Number Juan: Montoya Wins 99th Indy 500

Juan Pablo Montoya drove his Penske to victory lane in what was a spectacular running of the 99th Indianapolis 500. After the controversy leading up the race, the former F1 driver and winner of this race managed to bag his second win starting from last place.

The Columbian managed to work his way through the field, eventually getting into a race-winning position by lap 186 which is when we had the final restart, after a caution was brought out due to a massive shunt between Sebastian Saavedra, Stefano Coletti, and Jack Hawksworth.

As they restarted Charlie Kimball lead from Will Power, Scott Dixon, and Montoya, with the Penske drivers managing to get past Kimball for a closing duel with Chap-Ganassi. After Dixon lost momentum coming out of turn two, that allowed both Penske drivers to capitalise, and with just two laps to go Montoya made the move for the win on Power around the outside of turn one.

Power didn’t have the same amount of downforce as Montoya having got rid of this during the final pitstop phase, which meant that he wasn’t able to get into the draft for a last minute overtake. The result was his teammate taking the win by 0.1046 seconds at the chequered flag, and drinking the illustrious milk in victory lane in what was the best comeback drives to date.

Dixon and Kimball managed their best Indy 500 positions in P3 and P4, as did Josef Newgarden in P9. Defending champion Ryan Hunter-Reay could only manage P16 in what was a struggle for the Andretti Autosport driver. Marco Andretti had a better afternoon, managing to get into the top ten in the final stint after an aggressive last couple of laps during the restarts.

We ended up having six cautions during the race, the first of which was on the opening lap after Sage Karem collided with Takuma Sato into turn one. We later saw Bryan Clauson hit the wall at turn four after running too wide to let go of the faster cars, with Tony Kanaan losing the backend of his car after a downforce change and slamming into the wall. We also had a caution for debris in the closing stages, before that massive three-car shunt with twenty laps to go.

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