Team Penske – Race report

By May 30, 2017Penske

No. 22 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Juan Pablo Montoya

Start: 18th Finish: 6th Status: Running Laps Completed:  200/200 Laps Led:  1 Points Position: 23rd (-152)
 
Recap: Juan Pablo Montoya came to Indianapolis in search of his third Indy 500 victory and rolled off the grid in the 18th position. The veteran from Colombia made his only two Verizon IndyCar Series starts of the season at the two Indianapolis events behind the wheel of the Fitzgerald Glider Kits Chevrolet and was able to score top-10 finishes in both events. In his five Indianapolis 500 starts, Montoya now has four top-10 performances including the two victories. He went to work right away weaving his way through traffic. As teams cycled through the first round of pit stops under green, Montoya led Lap 31. However, a fuel miscalculation on that run resulted in the No. 22 car running out of gas in Turn 3. The setback, while temporary, was significant. Montoya then started another march to the front with a full load of fuel. He worked his way forward and nosed around the top 10 again and was able to remain there for the second half of the race. It wasn’t until the closing laps that he was able slide into the sixth spot in front of Alexander Rossi, the defending race winner. The Montoya team, as a fifth Indianapolis entry for Team Penske, was a new collection of personnel that was able to collect two solid results in the month of May.

Quote: “Our Fitzgerald Glider Kits Chevy was good. We had a problem there in the beginning when we ran out of gas in Turn 3. We should have had another half-gallon in the car. It put is in a tough position because we lost a lot of positions there. From there to come back to where we finished was great. We ran 12th or 13th most of the day and then the car was really good at the end of the race. The balance just wasn’t there. Then I told the guys on the last stop, let’s take swing and we did and the car came to life. I would have liked to have had some more laps at the end.”