No. 2 hum by Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Juan Pablo Montoya
Start: 15th / Finish: 8th / Status: Running / Laps Completed: 200/200 /Laps Led: 0 / Points Position: 13th (-174)
Recap: The song remained the same for Juan Pablo Montoya in the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. The two-time Indy 500 champion has battled bad luck all season and it continued with a Saturday practice crash. He recovered to secure a top-10 finish after starting 15th on the grid in his No. 2 hum by Verizon Chevy. The scheduled Sunday race date was postponed to Monday due to inclement weather. Under a mostly sunny sky Monday afternoon, Montoya quickly worked his way into the top 10 and was able to stay there throughout much of the race. He reached the second position while teams cycled through green-flag stops in the early going and moved up to third as teammate Will Power claimed the race lead. Looking for additional downforce throughout the race due to breezy conditions, Montoya asked for wing adjustments at virtually every pit stop. The changes were enough to score an eighth-place finish. It was his eighth top-10 finish of the season.
Quote: “The hum by Verizon Chevrolet ran well for most of the race. We had some problems with understeer and that made for a tough day. Things didn’t turn out the way we would have liked it to, as we definitely hoped for better results. I’m very proud of the team and how they pulled together the whole weekend and throughout today. We will continue to hold our heads up and look towards the next race in Texas.”