Montoya Fights Loose-Handling Car to Finish 23rd
July 28, 2014
Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
The No. 12 Penske Truck Rental Ford Fusion
THE RACE REVIEW
· Making his second and final scheduled NASCAR Cup Series start of 2014, Juan Pablo Montoya began Sunday’s Brickyard 400 from the eighth position.
· During the opening laps of the 400-mile event, Montoya radioed to crew chief Greg Erwin that the No. 12 Penske Truck Rental Ford was handling loose on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) oval. However, as the run progressed, Montoya’s lap times leveled off and were just behind those of the race leaders.
· A competition caution at lap 20 gave Erwin and the team an opportunity to change all four Goodyear tires while making adjustments to the track bar and air pressure.
· Restarting the race in the 22nd position, Montoya noted that there was slight improvement to the handling in the center of the corners but the Penske Truck Rental Ford was still too loose entering and exiting the corners.
· Montoya would again turn some of the best laps in the field, but he still wanted to improve the performance of the No. 12 Ford as it continued to run in the middle of the pack.
· Erwin and the No. 12 crew continued to work on the car throughout the waning laps of the race – calling for spring rubber and shock adjustments on the final pit stop of the day – but Montoya was still fighting the loose-handling condition as he crossed the finish line in the 23rd position.
· Montoya will return to the IndyCar Series next weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. With four races remaining, he is ranked fifth in the standings, 105 points behind Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 12 PENSKE TRUCK RENTAL FORD
THE TEAM BATTLED HARD ALL DAY, BUT WHAT WERE YOU FIGHTING THE MOST?
“I’m really proud of the effort by everyone on the No. 12 Penske Truck Rental Ford. Brad (Keselowski), Joey (Logano) and myself all wanted to win this one really bad for Roger (Penske). But from the start of the race we could never find the right balance. We were either too tight in the center of the corners and loose everywhere else, or just plain loose. We made a lot of big adjustments on the car all day but nothing seemed to work. I appreciate Roger giving me the opportunity to run here and at Michigan earlier in the year. Now we go back to trying to win him the IndyCar Series title.”
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