- Juan Pablo Montoya began Sunday afternoon’s race at the Milwaukee Mile from the third position after posting a two-lap average speed of 168.579 miles per around the one-mile oval during Saturday evening qualifying.
- As he kept pace with the race leader during the opening laps, Montoya radioed that his PPG Chevrolet was handling tight on the exit of Turn 4 and loose in the center of Turns 1 and 2.
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JPM HOW WAS THE HAWK PERFORMANCE CHEVY IN THE FIRST RACE IN TORONTO? “We made a little bit of a mistake staying on red tires and the tires just really fell off. When you're competing there's nothing you can do but just get out of the way. But we looked forward to Race #2 and went for it in the Hawk Chevrolet."
“First off all, I want to thank Verizon, IndyCar, PPG, Chevrolet and everyone who supports this car and Team Penske. I want thank Roger (Penske) for believing in me after how many years out of open-wheel, coming back and believing I could do it. Here we are. It’s awesome that we could do it. You have to be patient and you have to be smart. On days like this, if you do everything right the opportunity will come.”
Montoya breaks records, earns Verizon P1 Award – Form Indycar.com By Dave Lewandowski
LONG POND, Pa. — Juan Pablo Montoya stood tall in the late-afternoon session of “Can you top me in the Poconos?”
The final competitor in single-car qualifications for the Pocono INDYCAR 500 fueled by Sunoco broke the one- and two-lap track records to earn his first Verizon P1 Award of the season and 15th of his Indy car career.
Juan Pablo Montoya No. 2 Verizon
WOULD YOU SAY YOU ARE MORE COMFORTABLE ON THE TEMPORARY STREET CIRCUITS NOW AFTER A FEW STARTS INTO YOUR RETURN TO INDYCAR?
“I definitely feel a lot more at ease on the street courses now and I believe that it’s showing in the speed we have. At Detroit we made the Firestone Fast Six for the first time all season. Our strategy has taken the most time to come around but I think we are getting there too. We knew that street courses and short ovals would be our biggest obstacles this year. All you can ask for after being away from the series for so long is to show progress. The No. 2 Verizon Chevy has definitely done that.”
The No. 12 SKF Ford Fusion
Driven By Juan Pablo Montoya
Finish Position 18
Current Series Position N/A
-Making his first NASCAR Cup Series (NSCS) start of 2014, Juan Pablo Montoya qualified the No. 12 SKF Ford Fusion in the 28th position on Friday afternoon.
· As the 200-lap race began, Montoya radioed to crew chief Greg Erwin that his Ford was running extremely loose while entering the Michigan International Speedway (MIS) corners. A lap four caution gave Montoya an opportunity to come to pit road for four tires and adjustments to the track bar and air pressure. Montoya restarted the race from the 38th position on lap seven.
· While the adjustments had little effect on the loose-handling condition, Montoya was able to turn laps a quicker than the cars between him and the top 10 cars.
Starting Position 4
Finishing Position 3
Point Standing (behind leader): 7 (-147 pts.)
- Montoya qualified the No. 2 Verizon Chevrolet in the fourth position – his best starting spot since rejoining the Verizon IndyCar Series this season – for Saturday night’s race at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS).
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