Chevrolet and Juan Pablo Montoya go into this weekend’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono as the defending champs from last year’s race, and you can bet they’ll be searching for a repeat of the result come Sunday. Juan Pablo Montoya also has his IndyCar drivers’ championship lead to defend, sitting just nine points in front of Graham Rahal with only two races left in the season.
“We know that we can go to Pocono and win the race,” said Montoya. “It’s going to be very special to go back there as the defending winner and to the place where we were able to validate Roger’s (Penske) belief that I could come back over to the Verizon IndyCar Series and win after being away for so long.”
Pocono will be the last of six IndyCar races to be held on an oval this season. Chevy has taken wins in three of those races, including at the Indianapolis 500, where Montoya drove to a commanding victory. The most recent driver to take Chevy to victory lane on the oval was Sebastien Bourdais, earning his second win of the season at Milwaukee.
After Pocono, the Verizon IndyCar series heads to Sonoma Raceway in California for the final race of the season. Between Pocono’s odd three-turn configuration and Sonoma’s intense elevation change, it’s sure to be an interesting end to this racing season.