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Winning! Juan Pablo Montoya Takes Second Indianapolis 500

After winning the Indianapolis 500 as a rookie in 2000—then defecting to Formula One and NASCAR—Juan Pablo Montoya paid off his return to IndyCar today by claiming a second victory at the 99th running of the race.

“That was an easy race,” he joked at the start of his post-500 press conference.

Montoya crossed the bricks after battling with Will Power, Charlie Kimball, and Scott Dixon in the last laps. He described his thinking during the tense final moments of competition: “There’s a hundred ways to throw this race away. But there’s only one way of winning it.”

And that’s what he did.

Since first joining Indianapolis Monthly in 2000, West has written about a wide range of subjects including crime, history, arts and entertainment, pop culture, politics, and food. His feature stories have twice been noted in the Best American Sports Writing anthology and have received top honors from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. “The Collapse,” West’s account of the 2011 Indiana State Fair tragedy, was a 2013 National City and Regional Magazine Awards finalist in the category of Best Reporting. He lives on the near-east side.