JPM wins in Mexico
Montoya rebounded from a refueling problem en route to winning his first stock car race, the Telcel-Motorola Mexico 200, at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City.
After taking over the lead, Montoya went on a tear, staying out front before and after the first round of pit stops – leading 33 of the first 44 laps on the day.
However, a problem on his second pit stop dropped the driver of the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Telcel Dodge to the middle of the pack. The issue, a problem with the fueling mechanism of the car, was quickly fixed during a yellow flag stop seven laps later – but it caused Montoya to restart in 19th place with 26 laps remaining.
It was then that the former Team McLaren Mercedes F1 pilot put his road course skills on display in front of the Mexican crowd at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, slicing through the field and reaching the runner-up position in only 16 laps.
At that point, Montoya and Pruett found themselves once again battling for the top spot. And much like the first time, Montoya bumped Pruett – this time spinning him around – in Turn 1, which allowed him to take over the lead for good with eight laps remaining.