Juan Pablo Montoya drove his Team Penske Chevrolet to victory Sunday in the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Colombian scored his second Indy 500 win 15 years after winning the event as a rookie, setting a record for longest period of time between two Indy wins.

Sunday’s race also extended Roger Penske’s number of wins as a team owner to a whopping 16, a record that won’t be challenged anytime soon, given the next-best team has won the Indy 500 only five times. This was Penske’s first success at Indianapolis since 2009. Penske also joined Chip Ganassi as the only owners to win the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 in the same year.

Montoya had put on quite a show to win the race, recovering from the back of the grid. The Colombian started 15th but fell back to 30th place after his car’s rear wing was damaged during a caution period. With 15 laps to go after the final restart, Montoya had already engaged in a three-car thriller with teammate Will Power and Chip Ganassi driver Scott Dixon. The 39-year-old climbed into the lead with three laps left and took the checkered flag ahead of Power, reigning IndyCar Series champion, and Charlie Kimball. Pole sitter Scott Dixon, who led the race for 84 laps, finished fourth.

"This is what IndyCar is all about, awesome racing all the way down to the wire. I don’t even know what to say. This is too good. I had a good feeling all day. The car under me was awesome," said Montoya at the end of the race.

Continue reading for the full results.

2015 Indy 500 Top 10 drivers:

1.Juan Pablo Montoya (Team Penske Chevrolet)
2.Will Power (Team Penske Chevrolet)
3.Charlie Kimball (Chip Ganassi Chevrolet)
4.Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Chevrolet)
5.Graham Rahal (Steak ’n Shake Honda)
6.Marco Andretti (Snapple Honda)
7.Helio Castroneves (Team Penske Chevrolet)
8.JR Hildebrand (CFH Racing Chevrolet)
9.Josef Newgarden (CFH Racing Chevrolet)
10.Simon Pagenaud (Team Penske Chevrolet)

Following this win, Juan Pablo Montoya climbed atop the Driver Standing in the 2015 IndyCar Series with 272 points. The Colombian is followed by Will Power (247 points), and Scott Dixon (211 points). Helio Castroneves, who has yet to score a win in the first six events of the season, comes next in fourth with 206 points. Graham Rahal completes the top five with 204 points.

In the Manufacturer Standings, Honda leads Chevrolet 593 to 588 points. It’s important to note that Chevy had lost 260 points due to penalties, while Honda only 20.

The next event, the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit, is scheduled May 30th at Belle Isle.

Why it matters

When it comes to the Indy 500, expectations are always high. Fortunately, this year’s event didn’t disappoint, offering a memorable duel at the top and a fantastic comeback for Juan Pablo Montoya. The results also confirm Chevrolet has the better aerodynamics and engine combo. With this year’s Indy 500 already behind us, all we can do is wait for next year’s 100th running of the race and the huge anniversary party that will come with it.

Ciprian Florea
Senior Editor and Supercar Expert - ciprian@topspeed.com
Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read More
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