Starting Position 8
Finishing Position 21
Point Standing (behind leader) 11 (-69 pts.)
Juan Pablo Montoya No. 2 PPG Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet
- Montoya qualified the No. 2 PPG Automotive Refinish Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet in the eighth position Saturday to earn his best Verizon IndyCar Series starting position since qualifying fifth for the season finale race at Auto Club Speedway in 2000.
- Following a two-and-a-half hour rain delay, series officials made the decision to change the Grand Prix of Alabama to a timed race. The event began on a wet surface with all competitors running on “rain” tires. The conditions seemed to suit Montoya as he quickly moved into the top five by lap seven.
- After making his first pit stop of the day at lap 22 to receive Firestone “red” alternate slick tires, the former series champion cycled through to the seventh position.
- On lap 26, Montoya went off course in Turn 11 and had to be restarted. The incident resulted in Montoya falling back to the 22nd position in the running order.
- Over the remaining laps of what eventually was a 69-lap race, Montoya noted that something felt amiss in the handling of his Dallara/Chevrolet. This did not allow him to make up much of the ground lost in the early spin as he crossed the finish line in the 21st position, running one lap down to the race winner, Ryan Hunter-Reay.
- Montoya is now positioned 11th in the series standings, 69 points behind the leader and teammate, Will Power.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR FIRST RACE AT BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK?
“We had a good PPG Chevrolet in the wet…I thought it did a pretty good job in the wet. I had a good restart on cold tires. We were going through the “esses,” and I was right behind the No. 9 car (Scott Dixon). He had a big moment, and I lifted then ended up having a bigger moment myself. I went in and I kind of referenced and measured with the wet, and I did the same thing I was doing in wet. He lifted more than I expected and I had to lift a lot more and it started tail slapping. After that, something broke in the car. I don’t know what happened. We’ll figure it out and look ahead to better results in Indianapolis.”
– Juan Pablo Montoya