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    Juan Pablo Montoya Holds Off Will Power By Narrowest Of Margins To Win 2015 Indy 500

    In a thrilling dogfight that occured in the closing laps of the 2015 Indy 500, Juan Pablo Montoya, Scott Dixon, and Will Power were in a heated three way battle for 1st place. But in the end Montoya managed to hold off Will Power by a mere 0.146 of a second to claim victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway while also helping to secure a 1-4 showing for Team Chevrolet at the iconic racing circuit setting the stage for next weekends Detroit Grand Prix.

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    Re: Juan Pablo Montoya Holds Off Will Power By Narrowest Of Margins To Win 2015 Indy

    Talked about this briefly in the NASCAR thread:

    https://www.gminsidenews.com/forums/f...ml#post5103961

    Really great performance and well-deserved win after his return to Indy. Coming all the way from 30 to 1 is impressive.

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    As well as Belle Isle Will be there Friday Saturday And Sunday live so pumped )))))
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    Re: Juan Pablo Montoya Holds Off Will Power By Narrowest Of Margins To Win 2015 Indy

    As usual Chevrolet gets nothing not even a mention in the story. Penske is the car, not Chevrolet

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    Re: Juan Pablo Montoya Holds Off Will Power By Narrowest Of Margins To Win 2015 Indy

    Quote Originally Posted by mbukukanyau View Post
    As usual Chevrolet gets nothing not even a mention in the story. Penske is the car, not Chevrolet
    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, and Montoya is the 11th different winner for Team Penske.

    "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.

    “I think we generally had a pretty good restart there," Dixon said. "I was just trying to pace it. When I really needed to go, I just couldn’t turn the car. We were fighting a little bit with the car overheating, so we were trying to go over different ignition maps. There was definitely a lot going on. As the laps were counting down I was trying to make something happen.

    "I’m real proud of the Team Target guys. They did a good job all month but unfortunately we came away with fourth.”

    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.
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    Re: Juan Pablo Montoya Holds Off Will Power By Narrowest Of Margins To Win 2015 Indy

    Footnotes at the end. You'd think he walked to victory with Roger Penske

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    Re: Juan Pablo Montoya Holds Off Will Power By Narrowest Of Margins To Win 2015 Indy

    It was quite the race, complete with a huge crash near the end.


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    Re: Juan Pablo Montoya Holds Off Will Power By Narrowest Of Margins To Win 2015 Indy

    it was a great race, I just hate that its always on Tape delay here in INDY, I guess they want to make you go to the race, but for me auto racing is more exciting to watch on TV, its weird because on the other hand Baseball is boring on TV, but great in person.
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    Re: Juan Pablo Montoya Holds Off Will Power By Narrowest Of Margins To Win 2015 Indy

    I wonder if Juan Pablo is comfortable in an open wheel car yet? He should never ever have gone to f1 and NASCAR did serious damage to the number of wins he would've had. But there was no money in cart at the time and I understand why he did it.

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    Re: Juan Pablo Montoya Holds Off Will Power By Narrowest Of Margins To Win 2015 Indy

    Quote Originally Posted by mbukukanyau View Post
    Footnotes at the end. You'd think he walked to victory with Roger Penske
    Roger Penske is the team owner. They typically thank the team owner more so than the manufacture in motorsports.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisGinNC View Post
    Roger Penske is the team owner. They typically thank the team owner more so than the manufacture in motorsports.
    Whats the point of Chevrolet being involved if they are just not getting the credit from it? If you watch F1, the auto manufacturers get the pride of place.

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    Re: Juan Pablo Montoya Holds Off Will Power By Narrowest Of Margins To Win 2015 Indy

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    Whats the point of Chevrolet being involved if they are just not getting the credit from it? If you watch F1, the auto manufacturers get the pride of place.
    Aren't most of the F1 teams also run by the manufactures, not an independent owner?

    They mentioned Chevrolet's dominance a bunch on Television, JPM has a great big Chevrolet bowtie on his drivers suit and the car itself. The point of Chevrolet and all the other manufactures being involved in racing is for advertising. Chevy doesn't build the car, they supply engines and technical expertise, but Penske puts the vehicles together.

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    Re: Juan Pablo Montoya Holds Off Will Power By Narrowest Of Margins To Win 2015 Indy

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisGinNC View Post
    Aren't most of the F1 teams also run by the manufactures, not an independent owner?

    They mentioned Chevrolet's dominance a bunch on Television, JPM has a great big Chevrolet bowtie on his drivers suit and the car itself. The point of Chevrolet and all the other manufactures being involved in racing is for advertising. Chevy doesn't build the car, they supply engines and technical expertise, but Penske puts the vehicles together.

    I get all that. the issue is if this is worth it for Chevrolet or Honda.

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    Re: Juan Pablo Montoya Holds Off Will Power By Narrowest Of Margins To Win 2015 Indy

    Quote Originally Posted by mbukukanyau View Post
    I get all that. the issue is if this is worth it for Chevrolet or Honda.
    Obviously GM thinks it is. They left CART/IRL in the early 00's, but decided to come back a few years ago (2011, I believe).
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    Re: Juan Pablo Montoya Holds Off Will Power By Narrowest Of Margins To Win 2015 Indy

    Ilmore develops the engines, Chevy pays the bills, Penske puts it all together with the team to put it on the track. The engine is no more Chevy than the Cosworth Fords were Fords. At least the original Ford Indy V8 program began with a block from a Ford engine. But it too was eventually replaced by the Cosworth in CART.

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