Montoya extends IndyCar points lead after fourth place in Milwaukee (VIDEO)

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MILWAUKEE – A year ago Juan Pablo Montoya was frustrated to finish second in Milwaukee. On Sunday, he made some lemonade out of lemons to end fourth.

The driver of the No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet recovered from an early race drive-through, and then a late gamble to finish the race on old tires, to finish with another top-five finish and extend his Verizon IndyCar Series points lead.

“We pitted early and I was running third and I came for a stop and I downshifted and and I pressed the (pit-speed limiter) button,” Montoya said post-race. “I don’t know if I didn’t press the button hard enough or something and we got behind the 8-ball there.”

Montoya definitely enjoyed the race in the waning stages as he fought teammate Helio Castroneves, Graham Rahal and Scott Dixon.

“We do what we need to be doing. You gotta drive aggressive. Be smart when you need to be smart,” Montoya told MotorSportsTalk.

“I thought I could hold off Helio. Then Graham came and I thought, ‘I‘m not gonna waste my time on him.’ So I let him go. I thought it would be quick enough. The 9 car [Dixon] came and his tires were off, he couldn’t pass me.

“It was tough but it makes it fun. You gotta drive the (expletive) out of it, but that’s what they pay me to do.”

Montoya now holds a 54-point lead over Dixon with just four races to go. He had led Power by 46 coming into the race.

Unofficial points standings are as follows in the top 10:

1. 2-Juan Pablo Montoya, 439
2. 9-Scott Dixon, 385
3. 15-Graham Rahal, 370
4. 3-Helio Castroneves, 370
5. 1-Will Power, 369
6. 11-Sebastien Bourdais, 343
7. 27-Marco Andretti, 332
8. 10-Tony Kanaan, 314
9. 67-Josef Newgarden, 309
10. 22-Simon Pagenaud, 278

Lewis Hamilton comes home to Mercedes factory after fourth title

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On Monday, the Formula 1 schedule finally allowed teams to be in Europe before heading to Abu Dhabi for this weekend’s season finale.

And as such, that provided a window for now four-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton to return to the Mercedes AMG Petronas factories in Brackley and Brixworth to be celebrated for taking the driver’s title, as Hamilton an Valtteri Bottas delivered Mercedes its fourth straight constructor’s title.

Hamilton was at Brixworth, the home of Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) and its highly successful Mercedes-Benz Power Units first before heading to Brackley, where he was welcomed with a “guard of honor” as the entire team came out to greet him.

The champion was overwhelmed at the response and the welcome.

“This a very emotional day. I was not expecting this, thanks everyone for the warm welcome,” he said. “Today is something that I will never forget, turning up at the front gate of the factory and seeing everyone out on the street to welcome me – I’m blown away.

“This has been an incredible year, it’s been an incredible journey together. There’s a huge amount of respect and appreciation I have for everyone. I’ve been in the sport for a long time now, but to see the work ethic in Brixworth and Brackley really inspires me. Every time I come around, I see everyone operating at 100%, which encourages me to bring my best performance.

“Thank you all for helping me achieve my dreams, it would not have been possible without you. This is the best championship year, because we’ve been fighting another team and because we’ve had the difficulties and challenges we’ve had – that just makes it so much greater.”

A social roundup of images and videos are below, all via Hamilton and the Mercedes team on social media.