No. 2 PPG Automotive Refinish Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Juan Pablo Montoya
Start: 8th / Finish: 13th / Status: Running / Laps Completed: 60/60 / Laps Led: 1 / Points Position: 14th (-192)
Recap: Juan Pablo Montoya’s season of frustrating race results continued on Sunday at Watkins Glen International. The INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Glen started with a spin in Turn 1 on Lap 1 for Montoya as he fell back to the 20th position after starting eighth. The No. 2 PPG Automotive Refinish Chevy team adjusted its strategy by staying out on track during the first caution period of the day to move back to the lead pack. The two-time Indy 500 champion demonstrated enough speed to stay with eventual race winner Scott Dixon, but the rest of the race did not play out in his favor. Like many competitors late in the race, Montoya was playing a fuel strategy game that ultimately prevented any chance of contending at the finish. He had to come down pit lane with 11 laps remaining for a splash of fuel to make it to the end as he went from running seventh to 18th. Montoya closed strong to finish 13th in the running order. The race was a microcosm of Montoya’s season of what-ifs and almosts.
Quote: “It was like two different races out there today. There were times when the PPG Automotive Refinish Chevrolet was great early on, then we got shuffled back a little and fuel mileage didn’t work out for us. The goal was to make it to the end, but with the way the race played, we couldn’t and had to come in for a splash (of fuel). That’s been our luck this year.”