Team Penske’s Juan Pablo Montoya showed everyone why he is regarded as one of the best Verizon IndyCar drivers on the grid as he came from the back of the grid to finish the Honda Indy Grand Prix at Barber Motorsports Park in fifth place.
The former F1 driver suffered his worst IndyCar qualifying performance on Saturday but more than made up for it following a sensational and ‘fun’ race.
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 great drive in Alabama Montoya heads to the Grand Prix of Indianapolis next month in third place in the championship on 136 points just four behind reigning series champion Scott Dixon.
Montoya went on to say:
It was just a tough break but the guys worked really hard, made some good changes and the car had a ton of speed (in the race).
The Colombian who heads to Indianapolis as the defending Indianapolis 500 winner converted his worst qualifying performance into one of the best drives of his career.
Montoya who returned to the Verizon IndyCar Series with Team Penske last year will start his 80th Verizon IndyCar race at the Angie’s list Grand Prix of Indianapolis before attempting to win back to back Indianapolis 500’s at the end of next month.