No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/sChevrolet – Juan Pablo Montoya
Laps Completed: 250/250
Laps Led: 0
Points Position: First (439 pts)
Recap: Juan Pablo Montoya recovered from an early pit road speeding penalty to finish fourth in the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at The Milwaukee Mile and maintain his Verizon IndyCar Series championship lead. Montoya started eighth and held that position for the first 50 laps of the 250-lap event. He steadily began to make his way forward, eventually claiming the third position by lap 61. On Lap 98, he piloted the No. 2 Verizon Chevy down pit road for a green-flag pit stop, but was clocked going too fast on pit road entry and he had to serve a drive-through penalty that dropped him to 20th place in lap 101. Again using a fast Chevy and smart pit strategy, Montoya began to work his way through the field. On lap 192 he was scored in the third position before coming down pit road for the final time at lap 198. He returned to the track in 14th place, but began making his way back to the front of the pack, following pit stops by the leaders. On the final restart of the day at lap 232, Montoya was scored in the second position but he didn’t have enough Firestone tires left to hold off the advancements of teammate Helio Castroneves and Graham Rahal, who both had newer rubber in the closing stages. After a spirited battle with one of his chief opponents to the championship, Scott Dixon, for the fourth position, Montoya crossed the finish line there to preserve his series-leading eighth top-five finish of the season.
Quote: “It was completely my mistake on the pit road speeding penalty. I had my finger on the (pit road speed) button but it’s really bumpy getting onto pit road so I don’t know if I didn’t hit it, or if I hit it twice. That put us behind a bit. With about 120 laps to go I told the guys that I think we can make it on one more stop and we did it! It’s great. Our Verizon Chevy was really good today. We grew our points lead with only four races to go. The crowd was fantastic. We always want to see the stands full when we race. It was a solid crowd today and that made it more fun behind the wheel.”