Montoya wins IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway

ASSOCIATED PRESSJuly 6, 2014 

Juan Pablo Montoya has won the IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway, the highlight of a triumphant return to open wheel racing after seven years in NASCAR.

Helio Castroneves was second to make it a 1-2 finish Sunday for team owner Roger Penske. Montoya won for the first time in the CART/IndyCar Series since 2000 and had his first major victory since he won a road course race at Watkins Glen in NASCAR in 2010.

With double points awarded in the 500-mile races, Castroneves moved into a tie for the points lead with Team Penske teammate Will Power. Power was hit with a blocking penalty on Castroneves late in the race and had to serve a drive through penalty, costing him a shot at racing for the win. He finished 10th.

Carlos Munoz, Ryan Briscoe and Scott Dixon completed the top five.

Montoya, who won from the pole, took the lead for good when Tony Kanaan was forced to pit for fuel with four laps left. Montoya took it from there and continued to stamp himself a player in the championship hunt.

"As soon as we signed him, I knew he would be an asset for us, and a headache," Castroneves said.

Montoya damaged his front wing when he connected with Power on a pass for the lead on the 167th lap. Power's penalty troubles continued at Pocono when he blocked Castroneves on the 171st lap, effectively ending his shot at victory.

The 200-lap race was caution free for the first 158 laps until Graham Rahal spun to bring out the yellow. The 158 consecutive laps of green flag racing to open a race was the longest stretch for a 500-mile race in IndyCar history.

Indianapolis 500 champion Ryan Hunter-Reay lost his shot at winning the series' Triple Crown when he was forced out only 28 laps into the race. Pocono and Fontana join the Indianapolis 500 as the three races that use three-wide starts, run 500 miles and award double points.

Hamilton wins British Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton won a crash-hit British Grand Prix on Sunday to cut Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg's lead in the drivers' championship from 29 points to just four after the German had his first non-finish of the season.

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