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  • David Phillips
    Editor And Chief
    David Phillips is a long-time contributor to print and electronic publications in the U.S. and abroad, including Racer, Autosport, AutoWeek, Motor Sport and SPEEDtv.com, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for inRacingNews.com.
  • Wil Vincent
    Contributing writer

    Wil is a 25 year old student, town planner, and sim racing commentator, most well known for his work as the lead commentator for GlacierTV. Wil got into commentating through his college student radio, where he also worked as a journalist and interviewer, covering gigs and festivals within the UK, and joined GlacierTV in February 2012, becoming lead commentator a month later. His work culminated in him commentating on the 2013 iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series, iRacing Indy 500, and iRacing All Star Race. When he gets in the virtual cockpit, you'll normally see will taking on the thrill of IndyCar Oval racing, or trying his hand in GT action

    Outside of iRacing, Wil's an avid IndyCar fan, having watched the sport since the late 1990s, and always looks forward to the Month of May. He also enjoys watching NASCAR, Formula 1, and V8 Supercars.

  • Jeff Jacobs
    Contributor

    Jeff Jacobs started autocrossing with the SCCA in 1990 while a student at the University of Florida. He has competed in the SCCA's National Tour and ProSolo series since 1995, winning a ProSolo National Championship in H-Stock in 2011 driving a 2010 MINI Cooper. Jeff completed his SCCA Club Racing drivers' school in 2012 at Roebling Road in a Spec Miata. He currently writes a column for the SCCA's Northeast Division in SportsCar Magazine and is the Region Executive of the Philadelphia Region SCCA.

    Jeff joined iRacing in October 2012. After starting with the MX-5 and SRF cars, he has been concentrating on the Ford Mustang FR500S, competing in the iRacing.com Mustang Cup series and the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series.

  • Cam Stark
    contributing writer

    I began taking sim racing seriously about a year ago, but have loved motorsports from a young age. I began following Formula One first, then realized there are a huge variety of motorsports to watch. iRacing has opened my eyes even more to the diversity and volume of “real world” motorsports, let alone on the sim itself. With the huge varieties of series to choose from, you're spoiled for choice!

    Ever since I began iRacing, I wanted to improve on my ability, be it road or oval. Having not really heard about oval racing prior to November last year (blame the UK press), my mentality towards it has totally changed from what it would have initially been - it's awesome! I recently began road racing again - in the Star Mazda - and have been having a blast ever since. On top of racing the series I have the privilege of writing the articles for iRacing News.

    In all honesty I have surprised myself on iRacing. From being a fairly casual gamer/racer, it's been a world of difference, but it has far exceeded my expectations. I had a very brief stint driving in rFactor leagues, but I found my place of sim racing on this service, and I can't see myself stopping anytime soon.

  • Justin Sutton
    series contributor

    Justin is 29 and lives in Texas with his girlfriend and three dogs. Although always a fan of road racing growing up, Sutton never got the chance to participate in Sim-Racing until 2012 and didn't join iRacing until 2013. The son of a writer, and former resident of Connecticut and Philadelphia, his interests vary. Currently Sutton is a co-owner of YouTube channel focused on racing games and simulators and more specifically Formula One along with his partner Mikko from Finland (BoxBoxBoxGaming). Currently Sutton writes the Skip Barber F2000 and Lotus 49 articles (and the occasional F1 article) for iRacing News, and doesn't get nearly enough time to race the cars he writes about.

    Gaming is a big part of Sutton's life as well as he is both viewer and broadcaster on Twitch along with his girlfriend of seven years. In addition to being an aspiring writer he is a skilled speaker with a focus on commentary of races and hopes one day to do commentary for road racing of some kind.

