No. 2 hum by Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Juan Pablo Montoya
Start: 15th / Finish: 8th / Status: Running / Laps Completed: 200/200 /Laps Led: 0 / Points Position: 13th (-174)
Recap: The song remained the same for Juan Pablo Montoya in the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. The two-time Indy 500 champion has battled bad luck all season and it continued with a Saturday practice crash. He recovered to secure a top-10 finish after starting 15th on the grid in his No. 2 hum by Verizon Chevy. The scheduled Sunday race date was postponed to Monday due to inclement weather. Under a mostly sunny sky Monday afternoon, Montoya quickly worked his way into the top 10 and was able to stay there throughout much of the race. He reached the second position while teams cycled through green-flag stops in the early going and moved up to third as teammate Will Power claimed the race lead. Looking for additional downforce throughout the race due to breezy conditions, Montoya asked for wing adjustments at virtually every pit stop. The changes were enough to score an eighth-place finish. It was his eighth top-10 finish of the season.
"The hum by Verizon Chevrolet ran well for most of the race. We had some problems with understeer and that made for a tough day. Things didn't turn out the way we would have liked it to, as we definitely hoped for better results. I'm very proud of the team and how they pulled together the whole weekend and throughout today. We will continue to hold our heads up and look towards the next race in Texas."
Mid Ohio Post Race Quote: "First, I want to say that I'm really glad that Vance Welker (No. 2 car chief mechanic - outside front tire changer) is OK after the incident (in the pits between No. 7 and 21 cars) today. Secondly, the Hawk Performance Chevrolet was good all weekend and it definitely had the speed for a podium finish. For the race, we went with a different strategy and it didn't work out as well as we would have liked. We went with a different set of (Firestone) red tires that we thought would work well for us during the latter part of the race, but the balance was off after that. We have to keep our heads up and look ahead. We just need to go back and look at things this week and see what we can do differently for Pocono."
No. 2 Hawk Performance Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Juan Pablo Montoya
Start: 8th / Finish: 11th / Status: Running / Laps Completed: 90/90/ Laps Led: 9/ Points Position: 12th (-185)
Recap: As has been the case throughout most of the season, Juan Pablo Montoya had a better car than the results showed Sunday afternoon in the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The Hawk Performance Chevrolet ran among the leaders in all of the practice sessions but only qualified eighth for Sunday’s race, which left some work to be done for Montoya and the No. 2 team. Several strategies were at work in the early portion of the race which meant that when the caution flag flew on Lap 14 the field got shuffled and Montoya stayed on track to take the race lead. He led for nine laps before heading to pit lane and his first stop of the afternoon. Just prior to the halfway point of the 90-lap race, Montoya had worked his way back to eighth place in the running order. During what was scheduled to be his final stop of the race on Lap 62, Montoya’s chief mechanic and outside front tire changer Vance Welker suffered an injury when the cars of Mikhail Aleshin and Josef Newgarden made contact on pit road and Aleshin’s machine clipped Welker as he was changing the tire on the No. 2 car. Welker was cleared by medical personnel to return to the pits just a few laps after the incident. After returning to pit lane two laps later and falling to 17th place, Montoya gained six spots over the final 25 laps of the race to finish in 11th position. Read More
No. 2 DeVilbiss Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Juan Pablo Montoya
Laps Completed: 84/85
Laps Led: 0
Points Position: 13th (-153)
Recap: Juan Pablo Montoya started Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto in ninth place, but he was able to weave the No. 2 DeVilbiss Chevrolet toward the front and was challenging the lead group late Sunday when a crash sent him back to pit lane. The time spent on pit road making repairs to the car resulted in a 20th-place finish for Montoya, down one lap to the leaders. Early on, Montoya and the No. 2 Chevy made early contact with the car driven by Josef Newgarden, but that didn’t slow Montoya’s assault on the lead pack. Before the halfway mark of Sunday’s race, Montoya had worked his way inside the top five as he looked to score his best finish since a third-place effort in the first of two events on the Raceway at Belle Isle in Detroit. However, the misfortune that has plagued the two-time Indianapolis 500 champion virtually all season reared its ugly head yet again. Just four laps from the end of the race, Montoya got caught up in an accident with Jack Hawksworth that ended his bid for a strong finish.