The mercurial Juan Pablo Montoya captured his second career victory at the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday—last winning the iconic race 15 years ago.
The vastly experienced Colombian racing driver battled his way from 30th position at one point, fighting through the field to finish at the summit of the mountain.
Will Power and Charlie Kimball made up the top three places, as Montoya took the plaudits.
Here are the final results for the top drivers at the 99th Indy 500, including positions and finishing times:
|Indy 500 2015: Finishing Times and Results For Top Drivers|
|1||Juan Pablo Montoya||2||Chevrolet||3:05:56.5286|
And here are the current IndyCar Series standings:
|2015 IndyCar Series Driver Standings|
|Rank||Driver||Points||Wins||Top 5||Top 10|
|1||Juan Pablo Montoya||221||1||4||4|
Magical Montoya Picks Off Field
The life and times of Juan Pablo Montoya are well documented with his stints in Formula One, NASCAR and IndyCar, but on Sunday the maestro rolled back the years and produced a performance for the ages, finishing victorious at the Indy 500.
The kingpin picked apart the field meticulously as the race suffered from a series of crashes, with a bump pushing Montoya back to 30th position in the pack after being forced to pit.
The accidents and crashes began as early as the first lap when Takuma Sato and Sage Karam collided, sliding down the wall:
Bryan Clauson also met a dangerous end when he lost control and hit the wall, as did the highly popular Tony Kanaan, in a separate incident.
However, the shock of the day came when Jack Hawksworth, Sebastian Saavedra and Stefano Coletti were involved in an enormous crash, forcing the race to be halted—with Saavedra having to be assisted from his wreck.
But from the restart, it was Montoya who took the initiative while Power, Kimball and Scott Dixon battled for the lead.
The Colombian showed skill and versatility as he methodically came through the field, driving the race to perfection.
The final laps of the race were some of the most exciting motor racing in the world this year, as the leading contingent duelled and battled.
And it was Montoya who reigned supreme, making it a huge day for Team Penske, with Power finishing in second place.
Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart was delighted with the result and proud of his friend Montoya:
Montoya has always been a very able driver—in the sense of bumper-to-bumper racing—but on Sunday he excelled, picking up the biggest victory of his distinguished career.
The 39-year-old proved he has the temperament to face adversity in a race he wasn't fancied to win, but he displayed why he is so popular with global motorsports fans.
Montoya leads the IndyCar standings, but he will be aware of the brilliance of Power, who once again showed at the Indy 500 why he is one of the best at this form of racing.