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Juan Pablo Montoya has nowhere to go but up at Belle Isle after finishing last in Indy 500

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Juan Pablo Montoya was on top of the world when he won the Indianapolis 500 last year.

But after this year’s 500 – the 100th running of the iconic race – Montoya was lower than low.

He wrecked about one-third of the way through the Greatest Spectacle In Racing, ending his day prematurely – and finishing an ignominious 33rd in the 33-driver field.

As in last place.

But Montoya won’t let what happened in Indy keep him down. He’s already put Indianapolis in his rearview mirror and is looking forward to not one, but two chances to redeem himself this weekend in the Chevrolet Dual of Detroit.

“It’s good to get right back at it after Indianapolis,” Montoya said. “We certainly didn’t have the best of luck during the month of May.

“That’s why I think it’s good to get after it again. It’s time to move on from Indy.”

Montoya and the rest of the Verizon IndyCar Series now head to Detroit for back-to-back, points paying races on Saturday and Sunday.

Montoya has made four starts at Belle Isle. He finished 12th and 13th in 2014 and 10th in both races in 2015 (he also started from the pole in one of the those races and from third position in the other race).

“We had good starts last year in the Verizon Chevy in the Belle Isle races,” Montoya said. “The finishes weren’t where we’d like.

“We were able to lead some laps in the Sunday race (led 35 of the race’s 68 laps), so maybe we can build off that.”

Montoya dropped from third to 10th in the IndyCar standings after his dismal finish at Indianapolis, his worst finish of 2016 – and his only showing outside the top-10 in the first six races.

“We just need to get some positive momentum going,” Montoya said. “It’s really been an up-and-down season, which gets frustrating.”

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The NTT IndyCar Series will return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the third time this season but with a weekend schedule that will put the action in front of fans for the first time in 2020.

The track’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course will play host to IndyCar and sports cars series over four days. The action will begin Thursday with practice and concluding with an eight-hour race Sunday featuring the Intercontinental GT Challenge and GT World Challenge America.

The NTT IndyCar Series will hold a Friday-Saturday race doubleheader called the Harvest GP presented by GMR.

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The name is a nod to the Harvest Classic, which was held Sept. 9, 1916 to help the track stay solvent during World War I. The event had three races of 20, 50 and 100 miles (all won by Johnny Aitken) that was the only racing held outside May at IMS from 1911-93.

A limited crowd of 10,000 will be allowed each day this weekend, and those fans will be the first to experience new video boards, concession stands, restrooms and 5G wireless connectivity.

Here’s the IndyCar weekend schedule for Indianapolis Motor Speedway Harvest GP:

(All times are Eastern)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Thursday, Oct. 1

Noon — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America test session
2:25 p.m. — IndyCar practice (NBC Sports Gold)
6:20 p.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 1 (NBC Sports Gold)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Friday, Oct. 2

10:20 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
1:40 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
3:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 1 (USA Network, NBC Sports Gold)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Saturday, Oct. 3

10:20 a.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC Sports Gold)
12:10 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America qualifying
2:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC, NBC Sports Gold)
5:30 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America pole shootout

IndyCar weekend schedule: Sunday, Oct. 4

10 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America race