“The No. 2 Hawk Performance Chevy had really good pace. Unfortunately, we got into that incident on the first lap and broke the front wing. We lost a few spots coming down pit road for repairs, but I wasn’t too concerned about that. We were ahead of (race winner Scott) Dixon and driving away from him, so we had a really good car. I don’t think we were an 11th-place car at all, so it’s disappointing when you don’t finish where you should. We just had to alter our strategy too much after pitting so early for a new front wing. It turned into more of a fuel mileage race for us and that meant we couldn’t really push the car on the red tires. It’s unfortunate but we will regroup and go to Milwaukee.”
Facts About the race:
- Rains showers in the Toronto area on Saturday forced INDYCAR officials to postpone Race 1 of the “2 in T.O.” until Sunday morning, creating a true doubleheader with two races being run on the same day.
- Juan Pablo Montoya qualified his No. 2 Hawk Performance Chevrolet in the 11th position during the Saturday morning qualifying session. However, he was forced to start at the rear of the field for the first race – a 65-lap event – of the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader as the team had to replace many of the electrical units in the No. 2 Team Penske car while INDYCAR attempted to start the race on Saturday afternoon.
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“Our PPG Chevy was really good today. We had some issues during the weekend but we never gave up. Yesterday in qualifying got really loose and we came back today really strong, passing people. I got inside of (Ed Carpenter) and he was running high and then all of a sudden (he) decided to run low. He had been running every lap on the top. I got a run – I got inside of him and he just turned down on me. Very frustrating deal but we have to move on. We’re still in good shape.”
As one of the most gratifyng wins on his career, JPM is back on the top! Perfect Weekend for JPM and team 2 Verizon Penske Team, today dressed as PPG Automotive. JPM want to give a big thank you to to all his fans, his team, his Country Colombia & Mr. Penske for believing in him.
- Montoya started the second race of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Priix of Houston doubleheader from the 14th position after posting a time of 1:00:8328 seconds in the Sunday morning qualifying session.
- The 2000 Indianapolis 500 winner radioed that he was happy with the handling of his Verizon Chevrolet, evident by the fact that he was turning the second-fastest laps of anyone in the top 10 early in the event.
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