Defending Champ Montoya out of 100th Indy 500

By Adam Tate, Associate Editor

INDIANAPOLIS – 2015 Indy 500 Champion Juan Pablo Montoya has crashed out of the 100th Indianapolis 500.

On lap 64 Montoya suddenly and uncharacteristically lost control in turn 2, spinning and making contact with the wall, bringing out a yellow.

“Yeah, I am okay. People do a lot of dumb things on a restart and we were just being careful, trying to make up some ground. The car was really good and it felt okay. I went into two and got a big push and I got out of the gas and it just came around.” said a disappointed Montoya who felt his Penske was just coming into its own around the speedway.

“When the clouds came over, that is when my car came to life and that was what we were hoping for. I am just disappointed because our Verizon Chevy was pretty good. Just a tough day.”

Montoya emerged unscathed from the relatively minor accident, but his day and his chances of becoming the first back to back Indy 500 champion since Helio Castroneves in 2001 and 2002 are both over.

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Associate Editor of Motorsports Tribune and jack of all trades, Adam is our resident Formula 1 expert. He has covered F1, IndyCar, WEC, IMSA, NASCAR, PWC and more. His work has been featured on multiple outlets including AutoWeek and A MT Co-founder, Adam has been with us since the beginning when he and Joey created Tribute Racing back in 2012. When not at the track or writing about cars, Adam can be found enjoying the Oregon back roads in his GTI.

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