As one of the most gratifyng wins on his career, JPM is back on the top! Perfect Weekend for JPM and team 2 Verizon Penske Team, today dressed as PPG Automotive. JPM want to give a big thank you to to all his fans, his team, his Country Colombia & Mr. Penske for believing in him.
- Juan Pablo Montoya won his first Verizon P1 Pole Award since making his return to the Verizon IndyCar Series with a track-record qualifying average speed of 223.871 miles per hour on Saturday. It represented his first series pole award since the race at Australia’s Surfers Paradise in 2000.
- In Sunday’s Pocono INDYCAR 500, Montoya relinquished the lead to Team Penske teammate Will Power on the opening lap as Montoya settled into the second position.
- Mindful of fuel consumption early on, race strategist Jon Bouslog radioed to Montoya that he was getting great fuel mileage, which would allow the team to execute its pre-race strategy.
- Montoya brought the PPG Chevy to pit road for the first pit stop of the day at lap 32 for four Firestone tires, fuel and a front-wing adjustment.
- Throughout the 200-lap event, Montoya never fell below the fourth position in the running order.
- With 34 laps remaining in the 500-mile race, Montoya narrowly escaped a bigger incident as his car made light contact with Power’s machine while making a pass for the lead. The resulting damage to the front wing caused a bit of an understeer condition on the PPG Chevy for the remainder of the race.
- Montoya made his final pit stop of the day at lap 187, setting the team up for a strong run to the finish. After returning to the track in the third position, Montoya reclaimed the lead again on lap 197 after the competitors in front of him on a different fuel strategy had to pit. Montoya led the final four laps for his first Verizon IndyCar Series victory since winning at Gateway International Raceway in 2000.
- Montoya led a total of 45 laps on the day for his 15th career series win in 52 starts. He also became the first driver to win from the pole position in the 2014 season.
- With the finish, Montoya moved up to fourth in the championship standings, now 55 points behind Team Penske teammates, Power and Castroneves, who are tied for the series lead.
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO WIN AGAIN IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES?
“First off all, I want to thank Verizon, IndyCar, PPG, Chevrolet and everyone who supports this car and Team Penske. I want thank Roger (Penske) for believing in me after how many years out of open-wheel, coming back and believing I could do it. Here we are. It’s awesome that we could do it. You have to be patient and you have to be smart. On days like this, if you do everything right the opportunity will come.”