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IndyCar: Montoya believes he can win title
Racer.com ^ | July 7, 2014 | n/a

Posted on 07/08/2014 6:10:41 AM PDT by gymbeau

Juan Pablo Montoya believes that he is emerging as a dark horse for this year's Verizon IndyCar Series championship following his win at Pocono on Sunday.

The 38-year-old's victory followed several weeks of solid results and elevated him to fourth in the championship, 55 points behind his Penske teammates and joint leaders Will Power and Helio Castroneves.

At the start of the season – following seven years in NASCAR – he had said that his expectations were to reacquaint himself with open-wheel racing, challenge for wins, and help support his teammates' title bids. But in the wake of his Pocono success, he says that he could be in the championship hunt if he can build upon his current momentum.

"I feel at this point we've got to step it up and work a little bit harder, because I think we're in a position now to win the championship," he said. "We've been having really good finishes and everything, but if we want to win the championship, we've got to make sure we perform a little better on the street courses and stuff like that.

"We haven't run on short ovals so I have no idea what to expect [at Iowa this weekend]. Hopefully it's as good as this."

The Colombian admitted that as recently as a few weeks ago, the prospect of a title challenge had not been on his mind. Montoya believes the recent run of results that has put him into contention has owed as much to his mental approach as it does his talent as a driver.

"It [the championship] wasn't [on my radar]," he said. "I was, I don't know, nearly 200 points out or something. I'm still a ways away, but hey, I think people know that I'm coming, and it's good. It's definitely a plus.

"I think it's something that is helping, and I've got to keep in mind, is I got to here because I've been really smart about it, and it's got to be that way.

"With [Jack] Hawksworth in Houston [whom he was fighting for third late in the Sunday race], I could have been stupid or braver or whatever you want to call it and ended up in the tires with him and prove a point – and what's the point? That would have given away 20 or 30 points, and then you get to the end of the year, and you go, 'Oh, I shouldn't have been fighting with that dude.'"

Montoya became the first driver this season to win an IndyCar race from pole position. His 223.871mph pole speed reset Pocono's track record.


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: autoracing; indycar
Not a bad race on Sunday, and nice to see JPM back in his old form!

cheers Jim

1 posted on 07/08/2014 6:10:41 AM PDT by gymbeau
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2 posted on 07/08/2014 6:11:35 AM PDT by gymbeau (Tagline optional, printed after your name on post (Mortem))
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3 posted on 07/08/2014 6:18:40 AM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.- Sarah Palin)
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To: gymbeau

will power is going to blow it again. he’s the best driver in the series but can’t keep from boneheaded moves. Helio always fades, too. JPM seems like a good pick. Rahal had a nice save when his engine quit.


4 posted on 07/08/2014 6:19:01 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch (http://thegatwickview.tumblr.com/ http://thepurginglutheran.tumblr.com/)
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I’d like to see Helio get his first championship; he came so close last year!
cheers
Jim


5 posted on 07/08/2014 6:21:19 AM PDT by gymbeau (Tagline optional, printed after your name on post (Mortem))
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That word “Montoya.” I don’t think it means who you think it means...

cheers
Jim


6 posted on 07/08/2014 6:22:10 AM PDT by gymbeau (Tagline optional, printed after your name on post (Mortem))
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Indycar is ruined for me. The cars look ridiculous and sound ridiculous. F1 cars sound ridiculous now and NASCAR is a Joke. I look to other series’ now and NHRA for my racing fix.


7 posted on 07/08/2014 6:28:21 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: gymbeau

called him,,,,
El Diablo.


8 posted on 07/08/2014 6:29:15 AM PDT by Big Red Badger ( - William Diamonds Drum - can You Hear it G man?)
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To: KC_Lion

I figured that he was looking to beat Racer X, the six fingered driver who had killed his father, “Pops” Racer Montoya.


9 posted on 07/08/2014 6:37:39 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
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I agree with you on Indy cars, F1 and NASCAR, but not NHRA. I have never enjoyed drag racing, but............

Me? I get my racing fix from MOTO GP. 200+ mph on two wheels. Lean angles exceeding 60 degrees, they now drag their elbows. No roll cages, just leather and pads. Fabulous athletes

10 posted on 07/08/2014 6:39:35 AM PDT by Tupelo
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He hasn’t ran into any track driers yet? Sorry couldn’t resist. I wish him luck.


11 posted on 07/08/2014 6:43:36 AM PDT by McGruff (It's not the crime, it's the cover-up they said.)
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I marvel how 10,000hp can be contained. 300+ mph in 1/5th of a mile is amazing. it’s not over regulated. I marvel at MOTOGP too. Those guys are plain nuts.


12 posted on 07/08/2014 6:50:04 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: gymbeau

If I’m not mistaken, JPM’s win at Pocono is his first win on an oval since before he left CART.


13 posted on 07/08/2014 6:53:38 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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Always thought JPM has the coolest name in racing.

His unfortunate accidental meet up with the jet

dryer was the most bizzare and scary fire I ever saw.


14 posted on 07/08/2014 7:04:50 AM PDT by Harold Shea
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To: gymbeau

Excellent book, highly recommended if you’re an Indy fan.
Just finished it.

http://www.amazon.com/Black-Noon-Year-They-Stopped/dp/1250017777


15 posted on 07/08/2014 7:06:55 AM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: McGruff
Pablo Montoya hits track dryer at Daytona 500
16 posted on 07/08/2014 7:10:37 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Harold Shea

Q: How many NASCAR drivers does it take to start a jet fuel fire?
A: It only takes Juan.


17 posted on 07/08/2014 7:30:41 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: Harold Shea

That was most bizarre. Race goes to caution, I head to the bathroom, come back two minutes later just in time to see the jet dryer explode.

Certainly unexpected.


18 posted on 07/08/2014 9:15:15 AM PDT by cyclotic (America's premier outdoor adventure association for boys-traillifeusa.com)
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To: nascarnation

I read an excerpt and am looking forward to the whole story.
Thanks!
Jim


19 posted on 07/08/2014 11:50:18 AM PDT by gymbeau (Tagline optional, printed after your name on post (Mortem))
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Very well researched. Gives a lot of insight into how racing was in the 60s. Factual without being sensational.
Deaths and serious injuries were so numerous, there was so much turnover in the driver roster.


20 posted on 07/08/2014 12:31:07 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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yup, been awhile... i'd like to see Helio do it too
21 posted on 07/08/2014 2:47:50 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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