Jun 9 Texas Race Recap

By June 9, 2014 Indycar

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Starting Position 4
Finishing Position 3
Status: Running
Point Standing (behind leader): 7 (-147 pts.)

  • Montoya qualified the No. 2 Verizon Chevrolet in the fourth position – his best starting spot since rejoining the Verizon IndyCar Series this season – for Saturday night’s race at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS).
  • As the 248-lap race began, Montoya radioed that there was a problem with the handling of his Dallara/Chevrolet. A lap five caution period allowed Montoya to bring his car down pit lane, where a punctured right rear tire was discovered. Montoya restarted the race in the 18th position on lap 12.
  • A veteran of 16 NASCAR Cup Series starts at TMS, Montoya wasted little time in maneuvering back to the front of the field. He was scored inside the top 10 by the 35th lap.
  • As the field began to make green-flag pit stops, Montoya briefly claimed the race lead due to being on a slightly different pit strategy after his early stop. He eventually returned to pit lane for four Firestone tires and fuel at lap 60.
  • After the pit stops cycled through, Montoya moved back inside the top five at lap 89. He remained at the front of the field throughout the race as he took over the lead each time pit stops began. Montoya led three times for a total of 13 laps on the evening.
  • A late-race caution at lap 242 closed the gap between the second-place running Montoya and the race leader, Ed Carpenter. Unfortunately, as the race resumed, Montoya was not able to make his way around Carpenter, the eventual race winner. He also gave up the second position to Team Penske teammate Will Power, who was running fast on new tires. Montoya crossed the finish line in the third position, his best result so far the season.
  • With his third-place finish, Montoya remains seventh in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings, now 147 points behind Power.