Team Penske are running five cars this weekend for the IndyCar Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and also in the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil with the return of Juan Pablo Montoya.
During qualifying for the IndyCar Grand Prix at the Speedway on Friday, it looked as though Montoya had never been out of the car.
Montoya will start today’s race from fifth place just ahead of Sebastien Bourdais and ahead of his team mate and reigning series champion Simon Pagenaud who will start the race from seventh place. Montoya is working with a new crew this weekend with a mix of mechanics and engineers from the pool of the four full-time Team Penske entries and this is something that has not phased Montoya.
The Colombian has previously said that he is happy as he has worked with the crew before. Speaking following his qualifying session, Montoya commented by saying:
I thought it was pretty good. The last run when we saw that Will ran, I mean, when I ran that flat the second session, I ran whatever it is, the 68 flat in the second session, I made a couple mistakes, and I thought, I got probably an 80 or something in me, I’m going to give it a go, and instead of going faster made a couple mistakes went slower in the first lap, and in the second lap I really nailed the start of the lap and I nailed Turn 12 and when I went to Turn 13 spun the tires and bad spun. Yeah, I got it like just a big drift, and when I went to the extra time, I was fourth ends in one second corner. That’s it. But it’s okay, last time I qualified was September or something last year, so I feel pretty good. I’m working with a new engineer with Raul and with Ron Ruzewski, and we seem to have really good chemistry, doing a really good job together, and to be honest, making — our goal was to make the Fast Six, and we did, and to be honest, we had pace to be second fastest today no problem. I missed it by a tenth and a half, and I made a hundred mistakes in the lap.