Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report
Track: Texas Motor Speedway
Race: Firestone 600
Date: August 27, 2016
No. 2 hum by Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Juan Pablo Montoya
Start: 17th Finish: 9th Status: Running Laps Completed: 246/248 Laps Led: 0 Points Position: 13th (-184)
Recap: Juan Pablo Montoya restarted the Firestone 600 on Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway in the 10th position but the hum by Verizon Chevrolet wasn’t handling well and fell two laps down to the leader. But a late rally led to a ninth-place finish to place all four Team Penske cars inside the top 10. Montoya raced up to the fourth position at one point and slid back to 13th at another. The shorter runs were better for the two-time Indy 500 winner while the long runs exacerbated the handling problems. It was his ninth top-10 finish of the season. Following an eighth-place showing at Pocono, Montoya logged back-to-back top 10s for the first time since Barber Motorsports Park and the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway earlier in the season.
Quote: “The hum by Verizon Chevy was good on short runs, but we struggled with the long run pace. We restarted last at one point and drove up to fourth. This frustrating season just continues. Every race it’s something.”