JPM St Petersburg Race review
- Competing in his first Verizon IndyCar Series race since the 2000 season, Montoya qualified the No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet in the 18th position.
- The former IndyCar, Formula 1 and NASCAR race winner made his first start for Team Penske and his first career start on the St. Petersburg street circuit Sunday.
- Running for the first time on the softer “red” Firestone tires, Montoya made up ground early as he improved three positions by lap 14.
- Montoya brought the No. 2 Verizon Chevrolet down pit road just one lap later in an effort to improve his track position even further.
- Keeping solid pace with the race leaders, Montoya posted his fastest lap of the race on lap 18. The early pit strategy also helped him to race his way into the top 10 at lap 28.
- As the race stayed under the green flag for the first 75 laps of the 110-lap race, Montoya began to lose rear grip on his machine, which briefly resulted in the loss of one lap. He was able to take a “wave around” to get back to lead-lap racing under the lap 76 caution period.
- Over the remaining laps of the race, Montoya was able to keep the No. 2 Verizon Chevy inside the top 15 cars, as he took the checkered flag in the 15th position.
Starting position: 18
Finish position: 15
Point Standings: 15 (-38 pts.)
ON HIS FIRST RACE BACK IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
“It was a decent start to my second run in the Verizon IndyCar Series. We have to get a little better on the setups and that will come as we work more together. I think we were just a little too aggressive today and we just burned the rear tires off the No. 2 Verizon Chevrolet. We passed some cars today and really learned a lot about these cars. I didn’t think our pace was that bad, but it’s hard when you start from that far back in the field.”
– Juan Pablo Montoya