“The SKF Ford Fusion started the race really, really loose and we were not really expecting that based on practice. It’s hard because we went from practice to the race without really changing that much and it was just very hard to drive. We finally started catching up and everyone did a good job. I got the lucky dog and we were getting better and then I think we went a little too far with the car at the end, but we’re learning and understanding a little more about these new cars.”
WAS TONIGHT’S THIRD-PLACE FINISH ANOTHER STEP IN YOUR PROGRESSION? “Overall I think our Verizon Chevrolet was amazing today. Everybody on Team Penske did an amazing job. We had a flat tire right at the beginning and drove through the whole field so that was fun. We are getting better every race. It would have been nice to come out of here with a victory because I think we had a car that could have done that, but today was a lot of fun and I think a win is just around the corner.” JPM
No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet
· Montoya qualified the No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet in the eighth position Saturday to tie his best Verizon IndyCar Series starting position of the season.
· The Grand Prix of Indianapolis started with an unfortunate incident when pole winner Sebastian Saavedra stalled on the standing start. The result was a huge accident that took out several competitors.
Montoya recorded a lap of 1:10.8707 in the No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet. The former CART Series champion and Formula One race winner is the only driver in the field to have competed on the IMS road course when it hosted the F1 U.S. Grand Prix.
“The track was pretty hot today, so we had to change the car over a little bit from what we had in the test session last week,” stated Montoya. “Last week was frigid compared to what we have for conditions today. We spent the first session just trying to figure out what we needed because it was almost like starting over. I felt we really gained a lot in the second session. It’s hard to judge where we are because I think other teams used more tires than we did. We haven’t really used any tires today so it doesn’t really show how good we are, but I think we have a really good No. 2 Verizon Chevrolet”
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.