No. 2 Hawk Performance Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Juan Pablo Montoya
Laps Completed: 90/90
Laps Led: 1
Points Position: First
Recap: Juan Pablo Montoya dropped to the back of the field early in the Grand Prix of Alabama after a penalty for avoidable contact on Lap 26 before returning to the pits two laps later to change the front wing on his car. The trip down pit road dropped him to last place in the running order when he returned to the racing surface. He used pit strategy and speed to move his way back through the field, but he wasn’t able to consistently run with the race leaders. Sunday’s result marked his first outside of the top five this season. Montoya, however, maintained his points lead in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship standings, now just three points ahead of Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves.
Montoya Quote: “We had a long day with the No. 2 Hawk Performance Chevy. We started with a bad qualifying effort, but we seemed to be in an okay position to dig ourselves out of the hole at one point. We were racing with (Ryan) Hunter-Reay and he finished fifth. It’s hard to race with some of the guys in the back of the pack. They are young and sometimes make moves like you aren’t even there when you are right beside them. So we ended up with two broken wings and a 14th-place finish.”