Montoya chasers know what they must do

All five drivers trailing leader Juan Pablo Montoya realize their chances are slim.

The six drivers mathematically eligible for the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series championship heading into the race gathered to meet with media today before the practice session. While all five drivers trailing leader Juan Pablo Montoya realize their chances are slim, none are giving up.

"If there's a chance, it's possible," said Helio Castroneves, driver of the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet, who's fifth in points and trails Montoya by 77. "That's exactly the mentality we have."

Basically, I have to win, I need to get the bonus points,

Will Power

All of the contenders chasing Montoya know the script is simple: Each pretty much must win the 85-lap race Aug. 30 and hope Montoya doesn't fare well.

"That's the best-case scenario," said Graham Rahal, 34 points behind Montoya in second place. "We finish third, fourth, fifth (in the race), it becomes obviously a bit more difficult because you're banking on Juan finishing 12th or worse. I don't think that's likely. We're going to go out there this weekend and do the best we can and try to get a win."

Will Power is the defending series champion, but knows what must happen if he has any hope of a repeat.

"Basically, I have to win, I need to get the bonus points," said Power, 61 points behind Montoya in fourth place. "These other guys have to have a really bad day. It's obviously kind of a longshot, you could say, when you're relying on someone to have a bad day, but it's still mathematically possible."

Power, Montoya and Castroneves all drive for Team Penske and make up half of the contenders' field. When asked if there were any team orders this weekend, Power quipped: "Don't take your teammate out. If it's not your teammate, take the others out, all of them."

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Series IndyCar
Event Sonoma
Sub-event Friday practice
Track Sonoma Raceway
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Team Penske
Article type Commentary