Montoya leads Pagenaud to Penske 1-2 at St Petersburg

Juan Pablo Montoya secured his second victory in as many years around the streets of St Petersburg as the Colombian led a Team Penske 1-2 ahead of team-mate Simon Pagenaud.

Montoya made a decisive pass on Pagenaud just after the conclusion of a mid-race full course caution, and was able to hold off the Frenchman until the chequered flag, eventually winning by 2.3306s.

Ryan Hunter-Reay denied Penske a clean sweep of the podium positions by taking third, having passed Helio Castroneves in the closing stages in his Andretti Autosport machine.

Castroneves held on for fourth, finishing just ahead of Mikhail Aleshin of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, the duo less than four-tenths of a second apart, while Takuma Sato ended the race sixth for AJ Foyt Enterprises.

After running near the front in the early stages, Scott Dixon could do no better than seventh for Chip Ganassi Racing, with Carlos Munoz, Tony Kanaan and Charlie Kimball completing the top ten.

Marco Andretti caused the first yellow flag caution of the day when the Andretti Autosport spun while attempting an overtake on Dale Coyne Racing’s Luca Filippi, while team-mate Munoz caused the biggest incident of the day when he spun Graham Rahal into the wall, with a number of cars being caught up in the accident. Munoz served a stop and go penalty for the incident.

Conor Daly had an impressive run for Dale Coyne Racing, running an alternative strategy during the yellow flag cycles, leading a total of fifteen laps before dropping back when forced to make an extra pit stop to remove debris from the sidepod of his car that was causing his water temperature to rise, with the American ultimately ending the race thirteenth.

Pole sitter Will Power was forced to miss the race due to illness, and his Penske replacement Oriol Servia ended a lap down in eighteenth after being caught up and spun around in the Munoz/Rahal mayhem.

Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi ended the race as the best rookie in twelfth, with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Spencer Pigot fourteenth behind Daly, and Max Chilton seventeenth for Chip Ganassi Racing.

St Petersburg Race Result

12Juan Pablo MontoyaCOLTeam Penske2hr13m28.4650s
222Simon PagenaudFRATeam Penske+2.3306s
328Ryan Hunter-ReayUSAAndretti Autosport+8.8764s
43Helio CastronevesBRZTeam Penske+9.3237s
57Mikhail AleshinRUSSchmidt Peterson Motorsports+9.7167s
614Takuma SatoJAPAJ Foyt Enterprises+26.0373s
79Scott DixonNZLChip Ganassi Racing+40.7056s
826Carlos MunozCOLAndretti Autosport+55.9459s
910Tony KanaanBRZChip Ganassi Racing+59.1204s
1083Charlie KimballUSAChip Ganassi Racing+1 Lap
1141Jack HawksworthGBRAJ Foyt Enterprises+1 Lap
1298Alexander RossiUSAAndretti Autosport+1 Lap
1318Conor DalyUSADale Coyne Racing+1 Lap
1416Spencer PigotUSARahal Letterman Lanigan Racing+1 Lap
1527Marco AndrettiUSAAndretti Autosport+1 Lap
1615Graham RahalUSARahal Letterman Lanigan Racing+1 Lap
178Max ChiltonGBRChip Ganassi Racing+1 Lap
1812Oriol ServiaESPTeam Penske+1 Lap
195James HinchcliffeCANSchmidt Peterson Motorsports+1 Lap
2019Luca FilippiITADale Coyne Racing+2 Laps
RET11Sebastien BourdaisFRAKVSH RacingRetired
RET21Josef NewgardenUSAEd Carpenter RacingRetired