Montoya wins 2nd Indy 500
INDIANAPOLIS – Juan Pablo Montoya insisted he had the best car in the Team Penske stable – even to his three teammates, who all believed they were legitimate contenders to win the Indianapolis 500.
As they ribbed each other during a Penske event about the traditional victory swig of milk, Montoya interrupted the debate with an emphatic declaration: “I don’t understand why you are arguing – I’ll win it, and I’ll let you drink the milk.”
In the end, he kept that whole bottle for himself.
Showing the same confidence he did 15 years ago when he routed the field, Montoya sliced his way from the back to the front twice on Sunday to win his second Indianapolis 500.
“This is too much,” he said in victory lane, the winner’s wreath around his neck and the traditional bottle of milk in his hand. Flanked by his three children, he looked everywhere for his wife.
It was a far different scene from 2000, when the fearless Colombian was single, childless and using Indy cars as a stepping stone to Formula One. But his career has been a series of ups-and-downs since then – through F1, NASCAR and finally back to IndyCar with motorsports icon Roger Penske.
Penske teammate Will Power finished second and Ganassi driver Charlie Kimball was third, ahead of teammate Scott Dixon.
Montoya started 15th but an accident on the opening lap led to a lengthy caution and he was hit from behind by Simona de Silvestro during the yellow period. It damaged his rear bumper cover and he had to pit for repairs, which dropped him to 30th on the restart.
After picking his way through traffic, he was back near the front when a penalty for running over his air hose again knocked him deep into the field.
Montoya again drove his way back to the front and was mixing it up with Power, Dixon and Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud in no time.