Montoya denies Power in epic Indy 500

Team Penske's Juan Montoya celebrates victory  in the Indianapolis 500

Team Penske’s Juan Montoya celebrates victory in the Indianapolis 500

Juan Montoya has won his second Indianapolis 500 after trading the lead with Will Power and giving Team Penske its 16th victory in a gripping finish to America’s signature open wheel race.

With the lead changing seven times over the final 16 laps of 200, Montoya shot to the front with three laps remaining to deny Power an historic Australian triumph with Charlie Kimball finishing third ahead of Scott Dixon.

Montoya realised his second win in the Indy 500 15 years after lifting the Borg Warner trophy during his signature days with Chip Ganassi Racing.

The official margin crossing the line of bricks was .10s.

The Colombian had soared into contention by moving into second place on lap 130 after dropping to as low as 30th following the incident where he suffered rear wing damage after contact from Simona de Silvestro.

Juan Montoya flashes across the line of bricks to score his second Indy 500 win in a gripping finish from Will Power

Juan Montoya flashes across the line of bricks to score his second Indy 500 win in a gripping finish from Will Power

After the final restart Power held the lead from Montoya with Dixon, a factor for Chip Ganassi from the outset, looming in third.

Dixon and Power then swapped the lead four times before Montoya entered the fight against Power.

“Montoya got that nice run and maybe I was a bit nice to him and lifted into 1 and after that I got behind him and had a lot of push (understeer),” Power said who ordered more front downforce and less in the rear during his stop under caution with 30 laps remaining.

“That was some serious racing there. Full credit to the team finishing one-two.

“Congrats to Juan he was very strong all day and came through the field.”

“It sucks finishing second and I’ve done that a few times in the championship. It was a good race and we’ll move on.”

Montoya was lost for words after returning to victory lane in the second year of his comeback to IndyCar racing following spells in Formula 1 and NASCAR.

“This is what IndyCar racing is all about; awesome racing all the way down to the wire,” Montoya said.

Graham Rahal was fifth ahead of Marco Andretti, Helio Castroneves, JR Hildebrand, Josef Newgarden and the fourth Penske runner Simon Pagenaud who had appeared a winning threat until the closing laps.

Polesitter Dixon, who led the most laps of the race, said he had fought overheating problems in his Ganassi Chevrolet while still trying to remain in a position to win.

“We went through different ignition maps and had a lot going on and then every time I came to the apex of two and even four at the end there the front just wouldn’t hang on,” Dixon said.

Ryan Briscoe did a super job subbing for James Hinchcliffe to finish 12th, one position behind Sebastien Bourdais.

With 25 laps remaining Power swept into the lead before a multi-car crash brought out another yellow.

Jack Hawksworth appeared to make contact with the rear of Sebastian Saavedra with Stefano Coletti arriving late on the scene becoming momentarily airborne.

Earlier Tony Kanaan had suffered a heavy single-car shunt with less than 50 laps remaining at Turn 3 with the car snapping sideways after the Brazilian veteran requested a wing adjustment during his previous pit stop.

After the half-race distance pit stops Pagenaud led the way from Kanaan with Power holding solid in third.

Soon after Ed Carpenter and Oriol Servia crashed at Turn 1 after Carpenter pulled out of the draft late to dive down the inside of the Spaniard.

As the field cycled around under yellow from the ensuing clean up, a nasty pitlane incident saw James Davison released from his pit bay as two cars were coming down the pit lane.

Davison and Pippa Mann subsequently collided with the Australian then striking two crew members in the next box who were working on his Dale Coyne Racing team-mate Tristan Vautier’s entry.

One of the injured crew was transported to IU Methodist Hospital with a suspected ankle injury.

“Unfortunately I got sent out there the same time as Pippa was coming. All three Dale Coyne cars made contact,” Davison said who became the seventh retirement from the race.

“Fortunately I think we just took the feet away from under him (crew member) rather than run over him.

“I was making my way into the top 10 and hopefully I can comeback next year and try again.”

Sprintcar ace Bryan Clauson’s race ended on lap 65 after stepping out into the gray and paying the price with his machine slamming hard against the Safer barrier.

A crash seconds after the start saw Takuma Sato (AJ Foyt) and Sage Karam (Chip Ganassi) eliminated when the former tried to sneak around the outside.

With Karam punted into the wall Briscoe (Schmidt Peterson) was clipped by fellow Australian Davison (Dale Coyne Racing) as they were checking up.

The race did not see green action until lap 13 after a series of aborted green flag attempts.

VIDEO: Race Highlights

See below full results

1 Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 200
2 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 200 0.10s
3 Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 200 0.79s
4 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 200 1.02s
5 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 200 2.31s
6 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 200 2.53s
7 Helio Castroneves Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 200 2.78s
8 J.R. Hildebrand CFH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 200 3.56s
9 Josef Newgarden CFH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 200 4.02s
10 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 200 4.21s
11 Sebastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 200 5.30s
12 Ryan Briscoe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 200 5.66s
13 Takuma Sato AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 200 6.16s
14 Townsend Bell Dreyer and Reinbold Dallara/Chevrolet 200 8.50s
15 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 200 9.64s
16 Gabby Chaves Bryan Herta Autosport Dallara/Honda 200 10.10s
17 Alex Tagliani AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 200 11.21s
18 James Jakes Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 200 12.04s
19 Simona de Silvestro Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 200 12.73s
20 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 200 39.83s
21 Justin Wilson Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 199 1 Lap
22 Pippa Mann Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 197 3 Laps
23 Sebastian Saavedra Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 175 Contact
24 Jack Hawksworth AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Honda 175 Contact
25 Stefano Coletti KV Racing Technology Dallara/Chevrolet 175 Contact
26 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 151 Contact
27 James Davison Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 116 Mechanical
28 Tristan Vautier Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 116 Mechanical
29 Oriol Servia Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 112 Contact
30 Ed Carpenter CFH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 112 Contact
31 Bryan Clauson KVSH Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 61 Contact
32 Sage Karam Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 0 Contact
33 Conor Daly Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 0 Mechanical

IndyCar Series standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Juan Pablo Montoya 272
2 Will Power 247
3 Scott Dixon 211
4 Hélio Castroneves 206
5 Graham Rahal 204
6 Josef Newgarden 173
7 Sébastien Bourdais 161
8 Charlie Kimball 160
9 Marco Andretti 151
10 Tony Kanaan 147
11 Simon Pagenaud 142
12 Ryan Hunter-Reay 130
13 James Hinchcliffe 129
14 Carlos Muñoz 122
15 Takuma Sato 106
16 James Jakes 99
17 Gabby Chaves 99
18 Luca Filippi 85
19 Jack Hawksworth 76
20 Stefano Coletti 75
21 Simona de Silvestro 66
22 J.R. Hildebrand 57
23 Sebastian Saavedra 47
24 Sage Karam 45
25 Francesco Dracone 38
26 Ryan Briscoe 36
27 Townsend Bell 32
28 Carlos Huertas 31
29 Alex Tagliani 27
30 Justin Wilson 25
31 Conor Daly 23
32 Pippa Mann 16
33 Oriol Servià 10
33 Tristan Vautier 10
33 James Davison 10
33 Rodolfo González 10
33 Bryan Clauson 10
33 Ed Carpenter 10

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