Juan Pablo Montoya didn’t quite have as great a weekend as he did last weekend, but it is incredibly hard to top an Indianapolis 500 win as reported on earlier at the Inquisitr. This weekend at the Dual in Detroit Montoya collected a tenth place finish on Saturday and then another tenth on Sunday.
On Saturday the race went just 47 of a scheduled 70 laps due to rain and lightning. The race was won by Carlos Munoz, who is also from Colombia like Montoya. Juan Pablo was never much of a factor in Dual 1.
Montoya was on the pole for Dual 2 on Sunday after qualifying was washed out by rain. Sebastian Bourdais won the race that wound up being a timed race because the rain just wouldn’t stay away from the Raceway at Belle Isle. Montoya was looking at a more promising finish but he ran out of fuel on the last lap and limped home in tenth place.
ESPN reported that Montoya was a bit cranky after the race because he felt that Takuma Sato and Graham Rahal jumped the green flag on the final restart.
“I don’t really agree with what happened, but that’s a conversation I will have. We gained points on Will [Power] with a 10th-place finish, so it’s not a terrible day.”
Montoya wasn’t the only one talking about the restart. Team owner Roger Penske, who owns Montoya’s car along with the cars of Will Power, Helio Castroneves, and Simon Pagenaud, told Fox Sports during the race that confusion reigned at the end.
“It was pretty mixed up there on the start so for me to say what happened I don’t know. What a race for the fans here. They have waited all day here in Detroit. They are going to see something exciting. I think they are all right on fuel and they will make it without a problem now.”
Penske was right about the finish, but missed the mark when it came to Montoya’s fuel situation.
Coming out of the weekend Montoya still sits atop the Verizon IndyCar standings. He is 21 points ahead of Will Power and 63 points in front of third place Scott Dixon. The next race on the schedule is under the lights on Saturday, June 6, at the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway. Last year Juan Pablo Montoya finished third at Texas with Ed Carpenter taking the checkered flag.
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