  • Matt Holden
    Contributor

    Matt Holden began his involvement in motorsports at an early age, moving to Charlotte, NC when he was 6 months old. Growing up next door to a NASCAR TV personality, racing has always been a major part of his life. Currently studying Mechanical Engineering at UNC Charlotte, Matt works for US Legend Cars International as a technical inspector and race official at local tracks such as Charlotte Motor Speedway and Concord Speedway. Within iRacing, Matt is the Crew Chief for Gale Force Racing's #05 car in the NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series, as well as Chassis Engineer for the team's R&D program.

  • Paul Slavonik
    iRacingNews Series Writer

    For all intents and purposes, Paul Slavonik was a late-bloomer to racing. Growing up watching NASCAR drivers such as Davey Allison and Earnhardt Sr. was the furthest extent of Paul’s racing aspirations at the time. Fast forwarding 20 years, Paul began watching the UK show Top Gear and thus ensued a fascination with all things fast. Soon after, Paul stumbled upon iRacing.com and has been hooked on racing ever since.
    A United States Army Veteran, Certified Audio Engineer and aspiring author, Paul spends his time hanging out with his wife and working on his first book. Currently residing in Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), TX, his favorite racing series is the Australian V8 Supercars (go FPR!) and he has recently joined a local ChumpCar racing team. Paul began writing news stories for iRacingNews in January of 2014 and currently covers the GT3 Challenge Series and the V8 Supercars Series.

  • Thiago Izequiel
    Contributor

    Born in 1985 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Thiago Izequiel is a graphic and web designer, go kart racer, aiming to get a career in motorsports. He started racing in 2007 and joined iRacing in 2010. Thiago lives in Maricá, a little town located in Rio de Janeiro state, around 60km far away from Rio de Janeiro city. In 2014 he started to write for iRacing News and also started to design layouts for racing cars.

    Working as a freelancer today, he started working as a designer in 2006. After a few years working in web design agencies, Thiago decided to follow his dreams and quit his job to work with a racing driver named Suzane Carvalho in 2011, on her driver's school. Things didn't worked out as expected and Thiago, after getting jobs as a front-end developer and social media content developer, went back to the dream path as a freelancer so he could have more time to focus on his driving career.

  • David Moulthrop
    NASCAR Contributor

    David Moulthrop is an award winning motorsports photo journalist and has covered auto racing since the mid-seventies. While he is most well known for his NASCARimages he has also covered F1, American Road Racing, and IndyCar on a regular basis. He has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and online news sites including, National Speed Sport News, Area Auto Racing News, Auto Racing USA, Stock Car Magazine, Sprint Cup Dateline, and Jayski. David joined the iRacing team in 2004 as a contract photographer and became iRacing's Laser Scan Project Manager in 2005.

  • Jack Davidson
    Staff Videographer

    Jack is a recent grad from Boston University with a passion for filmmaking as well as racing. He grew up playing games such as the Need For Speed series, Gran Turismo, and more recently, the GRID and DIRT franchises.

  • Jason Lofing
    iRacing.com Series Writer
    Jason is 21 years old and was born and raised in Elk Grove. California. A big time NASCAR fan, he hasn’t missed a race on Sunday in years. Lofing is also a huge San Fransisco Giants fan and tries to take in at least a couple games a year. Other than sim racing, his biggest (and far more expensive!) hobby is photography. Although he is rather new to sim racing, Lofing has already accomplished some pretty impressive results, qualifying for the 2011 iRacing Oval Pro Series in Season 1, 2011, winning the inaugural Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge and finishing runner-up in the second one.
  • Katier Scott
    Contributing Writer
    I am a veteran sim racer who first started racing way back in 1993 on the SPRTSIMS section of Compuserve with a league who can trace themselves all the way to the present. Within that league I act as Chief Steward and try to bring the unique viewpoint that this experience gives me into my articles.
    I have a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Editorial design and have been writing for seven years and currently cover the Lotus 79 CTC and Radical series alongside my freelance work. Living in the UK, as well as motorsports I love Photography, Arts and Crafts and reading.
  • David Ifeguni
    Contributing Writer
    I was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1988 and moved to Midland, Michigan when I was two years old. I stayed there until third grade when I moved to Farmington Hills, Michigan and now I currently live in Naperville, IL where I'm attending Metea Valley High School as a 9th grader. In the past, I have participated in soccer and this year I plan on joining swimming or water polo. My family includes my 15 year old sister, a 7 year old sister and my mom and dad. I have been writing since 6th grade and have participated in many writing contests in my school and have received several awards for writing.
    My fascination for motorsports began when I was nine. The first NASCAR race I watched on TV was the 2009 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, won by Kasey Kahne. My favorite NASCAR drivers are Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Jimmie Johnson. I have watched all the races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series since 2010. I currently have three wins on iRacing, two of them in the Nationwide car at Daytona and one in the Street stocks at Charlotte. My favorite car and type of track on iRacing is the Nationwide Series (B Class) car and superspeedways.

