Team Penske Race Report -IOWA

By July 11, 2016 Indycar

Track:   Iowa Speedway, Newton, Iowa (.894-mile oval)
Race:    Iowa Corn 300
Date:     July 10, 2016
No. 2 DeVilbiss Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Juan Pablo Montoya
Start:  11th
Finish: 20th
Status: Mechanical
Laps Completed: 179/300
Laps Led: 0
Points Position (behind leader):  11th (-140 pts.)

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: Juan Pablo Montoya started 11th in Sunday’s Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway and charged forward to eventually run inside the top five. He began to challenge the leaders before the DeVilbiss Chevrolet encountered mechanical trouble and Montoya was forced to retire shortly after the halfway point of Sunday’s race. It marked the third consecutive time that Montoya was not able to finish a race at Iowa Speedway, ending competitive bids in each result. A disappointing qualifying effort Saturday left him starting on the inside of the sixth row, but Montoya raced up to fifth place by Lap 68. A fast pit stop by the No. 2 Team Penske crew helped Montoya gain one more position on Lap 118. On Lap 175, he moved past teammate Helio Castroneves into third place, but four laps later his day ended with a puff of smoke as the car was forced to pit lane and out of the race.

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QUOTE: “The DeVilbiss Chevy was running so well today. We struggled a little bit in qualifying because we couldn’t get a clear assessment on the assimilations there, but we knew that we had a strong car for today’s race and I really thought we had a shot at the win. As we adjusted the car, it was getting better and better. So, obviously I’m disappointed with how things ended.  Again, I just want to thank DeVilbiss, Chevrolet and Verizon for supporting us and we’ll look ahead to better results in Toronto.”