No. 798,
May 27, 2015

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The Line


MAY 27, 2015

(Photo by Walter Kuhn/IMS)
Race day dawns at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

(Photo by Dana Garrett/IMS)
Jeff Gordon speaks with Dario Franchitti before the race. Gordon drove the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 pace car to pace the field at the start of the race before heading to Charlotte to compete in the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Sprint Cup race.

(Photo by Mike Harding/IMS)
Juan Pablo Montoya (No. 2 Team Penske Verizon Chevrolet) leads Townsend Bell (No. 24 Dreyer & Reinbold The Robert Graham Special Chevrolet) on Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Montoya, who qualified 15th, dropped to 30th early in the race after being hit from behind while the race was under caution, requiring a rear wing change. He then overshot his pit box on a Lap 95 stop, which cost precious seconds. Montoya then barged his way up to third by Lap 102 and remained in the top five from then on. (See more coverage from Indianapolis in "Fumes" -WG)

(Photo by Mike Harding/IMS)
Will Power (No. 1 Team Penske Verizon Chevrolet) was two-tenths of a second behind Montoya entering the white-flag lap, but couldn't get it done. Still, it was an excellent day for the Australian nonetheless. Helio Castroneves (No. 3 Team Penske Shell V-Power Nitro+ Chevrolet) was unable to get it going during the race, finishing seventh.

(Photo by Jim Haines/IMS)
Charlie Kimball (No. 83 Chip Ganassi Racing Novo Nordisk Chevrolet) gets service from his Ganassi Racing crew. He finished 0.7950 of a second back in third - a career best in five Indy 500 starts - after starting 14th.

(Photo by Mike Harding/IMS)
Scott Dixon (No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing Target Chevrolet) led a race-high 84 laps and seemingly could lead at will, but he finished 1.0292 seconds back in fourth place after encountering aero-handling issues. Simon Pagenaud (No. 22 Team Penske AVAYA Chevrolet) looked like a strong contender at The Speedway all day. “The car was amazing," Pagenaud commented. "I thank Team Penske. It was a great day. The Avaya crew was on it, fantastic pit stops. What a race – we led, we were just cruising behind Dixon, saving fuel. At Lap 170, we knocked our front wing on Dixon and we had to come back in and we were last. We came back up to 10th in 10 laps. That just shows you how good the car was. I’m disappointed, too, but I’m really happy for Juan Pablo and Team Penske."

(Photo by Mark Reed/IndyCar)
Graham Rahal had an excellent run up to fifth after starting 17th in the No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Steak 'n Shake Honda, making him the top Honda-powered finisher.

(Photo by Joe Skibinski/IndyCar)
Juan Pablo Montoya celebrates with Roger Penske after winning the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500. This just in: Winning the biggest race in the world never gets old for Penske.

(Photo by Jim Haines/IMS)
Arie Luyendyk donned a wig to replicate himself back in the 90s for the pre-race festivities, while Dario Franchitti dressed in-period as a tribute to Jim Clark (see below).

(Photo by Eric Anderson/IMS)
Dario Franchitti drove Jim Clark's 1965 Indianapolis 500 race-winning Lotus "Powered by" Ford during the pre-race parade at The Speedway on Sunday. Does it get any better?

(Photo by Dana Garrett/IMS)
David Letterman enjoyed another race day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and a good run by Graham Rahal.

(Photo by Chris Jones/IndyCar)
Then there were the Steak 'n Shake/Maxim Girls.

(Photo by Jason Porter/IMS)
For Juan Pablo and his family it was the very best day.

The Indianapolis 500 is "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" and the single most important motor race in the world for a lot of reasons, but the cash the race pays out certainly doesn't hurt. Here are the top-ten finishers with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and money earned:
1. (15) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 200, Running, $2,449,055
2. (2) Will Power, Chevrolet, 200, Running, $792,555
3. (14) Charlie Kimball, Chevrolet, 200, Running, $564,055
4. (1) Scott Dixon, Chevrolet, 200, Running, $615,805
5. (17) Graham Rahal, Honda, 200, Running, $439.555
6. (8) Marco Andretti, Honda, 200, Running, $412,055
7. (5) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 200, Running, $482,555
8. (10) JR Hildebrand, Chevrolet, 200, Running, $246,805
9. (9) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 200, Running, $382,055
10. (3) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 200, Running, $307,805

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Volkswagen scored a triumphant one-two-three sweep in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) event in Portugal. Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (No. 2 Volkswagen Polo R WRC) finished first ahead of their teammates Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (No. 1 Volkswagen Polo R WRC) and Andreas Mikkelsen/Ola Fløene (No. ( Volkswagen Polo R WRC) in Rally Portugal.