Team Penske’s Juan Pablo Montoya goes into this weekend’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio following after retiring from the last race in Toronto.
The Colombian is currently in 13th place in the series standings on 279 points and he is hoping that after a number of difficult races that he can fight at the front this weekend. Speaking ahead of the race weekend Montoya who will have Hawk Performance as his primary sponsor this weekend commented by saying:
We just need to get out of this rut we’ve been in. We’ve had great cars every race, but just haven’t been able to avoid the bad luck. It has come in practice, in qualifying and in the races. It just always seems to be something. I have no doubt that the Hawk Performance Chevrolet will be ready to go this weekend. I know what it takes to be successful at Mid-Ohio. It’s a very challenging circuit, so we’ll have to be on top of our game to get a good result.
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet heads to the race in Mid-Ohio with momentum on his side having won three of the last four races this season and in doing so has climbed to second place in the series standings just 47 points behind team mate Simon Pagenaud.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s race the Australian commented by saying:
After a bit of a slow start this season, the No. 12 Verizon Chevy team has built a lot of momentum in the middle part of the season and we’ll look to keep it going at Mid-Ohio. I really enjoy racing at Mid-Ohio. The natural terrain creates a fast, yet technical, circuit. It is not a track that I’ve won at before, so this would be a great time to do that and we’ll need to work hard to accomplish that. We’ve gotten ourselves into the championship fight, but it’s still a little early to be counting points. We just need to keep doing what we have been and let the points manage themselves.
Simon Pagenaud heads into this weekend’s race having finished the Honda Indy Toronto in ninth place having started the race from third place on the grid and speaking ahead of the race this weekend the Frenchman commented by saying:
always look forward to competing at Mid-Ohio. It’s a classic event for the Verizon IndyCar series. I’ve been fortunate to have some success there over the years in both INDYCAR and sports cars. I’m excited about being in the PPG Automotive Refinish Chevrolet again. We’ve had some good results in those colors this season. The No. 22 team tested there last week (July 21) and we were pleased at the end of the day. We went through our list of tests to experiment, which will lead us in a good direction for the race weekend. We’re all ready to go.
Helio Castroneves goes into Sunday’s race having finished the Honda Indy Toronto in second place behind Will Power and is currently in third place in the series points standings on 385 points, 74 behind Pagenaud. Speaking ahead of the race, Castroneves commented by saying:
The Hitachi Chevrolet team has been consistent this year. We’re in the fight for the championship and now it’s time to step it up and put some pressure on those guys in front of us. Mid-Ohio is a track that fits my style on road courses. It’s been a few years since we’ve gotten the kind of results representative of the car we’ve had, so we’ll need to work hard to get that back. I like the challenge of a course like Mid-Ohio. I’m confident in our ability to be in the fight this weekend and really looking forward to it.