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2014 Pocono 500: Chevrolet IndyCar Race Recap
Posted by: ASkyler on Jul 08, 2014 - 07:33 AM
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2014 Pocono 500: Chevrolet IndyCar Race Recap

Juan Pablo Montoya crowned his return to Verizon IndyCar Series competition by driving his No. 2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet to the victory in the Pocono IndyCar 500. It is the sixth 2014 win by a Chevrolet driver and extended the Bowtie brand’s lead in the Series’ manufacturer championship battle with seven races remaining in 2014.

Montoya’s Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves, No. 3 Hitachi Chevrolet, was second to give Team Chevy the top-two rungs on the podium of the 200-lap/500-mile race on the 2.5-mile Pocono Raceway, also known as the "Tricky Triangle".

"Congratulations to Juan Pablo Montoya and Team Penske for making such a strong statement by winning this 500 mile race from the pole," said Chris Berube, Chevrolet Racing Program Manager, Verizon IndyCar Series. "Juan Pablo and his crew managed their fuel mileage and track position over the numerous pit stops even with a missing front wing endplate. Congrats to Helio and his crew for taking P2 on the podium, along with Ryan Briscoe and Scott Dixon in 4th and 5th respectively to round out a Team Chevy 4 out of the top 5 positions. This result comes with a substantial tally of points from this double points event and raises the Team Chevy momentum heading into Iowa next weekend."


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Starting from the pole, the win is the 11th IndyCar victory for Montoya, who last competed in the Series in 2000 before moving to Formula One and then to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He was credited with leading six times for a total of 45 laps in the race that went caution-free for 159 laps, before being slowed for the only yellow-flag of the race that lasted until lap 164.

The win moved Montoya from fifth to fourth in the point standings.

Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Ryan Briscoe, No. 8 NTT Data Chevrolet and Scott Dixon, No. 9 Target Chevrolet, finished fourth and fifth respectively to give the Chevrolet IndyCar V6 engine four of the top-five finishing positions in the 11th race of the 18-race season.

Will Power, No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, was the point leader coming into the race. Power started in the middle of the front row alongside his Team Penske teammate Montoya and jumped to the lead at the start of the race. He led four times for a total of 69 laps before serving a drive-through penalty that put him back in the field. As a result of the penalty he was relegated to a 10th-place finish. As a result, Power and Castroneves are now tied atop the standings with 446 points apiece.

Tony Kanaan, No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, led a race-high four times for a total of 78 laps and looked poised to capture his first victory of 2014, but fuel strategy forced him down pit lane with only four laps remaining for splash of fuel and had to settle for the 11th finishing position.

Carlos Munoz (Honda) completed the podium finishing third.

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