It went down to the wire, but in the end Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya maintained his lead against Australian racer Will Power to win the 99th Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday. This is Montoya’s second Indy 500 victory after the 39-year-old Team Penske driver first chugged the traditional milk of victory in 2000 during his first Indy 500 race.
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“Great day for Team Penske,” said team owner Roger Penske. Second-place finisher Power is also on the team.
Montoya wins despite an earlier crash. What an #indy500. GREAT race for my son's favorite driver Charlie Kimball, who finished 3rd.
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Four drivers separated from the pack in the closing laps in what was an otherwise tight race wrought with a number of crashes. Montoya and Power dueled against Chip Ganassi’s team racers Charlie Kimball, who took third place, and Scott Dixon, who came in fourth.
Montoya, who shortly after the race started was struck by Simona de Silvestro, causing damage to his car’s wing, managed to get back toward the front after falling to 30th place following the pit stop to repair his car.
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Then in Turn 3 Montoya managed to get past Power and Dixon, who had been jockeying for first place. Ryan Hunter-Reay, who won the race last year, finished in 15th place.