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.
· In what may have been a blessing, Montoya also stalled his Verizon machine on the start and it may have kept him out of the melee. However, the Holmatro safety crew had to restart the No. 2 Chevy quickly before Montoya fell a lap down to the field.
· At lap 21, Montoya radioed that he was sliding on his Firestone tires as he navigated the 2.434-mile road course. As a result, race strategist Clive Howell called his driver to pit lane for four scuffed, alternate “red” compound tires and fuel.
· As he continued his march toward the top five, Montoya radioed that something was amiss in the rear of the car. He immediately pulled to pit lane where a camber issue was discovered. After the No. 2 Verizon crew made repairs, Montoya restarted the race from the 19th position, running one lap down to the leaders.
· While attempting to get his lap back, Montoya was involved in an incident on a lap 52 restart when he made contact with the rear of the No. 15 entry. The damage was confined to the front wing, which was quickly replaced by the No. 2 crew. Unfortunately, this impacted Montoya’s result as he crossed the finish line in the 16th position.
· With the result, Montoya now sits 15th in the driver standings, 79 points behind Verizon IndyCar Series point leader and Team Penske teammate, Will Power.
Driven By Juan Pablo Montoya
Starting Position 8
Finishing Position 16
Point Standing (behind leader)15 (-79 pts.)