Former Grand Prix driver, Tiago Monteiro celebrated his joint-best result of the 2013 FIA WTCC season, taking a splendid second in race one at Sonoma following up from his third place performance in qualifying.
Monteiro managed to jump Muller on the opening lap during the race and went onto pressure eventual winner, Tom Chilton, for the most part of the race, only conceding the fight when Chilton started to get into a rhythm and was thus, un-catchable.
The Honda driver knows that work isn't done with the 1.6 litre Civic and wants to 'keep pushing' going into the Japanese manufacturers home race at Suzuka.
"I knew that the start was going to be very important; there was a little bit of contact but I had to go through," the Portuguese driver explained. "After that, I pushed but taking care of my tyres.
"Tom made a few little mistakes in the first couple of laps but he settle down into a rhythm, didn't make any more mistakes and drive brilliantly.
"I'm very happy for myself and for the entire team to be on the podium here in California, which is an amazing place, but we still need to keep working. We learnt a lot from this race and we'll keep on pushing."
The four time WTCC race winner remains tenth in the championship on 102 points, but now has a realistic shot at a top eight position in the overall championship come November in Macau.
by Dexter Fielding