INDIANAPOLIS – Juan Pablo Montoya was a huge beneficiary of the double points for last year’s Indianapolis 500. This year though, that rule could haunt him.
Montoya crashed in the early stages of last Sunday’s 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 as he would come home last in 33rd place. It was his all-time worst open wheel finish ever.
Now, he has his sights set on the Chevrolet Duels in Detroit in hoping he can turn his struggles from the Month of May around.
Unfortunately though, Belle Isle hasn’t been the kindest to Montoya during his IndyCar return.
The Team Penske driver has finishes of 12th, 13th, 10th and 10th the last two years in Belle Isle. In his CART days, he finished 17th and 18th respectively in 1999 and 2000. With not having the result he needed in the double points last year, mixed with mediocre results at Belle Isle, Montoya could very well have too big of a hole to catch up in the standings leaving Detroit.
Currently, Montoya fell to 10th in the standings as he’s 105 points out, but, with Belle Isle being the halfway point of the year, if he’s outside the top 10, he’s going to have a huge uphill battle on his hands if he wants to overcome losing last year’s title by virtue of a tiebreaker.
Luckily for him though, he’s fared well on street courses this season as he won the season opener at St. Pete in March and finished fourth at Long Beach in April.
He needs results like that rather than four of his six finished outside the top 10 at Belle Isle during his career. If not, his title dreams could be dashed.