Race Recap – Detroit

By June 1, 2014 June 7th, 2014 Indycar

The No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet
Driver: Juan Pablo Montoya
Starting Position: 6 Finish Position: 12
Driver’s Points Position: 7

“The race was fun, but since qualifying we kind of struggled with getting the power down in the car. But to be honest, the Verizon Chevy had good speed and it was fun. Track position and the tire strategy will be hard tomorrow. Everybody knows red tires are going to go off fast. It is going to make it very tricky.” – Juan Pablo Montoya

THE RACE REVIEW    

Juan Pablo Montoya
No. 2 Verizon Team Penske  Dallara/Chevrolet

• Montoya advanced to his first-ever Firestone Fast Six round of qualifying during the morning time trials. He began the race from the sixth position with a lap of 1:19:7296 seconds around the Belle Isle circuit.
• The former CART Series champion began the 70-lap race on scuffed “red” Firestone tires. Over the beginning laps of the race, he had trouble with forward drive on the older tires.
• Race strategist Clive Howell brought Montoya down pit road early at lap 15 for fresh Firestone reds to help his drive. Despite falling to the 19th position after the green-flag pit stop, Montoya was the beneficiary of a lap 17 caution period that propelled him up to the seventh position after many of the lead lap cars visited pit lane.
• While battling with low grip on corner exit, Montoya was still able to keep his Verizon Chevrolet in the top 10 throughout the first half of the race.
• Montoya made his final pit stop of the day at lap 49, returning to the track in the 16th position. With the car not completely to his liking, the former Formula 1 race winner was able only to advance to the 12th position before the checkered flag fell.
• With the result, Montoya remains in the seventh position in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings, 118 points behind leader, Ryan Hunter-Reay.

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING

AFTER THE FIRST CAUTION PERIOD, YOU LOOKED TO BE IN GOOD SHAPE. WHAT HAPPENED FROM THERE?

“The race was fun, but since qualifying we kind of struggled with getting the power down in the car. But to be honest, the Verizon Chevy had good speed and it was fun. Track position and the tire strategy will be hard tomorrow. Everybody knows red tires are going to go off fast. It is going to make it very tricky.” – Juan Pablo Montoya