Montoya revved up after IndyCar's first week

Juan Pablo Montoya finished 15th at the of Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Sunday. (AFP)

Juan Pablo Montoya finished 15th at the of Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Sunday. (AFP)

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:57 PM ET

It wasn’t the big splash many had thought he would make, but Juan Pablo Montoya finished the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg with his No. 2 Penske Racing Chevrolet in one piece.

Montoya, back in the Verizon IndyCar Series after seven seasons racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, finished 15th on the 22-car grid.

All in all the Colombian native thought he had a good first race.

“I think it went pretty good,” he said. “We were just burning up the rear tires with the setup that we decided to run. It was just a little too aggressive.

“You know, we will learn and pass some people and some people passed us.

“There are a few things we have to do better but I didn’t feel my pace was too bad there at the end. I was keeping up with everybody and it was good.

“It’s going to be a lot of work but I am very excited.”


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