Sunday, May 24, 2015

Montoya Wins Indianapolis 500

Originally written for CLNS Radio.

Juan Pablo Montoya won the 99th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday afternoon.

Montoya picked up his second career Indianapolis 500 victory 15 years after winning his first.  Montoya said the victory was a big one.

“This is too much, it’s pretty unbelievable,” Montoya said.  “That was awesome.”
Photo courtesy Andrew Weber/USA Today
Montoya was running in the back of the pack early in the race, and had to fight his way back to the front.  At one point, Montoya was as low as 30th after having to make multiple pit stops under the first caution to replace a rear right wing.

“This Chevy was good all day,” Montoya said.  “Team Penske did an amazing job.  When we came through the field we had a really good car.”

Montoya raced hard with Scott Dixon and teammate Will Power over the final 15 laps.  Montoya made the final pass for the lead with a daring move on Power with three laps to go.

“That fight at the end was hard,” Montoya said.  “This is what racing and IndyCar is all about.  It’s awesome racing all the way down to the wire.”

“It’s pretty awesome.”

Unofficial results:

1. Juan Pablo Montoya
2. Will Power
3. Charlie Kimball
4. Scott Dixon
5. Graham Rahall
6. Marco Andretti
7. Helio Castroneves
8. JR Hildebrand
9. Josef Newgarden
10. Simon Pagenaud
11. Sebastien Bourdais
12. Ryan Briscoe
13. Takuma Sato
14. Townsend Bell
15. Ryan Hunter-Reay
16. Gabby Chaves
17. Alex Tagliani
18. James Jakes
19. Simona de Silvestro
20. Carlos Munoz
21. Justin Wilson
22. Pippa Mann
23. Sebastian Saavedra
24. Jack Hawksworth
25. Stefano Coletti
26. Tony Kanaan
27. James Davison
28. Tristan Vautier
29. Oriol Servia
30. Ed Carpenter
31. Bryan Clauson
32. Sage Karam
33. Conor Daly

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