No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Juan Pablo Montoya
Start: 1 Finish: 5 Status: Running Laps Completed: 47/47 Laps Led: 31 Points Position: First
Recap: Juan Pablo Montoya led the first 32 laps of the race, but lost the lead when six cars stayed out on track while the leaders pitted on Lap 32. Two subsequent caution periods prevented Montoya from trying to chase down the leaders, but he did move up two positions in the final 15 laps to finish fifth and maintain his lead in the Verizon IndyCar Series driver standings. Montoya, who started first when qualifying was canceled Saturday because of inclement weather and the field was set by points, raced away from his competitors on a wet track at the start of the race and held the lead through four yellow flags during the caution-filled race. Team Penske teammate Will Power stalked Montoya through the first 32 laps as all four Team Penske drivers held down the top four spots early in the race.
Quote: “We definitely had a fast Verizon Chevy today and it’s good to come away from NOLA with a top five. I think it’s one of those deals where we kind of caught a break yesterday starting on pole with the weather but our luck went the other way today. The cool thing is two races in a row to start the season Team Penske has had the fastest cars and I am very excited about that. I’m looking forward to getting back to Long Beach next week. Hopefully we can keep the ball rolling there.”