(Steve Swope for Team Penske)
Team Penske’s Juan Pablo Montoya was absolutely over the moon after securing his first Indianapolis 500 victory since the year 2000.
Montoya in only his second season back in the Verizon IndyCar Series came through the field from 30th place to lead home a Team Penske 1-2 finish with defending Series champion Will Power ending the race in second place with Ganassi Racing’s Charlie Kimball finishing the race in third place.
Montoya returned to IndyCar following a spell in Formula One with Williams and McLaren before returning to America to team up once again with Chip Ganassi who he won his first Indianapolis 500 race with in the year 2000 except this time he was racing for Ganassi’s NASCAR team from 2007 after leaving the McLaren Formula One team in 2006 where he drove alongside current Scuderia Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen.
Speaking following his Indianapolis 500 victory, Montoya stated that he felt that this year’s win was tougher than his victory here in the year 2000. The Colombian won the 2000 event which was his debut Indianapolis 500 with Chip Ganassi Racing.
When discussing his victory on Sunday he said that it was ‘exciting’. Montoya heads to Verizon IndyCar double header at Belle Isle this weekend having attended his lead in the championship to 25 points over Penske team mate Will Power.
© Ben Johnston 2015