I kind of referenced and measured with the wet, and I did the same thing I was doing in wet. He lifted more than I expected and I had to lift a lot more and it started tail slapping. After that, something broke in the car. I don't know what happened. We’ll figure it out and look ahead to better results in Indianapolis.”
Long Beach: “That was an interesting race. What an amazing team and I really have to thank Verizon and Chevy. I could've been a little more aggressive at the end but I really wanted to make sure we didn't get in any trouble and got a decent finish in the Verizon car. We had some close calls out there but we kept pushing and to come out of Long Beach with a top-five finish is pretty good."
“It was a decent start to my second run in the Verizon IndyCar Series. We have to get a little better on the setups and that will come as we work more together. I think we were just a little too aggressive today and we just burned the rear tires off the No. 2 Verizon Chevrolet. We passed some cars today and really learned a lot about these cars. I didn’t think our pace was that bad, but it’s hard when you start from that far back in the field.” – Juan Pablo Montoya
JPM St Petersburg Race review
- Competing in his first Verizon IndyCar Series race since the 2000 season, Montoya qualified the No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet in the 18th position.
- The former IndyCar, Formula 1 and NASCAR race winner made his first start for Team Penske and his first career start on the St. Petersburg street circuit Sunday.
- Running for the first time on the softer “red” Firestone tires, Montoya made up ground early as he improved three positions by lap 14.
- Montoya brought the No. 2 Verizon Chevrolet down pit road just one lap later in an effort to improve his track position even further.
- Keeping solid pace with the race leaders, Montoya posted his fastest lap of the race on lap 18. The early pit strategy also helped him to race his way into the top 10 at lap 28.
- As the race stayed under the green flag for the first 75 laps of the 110-lap race, Montoya began to lose rear grip on his machine, which briefly resulted in the loss of one lap. He was able to take a “wave around” to get back to lead-lap racing under the lap 76 caution period.
- Over the remaining laps of the race, Montoya was able to keep the No. 2 Verizon Chevy inside the top 15 cars, as he took the checkered flag in the 15th position. Read More