No. 22 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Juan Pablo Montoya
Start: 5th Finish: 10th Status: Running Laps Completed: 85/85 Laps Led: 0 Points Position: N/A
Recap: Juan Pablo Montoya made his return to the Verizon IndyCar Series on Saturday afternoon at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, finishing 10th in the INDYCAR Grand Prix. It marked the first start in the series since the last race of the 2016 season for the former series champion and two-time Indy 500 winner. As the green flag flew, Montoya had a great start diving down into Turn 1, while working his way up to fourth place. However, by the end of the first lap, he’d fallen back to his original starting position of fifth. Montoya struggled with grip on his first set of red Firestones and lost several positions, settling into 10th. After an aero change and a sticker set of black tires, Montoya held steady in the 10th position and didn’t vary much for the rest of the race. Despite a few more air pressure changes on the remaining pit stops, Montoya couldn’t get his Fitzgerald Glider Kits Dallara/Chevrolet to advance the way he wanted on the Indy road course as he brought home a 10th-place finish. Montoya will continue with Team Penske this month, once again racing the No. 22 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Chevy in the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 as he searches for his third win in the biggest race of the season.
Quote: “We just didn’t have the pace that we were hoping to have in the No. 22 Fitzgerald Glider Kits car today. We struggled on the red tires and on the first run, I felt like we blistered the rear and we lost some time there. Once we got back to about ninth or 10th, we just stayed right about there the rest of the race. It was a fun weekend, but we now turn out focus to the Indianapolis 500. That is the race we want to win and that is what we will think about starting now.”
Next Race: The Verizon IndyCar Series now turns its attention to the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 with qualifying on May 20-21 and the race on Sunday, May 28. Television coverage will be provided by ABC. Tune into the INDYCAR Radio Network or log on to IndyCar.com for additional coverage.