On May 24, 2015, in the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500, Colombian driver Juan Pablo Montoya took the checkered flag. This is the second Indy 500 win for the Team Penske driver. His first victory was in 2000.
At around 12:42 p.m., Montoya went for a pit stop after his vehicle was slightly damaged. According to race announcers, a rear exterior panel on the car look like it was hanging off.
After increasing his lead slowly all day, at about 2:00 p.m., Montoya raced his way into third place around halfway through the 500-lap race. From their, he took a commanding position near the front of the pack until he went for first near the end of the race.
Montoya did not have his contract renewed from Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing after the 2013 racing season. Though, Montoya returned to Indy car racing full-time in 2014, signing with Team Penske, driving the No. 2 Dallara-Chevrolet.
The 39-year-old began his professional racing career in 2000. He won his debut race at the 84th running of the Indy 500 in 2000, ending the season as Rookie of the Year. Montoya won the Monaco Grand Prix in 2003 at just 28 years old.
In 2007, Montoya decided to join NASCAR to see if he would have the same success he enjoyed as a Formula One driver. In his first year, he took home the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Rookie of the Year.
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