No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Juan Pablo Montoya
Laps Completed: 248/248
Laps Led: 16
Points Position: Leader (348 pts)
Recap: Juan Pablo Montoya recovered from handling issues early on to finish fourth in Saturday night’s Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway, retaining his lead in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship standings. It marked Montoya’s series-leading sixth top-five finish of the season. After briefly losing several positions over the opening laps of the race, Montoya climbed back inside the top five prior to a lap 84 caution period. After bringing the No. 2 Verizon Chevrolet down pit road for service he returned to the track in the lead. He held the top spot until lap 182 when Tony Kanaan was able to get around both he and teammate Helio Castroneves, who was running in the second position. As he overcame some handling challenges with the car, Montoya was able to keep his Chevy positioned in the top five for most of the remaining laps.
Quote: “Not a bad day for the Verizon Chevy team. The setup we had in the car was kind of temperamental. Small adjustments had a big effect. On our second stop we went the wrong way on a front wing adjustment and it was a handful to drive after that. But a decent finish and a decent points day. I had a lot of confidence coming into this weekend – I thought we could win the race. We finished fourth so it’s not terrible.”