Juan Pablo Montoya wins the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 for the 2nd time in his career

CFy4lhkW8AEtW2TJuan Pablo Montoya often has said that his three Team Penske teammates pose the most formidable competition in the Verizon IndyCar Series.

In the closing laps of the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, that proved to be the case.

Montoya, who won the race 15 years earlier, held off reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion and teammate Will Power by .1046 of a second — the fourth-closest finish in race history — in a thrilling battle over the final 15 laps that also included pole sitter and 2008 race winner Scott Dixon. Five of the 37 lead changes occurred in the final 15 laps following a restart, with Montoya overtaking Dixon in Turn 1 for second place and Power in Turn 4 to lead Lap 197 by .0420 of a second.

“It was awesome,” Montoya said in Victory Circle. “This is what racing in Indy car is all about, racing down to the wire. These guys, Team Penske, did an amazing job. I had the feeling that I had a really good car, but that fight at the end was really, really hard. All the way down to the wire. This is pretty awesome.”

The victory extended Roger Penske’s record of Indy 500 victories to 16.

“You give that guy the bit and put it in his mouth and he doesn’t give up,” said Penske, the race strategist for three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves. “It’s a great day for Team Penske. I knew we had two up there, but the worry was Dixon and the 83 (Charlie Kimball). At the end of the day, they played fair. Good passing and we won the race.”

Indy 500 Race Results
Pos. Car # Driver Laps Status
1 2 Juan Pablo Montoya 200 Running
2 1 Will Power 200 Running
3 83 Charlie Kimball 200 Running
4 9 Scott Dixon 200 Running
5 15 Graham Rahal 200 Running
6 27 Marco Andretti 200 Running
7 3 Hello Castroneves 200 Running
8 6 JR Hildebrand 200 Running
9 21 Josef Newgarden 200 Running
10 22 Simon Pagenaud 200 Running
11 11 Sebastien Bourdais 200 Running
12 5 Ryan Briscoe 200 Running
13 14 Takuma Sato 200 Running
14 24 Townsent Bell 200 Running
15 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 200 Running
16 98 Gabby Chaves 200 Running
17 48 Alex Tagliani 200 Running
18 7 James Jakes 200 Running
19 29 Simona de Silvestro 200 Running
20 26 Carlos Munoz 200 Running
21 25 Justin Wilson 199 Running
22 63 Pippa Mann 197 Running
23 17 Sebastion Saavedra 175 Accident
24 41 James Hinchcliffe 175 Accident
25 4 Stefano Coletti 175 Accident
26 10 Tony Kanaan 151 Accident
27 19 James Davison 116 Mechanical
28 18 Tristan Vautier 116 Mechanical
29 32 Oriol Servia 112 Accident
30 20 Ed Carpenter 112 Accident
31 88 Bryan Clauson 61 Accident
32 8 Sage Karam 0 Accident
33 43 Conor Daly 0 Mechanical

 

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