Iannone battling another injury

May 26th, 2015

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Ducati MotoGP rider Andrea Iannone has discovered a further arm injury following his recent testing crash, but is committed to racing in this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix at Mugello. Iannone crashed at the Italian track during a test on the eve of the recent Le Mans race and was immediately diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder. Despite this, he finished fifth in the French GP that weekend following a huge battle with Marc Marquez. He has now revealed that further checks undercovered a fracture to the tip of the humerus in his left arm. “On Sunday I will race at Mugello but it’s going to be difficult for me to be 100 per cent fit,” said Iannone. “A couple of days ago I stopped taking painkillers and yesterday I did an [...]

Daly to replace injured Hinchcliffe

May 26th, 2015

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Conor Daly will replace the injured James Hinchcliffe in Schmidt Peterson Motorsport’s #5 entry at this weekend’s IndyCar double-header in Detroit. Daly drove a third Schmidt entry at last weekend’s Indy 500, although he failed to take the start after his car suffered a fuel leak and fire during the installation laps. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to fill in for my close friend James this weekend,” said Daly. “I can’t wait to continue working with the Schmidt Peterson guys and do the best job I can to keep James’ seat warm.” Daly was part of Schmidt’s Indy Lights line-up in 2011, and team owner Sam Schmidt said that he was pleased to continue the association. “He was leading the [Lights] championship when he left for Europe to race [...]

Crowdfunding key to Bushell return

May 26th, 2015

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Mike Bushell says he would not have been able to return to the British Touring Car Championship grid without the financial support pledged by fans following his accident at Thruxton. The championship rookie missed the three races in Hampshire earlier this month after a high-speed collision in qualifying left him with severe ligament injuries and a substantially damaged Ford Focus. Bushell was exiting the pitlane as Simon Belcher rounded Allard to start a flying lap, and the two made contact and speared into the barrier on the outside. The Renault UK Clio Cup champion’s return was originally in jeopardy because of his injuries, which reignited a concern over his heart following a bout of pneumonia pre-season, and the rebuild job facing his AmD Tuning team. But the 25-year-old has been [...]

Mercedes overhaul is ‘paying off’

May 26th, 2015

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Paul di Resta believes that Mercedes’ massive overhaul is paying off, as they head to this weekend’s second round of the DTM season with podiums already on the board. After three seasons in Formula 1 with Force India, the 2010 champion returned to the series last year, finishing 15th in the standings with three fourth­-places his best results as Mercedes struggled. This time last year Mercedes had failed to pick up a single point after the opening round. A massive restructure then began mid-­year, with a rehomologated C-­Coupe introduced late in the season. Mercedes didn’t claim a dry­weather podium in 2014, but Pascal Wehrlein took second and di Resta third in the opening race of the new campaign at Hockenheim earlier this month, before Gary Paffett finished third in the [...]

