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Race day at Indy

PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2015 7:16 pm
by meteorite
(The official press release from Indycar):

Montoya wins second '500' at thrilling 99th Indianapolis 500
INDIANAPOLIS, Sunday, May 24, 2015 - Fifteen years after his first Indianapolis 500 triumph, Juan Pablo Montoya became a champion again on Sunday at the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.

The Colombian outlasted fellow Team Penske teammate Will Power and Chip Ganassi Racing drivers Scott Dixon and Charlie Kimball in a thrilling battle over the closing laps, putting his No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet in Victory Circle to give Roger Penske a record-extending 16th "500" win as an owner.

Montoya took the lead on Lap 197 from Power and held on by 0.1046 of a second over the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet in the fourth-closest finish in race history. Kimball finished third and Dixon, the polesitter, finished fourth in a 15-lap sprint to the finish that featured five lead changes among the Verizon IndyCar Series stars.

"I don't know what to say -- this is too much!" Montoya said after the victor's swig of milk. "This is what racing in IndyCar is all about, awesome racing all the way down to the wire."

Montoya won as a rookie for Ganassi in 2000 and did not race again in the "500" until last year, finishing fifth; during the years in between he drove at IMS on the road course in Formula One and on the oval in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. With Sunday's victory, he set a record for most years between two "500" wins, Gordon Johncock previously held the mark with nine years between wins in 1973 and 1982. He also became the 19th driver with multiple Indianapolis 500 victories.

Montoya qualified 15th for Sunday's race, well behind his three Team Penske mates, and had problems at the start of the race. On Lap 7, Simona de Silvestro ran into Montoya's rear under yellow, forcing Montoya to pit for new rear wheel guards. He fell back to 30th in the running order. On Lap 41, Montoya slid through his pit box on a stop and had to be pulled back by his crew.

But the 39-year-old was clean from that point on and worked his way into a position to win at the end.

"Our guys stayed in there, and Montoya coming from all the way back ... I'll tell you, you give that guy the bit and put it in his mouth, as you know, he doesn't give up," said Penske, who ended a six-year drought at Indy following Helio Castroneves' win in 2009. "I'm just so thrilled for everyone who works for us, all the people who support us and all these race fans - what a great day."

For five consecutive years, the "500" has had a winning pass for the lead in the last four laps of the race. Sunday's race also tied last year's record with 20 cars finishing on the lead lap.

99th Indianapolis 500 Race Results

INDIANAPOLIS - Results Sunday of the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):
1. (15) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 200, Running
2. (2) Will Power, Chevrolet, 200, Running
3. (14) Charlie Kimball, Chevrolet, 200, Running
4. (1) Scott Dixon, Chevrolet, 200, Running
5. (17) Graham Rahal, Honda, 200, Running
6. (8) Marco Andretti, Honda, 200, Running
7. (5) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 200, Running
8. (10) JR Hildebrand, Chevrolet, 200, Running
9. (9) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 200, Running
10. (3) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 200, Running
11. (7) Sebastien Bourdais, Chevrolet, 200, Running
12. (31) Ryan Briscoe, Honda, 200, Running
13. (24) Takuma Sato, Honda, 200, Running
14. (23) Townsend Bell, Chevrolet, 200, Running
15. (16) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 200, Running
16. (26) Gabby Chaves, Honda, 200, Running
17. (20) Alex Tagliani, Honda, 200, Running
18. (19) James Jakes, Honda, 200, Running
19. (18) Simona de Silvestro, Honda, 200, Running
20. (11) Carlos Munoz, Honda, 200, Running
21. (6) Justin Wilson, Honda, 199, Running
22. (25) Pippa Mann, Honda, 197, Running
23. (27) Sebastian Saavedra, Chevrolet, 175, Contact
24. (28) Jack Hawksworth, Honda, 175, Contact
25. (29) Stefano Coletti, Chevrolet, 175, Contact
26. (4) Tony Kanaan, Chevrolet, 151, Contact
27. (33) James Davison, Honda, 116, Mechanical
28. (32) Tristan Vautier, Honda, 116, Mechanical
29. (13) Oriol Servia, Honda, 112, Contact
30. (12) Ed Carpenter, Chevrolet, 112, Contact
31. (30) Bryan Clauson, Chevrolet, 61, Contact
32. (21) Sage Karam, Chevrolet, 0, Contact
33. (22) Conor Daly, Honda, 0, Mechanical

Race Statistics
Winner's average speed: 161.341 mph
Time of Race: 3:05:56.5286
Margin of victory: 0.1046 of a second.
Cautions: 6 for 47
Lead changes: 37 among 10 drivers
Lap Leaders:
Dixon 1-18
Kanaan 19-20
Dixon 21
Kanaan 22-25
Dixon 26-34
Pagenaud 35-36
Power 37-38
Montoya 39-40
Dixon 41-66
Pagenaud 67-70
Dixon 71
Pagenaud 72
Kanaan 73-74
Dixon 75
Kanaan 76-97
Pagenaud 98-99
Castroneves 100-101
Pagenaud 102-123
Power 124
Pagenaud 125
Dixon 126-127
Pagenaud 128
Dixon 129-148
Pagenaud 149-150
Kimball 151-152
Tagliani 153-154
Kimball 155-162
Dixon 163-164
Montoya 165-166
Dixon 167-169
Munoz 170-172
Wilson 173-174
Power 175-186
Dixon 187
Power 188-191
Montoya 192
Power 193-196
Montoya 197-200
Verizon IndyCar Series Point Standings: 1. Montoya 272, Power 247, Dixon 211, Castroneves 206, Rahal 204, Newgarden 173, Bourdais 161, Kimball 160, Andretti 151, Kanaan 147.