Montoya, Power content with opening day at Long Beach


Team Penske duo Juan Pablo Montoya and Will Power were happy with their opening days on track at this weekends Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Friday.

Veteran Colombian Montoya ended the opening of the two practice sessions with the quickest time, and felt the team learned much more in the second session after mistakes were by the team in terms of set-up.

“Our first practice was good in the Verizon Chevy,” said Montoya. “The second practice we made a couple of mistakes. I think we actually learned a lot more during the second practice because we found some things we shouldn’t have done.

“With what we learned I think we’ll be better for the race. For qualifying set up we may have gone back a little bit but we will continue to work on it in the practice tomorrow.”

Team-mate Power finished second in the opening practice before setting the best time of the weekend so far in the second session to lead the way in FP2, and felt progress has been made with the set-up of his own car after taking some information from that of Montoya’s car.

“It’s been a good start,” insisted Power. “This morning I learned some stuff with Juan, and we’re progressing well.

“This is a track where I’ve struggled the last couple of years in qualifying starting way back there, so I want to start up front and give ourselves a better chance to win the race.”