FIA to get stricter on flexi-wings

May 26th, 2015

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Formula 1 governing body the FIA intends to introduce stricter tests on front wing designs in an effort to prevent teams breaking the rules, AUTOSPORT has learned. F1 rules expressly forbid moving aerodynamic parts, and under Article 3.17.8 of F1′s technical regulations, the FIA “reserves the right to introduce further load/deflection tests on any part of the bodywork which appears to be (or is suspected of), moving whilst the car is in motion”. In a fresh clampdown on so-called ‘flexi-wings’ the FIA has sent a technical directive to all teams, seen by AUTOSPORT, which lays out plans to introduce a new front wing loading test focusing on the flaps. The technical directive states: “FIA intends to introduce a further load/deflection test on parts of the bodywork forward of the front [...]

No action over de Villota accident

May 26th, 2015

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An investigation into Maria de Villota’s accident when testing a Marussia Formula 1 car in 2012 has concluded no action will be taken against the parties involved. De Villota crashed into an articulated trailer while carrying out a straightline test for Marussia at Duxford Aerodrome. She lost her right eye but was able to make a full recovery from her other injuries. De Villota died in October 2013, aged 33. Soon after the incident, Marussia ruled out a problem with its car as the cause following its own in-depth investigation. And the Health and Safety Executive, whose remit is to investigate incidents where someone has been injured as a result of a work activity, has now concluded its own enquiry. “The investigation into the incident has now concluded and no [...]

Austin joins Coventry Ring Road demo

May 26th, 2015

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British Touring Car Championship race winner Rob Austin will demonstrate his Audi A4 on the Coventry Ring Road this weekend as part of a fledgling motorsport festival. The organisers of Coventry MotoFest have worked with the British Automobile Racing Club and the local council to create a circuit that will use part of the city’s A4053. Austin’s BTCC Audi will take part in the demonstrations in addition to cars from the Renault UK Clio Cup, the 1963 gas turbine-powered Rover-BRM Le Mans prototype, drift and rallycross machinery. “What a fantastic event – as soon as I was invited I jumped at the chance,” said Austin. “Who wouldn’t want to run their touring car at an event like this? “We all remember the BTCC street races at the old Birmingham Super [...]

Red Bull considers taking penalties

May 26th, 2015

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The Red Bull Formula 1 team will this week consider whether to take its first engine penalty of the season in the upcoming Canadian Grand Prix. The four-time world champion team suffered a number of failures with its Renault power unit in the opening five races leaving Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat on the fourth and final engine of their allocation with 13 races to go. Both drivers got through the Monaco Grand Prix weekend without any failures and the team achieved its best result of the season, with Kvyat and Ricciardo fourth and fifth respectively. Though Red Bull won in Canada last year after Mercedes encountered problems, Horner is wary that the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve’s long straights will provide a tougher test as Renault remains down on power compared [...]

September decision on 18-inch wheels

May 26th, 2015

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Renault and Michelin will decide in September if the Formula Renault 3.5 series will switch to 18-inch wheels for the 2016 season. Michelin has been vocal in recent weeks of its belief that Formula 1 should switch to larger wheel rims, and the French firm has been developing such a tyre with Renault Sport for more than six months. Both FR3.5 and GP2 (which is supplied by Pirelli) demonstrated 18-inch wheels on their cars during the Monaco Grand Prix weekend, and Michelin is now in the stages of fine-tuning the new tyres over the summer. “We are working in full connection with Renault on this project,” Michelin customer racing director Philippe Mussati told AUTOSPORT. “The goal is to decide in September, with Renault, if we go for next season. “We [...]

Honda switching development focus

May 26th, 2015

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Honda chief Yasuhisa Arai will shift the manufacturer’s development focus following McLaren scoring its first Formula 1 points of the season in the Monaco Grand Prix. McLaren enjoyed its strongest weekend of the 2015 season on the streets of Monte Carlo, with both Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso believing they should have comfortably qualified in the top 10 on the grid. While Alonso retired from the race, Button secured McLaren-Honda’s first points of the campaign with an eighth-place finish. Button proud of first 2015 points Honda’s weakness so far, however, has been a lack of power, and with fast tracks in Canada, Austria and Silverstone up next, Arai knows it is an area that needs swift attention. “I feel we have finally started,” said Arai, after witnessing the new McLaren-Honda [...]

