JPM’s IOWA Report

By July 14, 2014 Indycar

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Starting Position 19 / Finishing Position 16 / Status Contact
Point Standing (behind leader) 5 (-66 pts.)
Juan Pablo Montoya No. 2 PPG Automotive Refinish
Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet

· Juan Pablo Montoya began Saturday night’s Iowa Corn Indy 300 from the 19th position after posting a two-lap average speed of 182.317 miles per around the seven-eighths-of-a-mile oval on Friday evening.
· The handling of the No. 2 PPG Automotive Refinish Chevy was not to Montoya’s liking during the early laps of the race as the car developed an understeer condition in Turns 3 and 4.
· A brief rain shower around lap 40 brought out a red flag and stopped the race. When racing resumed, Montoya brought his Chevy down pit road for four Firestone tires, fuel and an adjustment to the front wing. He restarted in the 16th position at lap 63, but quickly made his way inside the top 10 at lap 80.
· During the next green-flag run, part of the back wing of the No. 2 PPG Chevy came loose and blew on to the track. A lap 90 caution period gave the Team Penske crew an opportunity to fix the damage on pit lane, but Montoya lost a lap to the race leaders in the process.
· Despite the setback, which saw Montoya fall to 18th in the running order, the Colombian racer was turning some of the fastest laps on the track. He was able to take the “wave around” to get back on the lead lap when a caution flag flew at lap 161.
· Back on the lead lap, Montoya began to march his way through the field as he once again joined the top 10 at lap 229.
· Following great pit work by the No. 2 PPG crew under a lap 231 caution, Montoya restarted the race from the seventh position at lap 242.
· At lap 282, while trying to make a pass on the No. 20 car driven by Ed Carpenter for the sixth position, Carpenter made contact with Montoya. The damage from the accident forced Montoya to retire from the race. He was credited with a 16th-place finish.
· With the result, Montoya dropped to fifth in the championship standings, now 66 points behind Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves.