Montoya Makes Good On IOU To Roger Penske
Juan Pablo Montoya put Roger Penske back in Victory Circle at Indy on Sunday. (File photo courtesy of INDYCAR)
Mike Harris | Senior Writer
INDIANAPOLIS – Juan Pablo Montoya repaid team owner Roger Penske for believing in him with a victory Sunday in the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Montoya won the 500 as a rookie in 2000 while driving for Penske rival Chip Ganassi. But the Colombian driver then left IndyCar racing, first for Formula One and then NASCAR.
Now, 15 years later, he is again the Indy champion, this time extending Penske’s record for wins in what many consider the biggest race in the world to a mind-boggling 16.
But it wasn’t an easy win as Montoya had to overcome an accident near the beginning of the race and a misstep in the pits as well as outdueling teammate Will Power and Ganassi driver Scott Dixon over the last 100 laps.
“Roger and this team, they gave me a chance a year ago and I’m glad I’m proving them right,’’ Montoya said. “This one we had to work for really hard. It’s exciting. We made a couple of mistakes early, but we got our composure back.’’
“It was fun,’’ Montoya said. “These guys at Team Penske did an amazing job. When I came through the field, I knew I had a good car. The fight there at the Read the full story »