More changes for EuroInternational

May 26th, 2015

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Formula 3 European Championship team EuroInternational has been forced to make a complete change to its driver line-up for this weekend’s round at Monza. Dane Nicolas Beer, who missed the most recent round at Pau while recovering from injuries sustained in an accident during the second race weekend at Hockenheim, has informed the team that he will not continue. Meanwhile, GP3 ace Marvin Kirchhofer pulled out of his parallel F3 campaign with the Italian team to focus on his programme in the grand prix-support series, and his car was occupied on a one-off basis at Pau by Formula Renault 3.5 racer Gustav Malja. EuroInternational has filled the ‘Kirchhofer’ car for Monza with 2013 GP3 runner-up Facu Regalia. The Argentinian has been racing in Auto GP this season, in which he [...]

Bottas: Williams can’t afford slumps

May 25th, 2015

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Valtteri Bottas says Williams cannot afford to have uncompetitive weekends such as its Monaco Grand Prix if it wants to be a Formula 1 championship-winning team again. Williams came to Monte Carlo on the back of nine points finishes out of 10 and in third place in the constructors’ championship, more than two race wins’ worth of points clear of Red Bull. However, the team struggled with mechanical grip on the streets of Monaco and was well off the pace, with Bottas and Felipe Massa finishing 14th and 15th respectively. “We need to make sure we learn because if we want to be a championship-winning team, we can’t afford to have a race where we are nowhere,” Bottas told AUTOSPORT as Williams saw its advantage over Red Bull slashed from [...]

Marciello wants GP2 VSC review

May 25th, 2015

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Ferrari junior Rafaele Marciello has called for a review of GP2′s use of the virtual safety car, after it shaped the Monaco feature race. Marciello led early on Pirelli’s super-soft tyres before handing control of the race to Alexander Rossi and Stoffel Vandoorne when he pitted on lap nine. On the soft tyre, Rossi and McLaren protege Vandoorne led until the VSC was implemented following a clash between Mitch Evans and Nick Yelloly at the chicane 10 laps later. With the field slowed, they grabbed the opportunity to pit and emerged in the lead, with Vandoorne leapfrogging Rossi in the process and going on to win by six seconds. Their gamble to run half of the race on the super-softs was helped by Julian Leal and Sergio Canamasas utilising the [...]

Montoya: 2000 Indy win was easier

May 25th, 2015

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Juan Pablo Montoya says his first Indianapolis 500 win in 2000 was “easy” compared with his victory in this year’s event on Sunday. Montoya won Indy as a rookie 15 years ago, when his Ganassi team became the first CART frontrunner to come back to the race in the Indy Racing League/Champ Car split period. Then the reigning CART champion, Montoya dominated the race throughout. His second triumph was earned after a fraught late battle with Penske team-mate Will Power and Ganassi’s Scott Dixon, and following an early delay to repair damage incurred when Simona de Silvestro hit the back of his car. “2000 was the start of my career,” said Montoya. “I was really young. “We came here, had a really good car, we dominated. “That was an easy [...]

Qualifying homework for Raikkonen

May 25th, 2015

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Kimi Raikkonen has been told to raise his game in Formula 1 qualifying by Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene, who says the Finn needs to do some ‘homework’. Raikkonen conceded his performance in qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix was “a disaster”, before starting and finishing sixth on Sunday. It is not the first time this year Raikkonen has struggled on a Saturday afternoon, with such form seriously affecting his race results. In qualifying around the streets of Monte-Carlo, Raikkonen finished 1.329s off of polesitter Lewis Hamilton, and almost six tenths of a second behind team-mate Sebastian Vettel. Explaining Raikkonen’s woes, Arrivabene said: “The problem with Kimi was qualifying. “He caught some traffic, and there was a very big gap to the guys in front of him. “But then during [...]

