Simon Pagenaud may have won today’s race at Barber Motorsports Park in style however it was his Penske team mate Juan Pablo Montoya in the No.2 Verizon Chevrolet who stole the show at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.
Montoya confirmed he didn’t know what happened after qualifying for today’s race in last place.
Starting from the back didn’t phase the cool Colombian who put his head down and chipped away as the green flag waved for the 90 lap race in the park. Montoya proved why he is one of the BEST drivers in the Verizon IndyCar Series with what can only be described as a spectacular drive.
Montoya picked off his rivals one by one and brought the silver Chevrolet bulletin home in fifth place just behind team mate Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet and speaking following the race, Montoya commented by saying:
The Verizon Chevy was very good. We had a good car all weekend, but just in qualifying, our tires just didn’t come in. I don’t know what happened and we’ll go back and look at what went wrong there. We knew we had a fast car. It was fun and we made some good moves today. On the red tires, I ran them all day pretty much. They were wearing at the end a little bit, but we kept pushing it. At the start of the race, if you would have told me I would have finished fifth, I wouldn’t have believed it. I’m pretty happy where we finished and now we look ahead to Indy.
Following his performance today, Montoya is in third place in the championship 52 points behind team mate and points leader Simon Pagenaud heading to Indy.