Team Chevy drivers score top four and nine of top 11 finishing positions in The Greatest Spectacle in Racing – Race seven of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season
INDIANAPOLIS (May 24, 2015) – Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, overcame a couple of early obstacles and rallied from near the back of the field to win the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 and lead a 1-2-3-4 Chevrolet finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday.
“Our Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet was good all day. These guys at Team Penske did an amazing job. said Montoya, who also won The Greatest Spectacle in Racing in 2000. “When I came through the field, I knew I had a good car. That fight there at the end… that was awesome.”
Montoya’s No. 2 Chevrolet was hit from behind under an early caution which led to a replaced rear wing and then he slid through his pit stall on a subsequent pit stop to fall to 30th place a quarter of the way through the race before he, Will Power (No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet) and Scott Dixon (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet) traded the lead multiple times over the final 16 laps.
“After a challenging start to the race, Juan Pablo Montoya and his team showed an incredible ability to come back to win the 99th running of the Indy 500,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “They demonstrated a never-give-up approach every lap and every pit stop. Juan simply drove a great race.”
Power finished second, 0.1046 seconds off the pace, to give Team Penske a 1-2 finish. Charlie Kimball (No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet) ended up third. Dixon, who led a race-high 84 laps, was fourth.
“In addition to Juan Pablo Montoya’s win, it was great to see Will Power, Charlie Kimball and Scott Dixon deliver a 1-2-3-4 Team Chevy finish,” Campbell said. “I’m proud of all four of our major teams, each having at least one driver in the top 11.”
Montoya’s victory in the second time the Chevrolet IndyCar 2.2 liter V6 twin turbo direct injected engine has won the Indianapolis 500 (Tony Kanaan, 2013). Chevrolet has now won the Greatest Spectacle in Racing nine times.
Sunday’s victory by Montoya is team owner Roger Penske’s 16th win in the Indianapolis 500. His previous wins came with a driver line-up that includes Helio Castroneves, Gil de Ferran, Emerson Fittapaldi, Al Unser, Sr., Al Unser, Jr., Bobby Unser, Danny Sullivan, Rick Mears, Sam Hornish and the late Mark Donohue
“Everybody dreams of winning the Indianapolis 500,” Campbell said. “It takes incredible preparation, practice and great teams and drivers to have an opportunity to win this race. Congratulations to Roger Penske on winning his 16th Indy 500.”
The victory is the second of the season for Montoya who won the season opening race at St. Petersburg. Chevrolet has won six of the first seven races on the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule.
“Congratulations to Juan Pablo Montoya and his Team Penske crew for winning the 99th Indy 500,” said Chris Berube, Chevrolet Racing Program Manager Verizion IndyCar Series. “What a demonstration of the never give up attitude! Juan drove from the back to the front and battled for the win like the true expert he is. So proud of all the efforts our teams and technical paetners have put in to enable a result like today for Chevrolet.
Next up for Team Chevy in the Verizon IndyCar Series is the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit, the only doubleheader this season, on Saturday and Sunday, May 30 -31, 2015.