Rossi/Lorenzo won’t do Suzuka 8hrs

May 25th, 2015

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Yamaha has ended speculation that factory MotoGP riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo could contest the Suzuka 8 Hours by entering Tech 3′s Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro for it. Although MotoGP riders now rarely contest the classic Japanese endurance event, its profile has increased again this year due to Casey Stoner picking Suzuka for his competitive comeback with Honda, three years after his shock retirement. That led to suggestions that Yamaha wanted Rossi – who contested the 8 Hours in 2000 and ’01 with Honda – and Lorenzo to race at Suzuka, but both had distanced themselves from that prospect. On Monday Yamaha announced that Smith and Espargaro, riders for its satellite Tech3 team in MotoGP, would join four-time Japanese champion and occasional MotoGP stand-in rider Katsuyuki Nakasuga on [...]

Verstappen was dangerous – Massa

May 25th, 2015

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Felipe Massa says Formula 1 rookie Max Verstappen deserved his penalty for colliding with Romain Grosjean in the Monaco Grand Prix because his driving was dangerous. Verstappen was cutting his way back through the field on fresh super-soft tyres late in the race when he hit Grosjean on the approach to Sainte Devote. The Toro Rosso driver felt Grosjean was to blame as he believed the Frenchman had braked too early but the stewards found Verstappen responsible and handed the 17-year-old a five-place grid penalty for the next race in Canada. “I would say what for me was pretty dangerous was the accident with Verstappen,” said Williams driver Massa. “He’s supposed to get a penalty for what he did. He braked behind, much later and what happened was very dangerous. [...]

Lauda: Mercedes call an over-reaction

May 25th, 2015

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Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda railed against his own Formula 1 team for making “a huge mistake” that robbed Lewis Hamilton of victory in the Monaco Grand Prix. Hamilton was cruising to the chequered flag after leading for the first 64 laps of the race until an accident involving Toro Rosso teenager Max Verstappen and Romain Grosjean in his Lotus turned the blue-riband event on its head. Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff conceded his strategists blundered by calling in Hamilton for a pit stop to take on a set of fresh super-soft tyres – a decision Lauda branded an over-reaction to feedback Hamilton gave on the radio. How did Mercedes get it so wrong? It resulted in the reigning champion emerging behind team-mate Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel in his [...]

Edwards claims first win for Gibbs

May 25th, 2015

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Carl Edwards stretched his fuel mileage to the finish to win his first NASCAR Sprint Cup race since joining Joe Gibbs Racing in the 600-mile Sunday night event at Charlotte. Edwards was foremost among a group of seven drivers who dived in for fuel during a yellow when Ricky Stenhouse Jr hit the wall with 62 of the 400 laps left. The leaders after the restart all had to subsequently come in under green and try to fight their way back through the fuel-conserving drivers ahead. Long-time leader Martin Truex Jr headed this pack, but could only make it through to fifth, finishing right on the tail of the battling Dale Earnhardt Jr and Matt Kenseth. Edwards was comfortably out of reach in the lead, extending his advantage over fellow [...]

Montoya wins thrilling Indy 500

May 24th, 2015

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Juan Pablo Montoya won the Indianapolis 500 after an epic race-long battle between IndyCar powerhouses Penske and Ganassi. The two Chevrolet teams had occupied the top seven places for much of the race, but in the final stages the battle for the win had been whittled down to a four-way fight between Montoya, Will Power (both Penske), Scott Dixon and Charlie Kimball (both Ganassi). The Penskes managed to open a small gap over their Ganassi counterparts in the closing laps, and with three to go Montoya dived past Power on the outside to take the lead into Turn 1. That should have left him vulnerable to a counter-attack from the Australian, but he managed to keep his team-mate at bay all the way to the end. The win came 15 [...]