Detroit race 1: JPM 3rd Race Report

By June 5, 2016 Penske

Track:    Raceway at Belle Isle Race:    Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans (Race 1) Date:     June 4, 2016

No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Juan Pablo Montoya
Start: 3rd Finish: 3rd Status: Running Laps Completed: 70/70 Laps Led: 13 Points Position: 6th (-90)

Recap: Juan Pablo Montoya recovered from a disappointing Indianapolis 500 with a podium finish Saturday in the first of two Chevrolet Dual in Detroit races on the Belle Isle street course behind the wheel of his Verizon Chevrolet. Montoya roared back from an early pit stop to contend with the leaders late in the race, finishing 5.7067 seconds behind winner Sebastien Bourdais. Montoya, who was part of Team Penske’s 1-2-3 sweep in qualifying and started third, pitted under green on lap nine of the 70-lap race. Just as Montoya completed his stop, a yellow flag came out for Max Chilton’s crash. Shortly after the restart, Montoya was back in contention, working into second place before teammate Will Power passed him, followed by Carlos Munoz. On lap 29, Montoya moved into the lead when Power pitted, but lost it three laps later while battling with Power as teammate Simon Pagenaud passed both for the top spot. On Lap 43, Montoya stayed out as the leaders pitted under caution and regained the lead. He headed to the pits while leading under green, giving the lead to Scott Dixon. Eventually, Montoya moved past Helio Castroneves and Pagenaud into third but couldn’t catch Bourdais and Conor Daly, settling for the final podium spot. 

Quote: “After the last pit stop, we started having issues. But it was okay. We started pushing. It was a smart call. We were trying to play the rain. When we restarted, we never really pushed. We were trying to make sure we could make it to the rain, and the rain never came. We tried to run a smart race, but the rain didn’t happen. We got a decent podium out of it, so I’m pretty happy about that.”