2015 Indianapolis 500
2015 Indianapolis 500
Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Indianapolis, IN
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
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2015 Indianapolis 500
24May
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Oval)
About the track

With four corners banked at 9 degrees, 12 minutes, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway drives more like a road course than an oval. But each of the corners is different, with weather influencing the car's characteristics. The straightaways are 5/8ths of a mile long -- time to catch your breath and dive into the next corner.

Race Review

Juan Pablo Montoya often has said that his three Team Penske teammates pose the most formidable competition in the Verizon IndyCar Series.

In the closing laps of the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, that proved to be the case.

Montoya, who won the race 15 years earlier in his first start, held off reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion and teammate Will Power by .1046 of a second -- the fourth-closest finish in race history -- in a thrilling battle over the final 15 laps that also included pole sitter and 2008 race winner Scott Dixon. Five of the 37 lead changes occurred in those 15 laps following a restart, with Montoya overtaking Dixon in Turn 1 for second place and Power in Turn 4 to lead Lap 197 by .0420 of a second.

"It was awesome," said Montoya, 39, of Colombia, after placing the winner's wreath around his neck and letting the milk dribble down his chin. "This is what racing in Indy car is all about, racing down to the wire. These guys, Team Penske, did an amazing job. I had the feeling that I had a really good car, but that fight at the end was really, really hard. All the way down to the wire. This is pretty awesome.”

The victory extended Roger Penske's record of Indy 500 victories to 16.

"You give that guy the bit and put it in his mouth and he doesn’t give up," said Penske, the race strategist for three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves. "It’s a great day for Team Penske. I knew we had two up there, but the worry was Dixon and the 83 (Charlie Kimball). At the end of the day, they played fair. Good passing and we won the race.”

Montoya finished fifth last May in his return to the Indy 500 after a 13-year absence in which he won races in Formula One and NASCAR competition, and he is the first multiple winner in six races this season. He won the opener on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., and extended his points lead over Power to 25 heading into the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit Presented by Quicken Loans doubleheader May 30-31.

Montoya, who started 15th in the No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, fell to 30th early in the race after being hit from behind while under caution, which necessitated a pit stop to change out the rear wing assembly. He then overshot his pit box on Lap 95, which cost precious seconds. Montoya worked his way up to third by Lap 102 and remained in the top five to challenge for the win.

Power was two-tenths of a second behind Montoya entering the white flag lap, but couldn't make a dramatic last-turn pass.

"I just had too much push when he got by," Power said. "I had to lift on that last lap.He was definitely better when he got behind me. That's why he got the run. Anywhere else I'd be happy with second. But here ...

"It was a great month overall -- first, first and second, second."

Power won the Angie's List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 9 from the pole and started second on the oval in the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet.

Kimball was .7950 of a second back in third -- a career best in five Indy 500 starts -- after starting 14th in the No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet. Dixon, who led a field-high 84 laps, was 1.0292 seconds arrears in fourth place in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet. Graham Rahal, who started 17th in the No. 15 Steak 'n Shake Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, finished fifth.

Marco Andretti, Castroneves, JR Hildebrand, Josef Newgarden and front-row starter Simon Pagenaud completed the top 10 that includes five Americans on this Memorial Day weekend.

 

Top Three Positions
1st
Juan Pablo Montoya
Team Penske
2st
Will Power
Team Penske
3st
Charlie Kimball
Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing
Past track winners
Takuma Sato / 2017
Alexander Rossi / 2016
Juan Pablo Montoya / 2015
Ryan Hunter-Reay / 2014
Tony Kanaan / 2013
Dario Franchitti / 2012
Dan Wheldon / 2011
Dario Franchitti / 2010
Helio Castroneves / 2009
Scott Dixon / 2008
Dario Franchitti / 2007
Sam Hornish, Jr. / 2006
Dan Wheldon / 2005
Buddy Rice / 2004
Gil de Ferran / 2003
Helio Castroneves / 2002
Helio Castroneves / 2001
Juan Pablo Montoya / 2000
Kenny Brack / 1999
Eddie Cheever, Jr. / 1998
Arie Luyendyk / 1997
Buddy Lazier / 1996
Jacques Villeneuve / 1995
Al Unser, Jr. / 1994
Emerson Fittipaldi / 1993
Al Unser, Jr. / 1992
Rick Mears / 1991
Arie Luyendyk / 1990
Emerson Fittipaldi / 1989
Rick Mears / 1988
Al Unser / 1987
Bobby Rahal / 1986
Danny Sullivan / 1985
Rick Mears / 1984
Tom Sneva / 1983
Gordon Johncock / 1982
Bobby Unser / 1981
Johnny Rutherford / 1980
Rick Mears / 1979
Al Unser / 1978
A.J. Foyt / 1977
Johnny Rutherford / 1976
Bobby Unser / 1975
Johnny Rutherford / 1974
Gordon Johncock / 1973
Mark Donohue / 1972
Al Unser / 1971
Al Unser / 1970
Mario Andretti / 1969
Bobby Unser / 1968
A.J. Foyt / 1967
Graham Hill / 1966
Jim Clark / 1965
A.J. Foyt / 1964
Parnelli Jones / 1963
Rodger Ward / 1962
A.J. Foyt / 1961
Jim Rathmann / 1960
Rodger Ward / 1959
Jimmy Bryan / 1958
Sam Hanks / 1957
Pat Flaherty / 1956
Bob Sweikert / 1955
Bill Vukovich / 1954
Bill Vukovich / 1953
Troy Ruttman / 1952
Lee Wallard / 1951
Johnnie Parsons / 1950
Bill Holland / 1949
Mauri Rose / 1948
Mauri Rose / 1947
George Robson / 1946
NO RACE - WWII / 1945
NO RACE - WWII / 1944
NO RACE - WWII / 1943
NO RACE - WWII / 1942
Floyd Davis & Mauri Rose / 1941
Wilbur Shaw / 1940
Wilbur Shaw / 1939
Floyd Roberts / 1938
Wilber Shaw / 1937
Louis Meyer / 1936
Kelly Petillo / 1935
Bill Cummings / 1934
Louis Meyer / 1933
Fred Frame / 1932
Louis Schneider / 1931
Billy Arnold / 1930
Ray Keech / 1929
Louis Meyer / 1928
George Souders / 1927
Frank Lockhart / 1926
Peter DePaolo / 1925
Lora Corum & Joe Boyer / 1924
Tommy Milton / 1923
Jimmy Murphy / 1922
Tommy Milton / 1921
Gaston Chevrolet / 1920
Howdy Wilcox / 1919
NO RACE - WWI / 1918
NO RACE - WWI / 1917
Dario Resta / 1916
Ralph DePalma / 1915
Rene Thomas / 1914
Jules Goux / 1913
Joe Dawson / 1912
Ray Harroun / 1911