Heading into May at IMS, Montoya leads Penske 1-2-3 in IndyCar points


Considering he doesn’t view the road and street courses as his strong suit, Juan Pablo Montoya is rather pleased to still be leading the Verizon IndyCar Series’ points standings after five races, all on road and streets.

“My goal this year was not to lose that many points coming to Indy,” Montoya said after Saturday’s Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis. “I know our strong part of the season should be the ovals, you know what I mean, some of the road courses. I was looking forward to not be that far behind because I know once the ovals start I can make up some points.

“Having the points coming into Indy, it’s encouraging. We were fastest in the open test. The car felt really good, too. I’m pretty happy.”

Also happy? Two of his three Team Penske teammates, with Will Power and Helio Castroneves making it a Penske 1-2-3 in the championship heading into the remainder of the month.

Here’s the standings as they are post-the Grand Prix:

1. 2-Juan Pablo Montoya, 171
2. 1-Will Power, 166
3. 3-Helio Castroneves, 161
4. 9-Scott Dixon, 144
5. 15-Graham Rahal, 144
6. 10-Tony Kanaan, 136
7. 21-Josef Newgarden, 129
8. 5-James Hinchcliffe, 129
9. 11-Sebastien Bourdais, 123
10. 22-Simon Pagenaud, 101
11. 26-Carlos Munoz, 101
12. 28-Ryan Hunter-Reay, 100
13. 27-Marco Andretti, 95
14. 83-Charlie Kimball, 89
15. 20-Luca Filippi, 85
16. 7-James Jakes, 75
17. 14-Takuma Sato, 72
18. 98-Gabby Chaves, 71
19. 4-Stefano Coletti, 65
20. 41-Jack Hawksworth, 64
21. 25-Simona de Silvestro, 44
22. 19-Francesco Dracone, 38

The final seven drivers in the points (Sage Karam, Sebastian Saavedra, Carlos Huertas, Conor Daly, Rodolfo Gonzalez, JR Hildebrand, Justin Wilson), ranging from Karam to Wilson in 23rd to 29th, have only started between one and three of the five races. All of the above 22 except for de Silvestro have started all five races.

Expect the points to shuffle significantly from here, given the number of points available both in qualifying and the race for the Indianapolis 500. Double race finish points are awarded for the Indianapolis 500® Mile Race and the last event of the season at Sonoma.

That means a driver could walk away from the Indianapolis 500 with a maximum of 146 points (100 to win, 33 Saturday fastest, 9 Sunday fastest, 1 one lap led, 2 most laps led). The minimum is 11 (10 for anywhere from 25th to 33rd, with just 1 for qualifying 33rd on Saturday).

So that 135-point swing could see the standings change dramatically after the race wraps on Sunday, May 24. Here’s the full points possibility breakdown for the rest of the month:

Double Points
Pos.	Pts	Pos.	Pts	Pos.	Pts
1	100	12	36	23	14
2	80	13	34	24	12
3	70	14	32	25	10
4	64	15	30	26	10
5	60	16	28	27	10
6	56	17	26	28	10
7	52	18	24	29	10
8	48	19	22	30	10
9	44	20	20	31	10
10	40	21	18	32	10
11	38	22	16	33	10
Leading At Least One Lap: 1 point
Most Laps Led: 2 points

For the Indianapolis 500® Mile Race, championship points will be allocated based on qualfication efforts using the following point structures.

Indy Saturday Qualifying
Pos.	Pts	Pos.	Pts	Pos.	Pts
1	33	12	22	23	11
2	32	13	21	24	10
3	31	14	20	25	9
4	30	15	19	26	8
5	29	16	18	27	7
6	28	17	17	28	6
7	27	18	16	29	5
8	26	19	15	30	4
9	25	20	14	31	3
10	24	21	13	32	2
11	23	22	12	33	1

"Fast 9" Sunday
Qualifying Points
Pos.	Pts
1	9
2	8
3	7
4	6
5	5
6	4
7	3
8	2
9	1

Vicki Golden and 805 Beer tell a unique story from an Inverted Perspective


Vicki Golden has earned a career worthy of a thousand stories and 805 Beer tells at least one of them, as “Inverted Perspective” premiered March 30 on the company’s website and YouTube channel.

Golden did more to break the glass ceiling in SuperMotocross than she ever thought possible. She knows this because riders have never felt the need to explain any of her accomplishments with the disclaimer, “for a girl”. 

At this point in Golden’s career, she’s been the first woman to finish top 10 in AMA Arenacross Lites, the first woman to qualify in the Fast 40 in Monster Energy AMA Supercross and the first woman to compete in freestyle Moto X competition, earning a bronze medal by doing so.

Her love for moto came from childhood while she watched her dad and brother ride. By seven she was on her bike and making waves throughout Southern California. 

Golden, 30, is still madly in love with the sport and has no plans on moving away but her career is already one to talk about. 805 Beer’s film series wanted to do exactly that.

“I’m taken aback by it all,” Golden told NBC Sports about the documentary. “It’s just crazy to see your story, it’s one thing to live your life and battle everything that comes about but it’s another to just sit there and talk about it.”

805 approached Golden about the feature by asking, “Do you even realize that what you do, and your story is special?”

Golden took the question as a blank canvas to map out the highs and lows of her career and life. 

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The title “Inverted Perspective” came from a brainstorming session with Dominick Russo and it highlights Golden’s outlook on the sport of SuperMotocross and her life in general. 

“My whole life, my whole career was thinking differently and looking at things that shouldn’t be done and aren’t there, while being able to make a place for myself, where no one thought there should be a place,” Golden said.  “It’s inspiring someone to think in different ways. It sums up my life.”

Vicki Golden is not “fast for a girl”; she’s just fast. – 805 Beer

While Golden is no stranger to the spotlight, this was the first time she’s been fully involved with the storytelling and creation of a feature about herself. 

“It’s not like a full new experience,” Golden said. “Obviously, you get your standard questions about your upbringing and accomplishments, but I’ve never really put into perspective things that happened in my past with my dad and putting that to light. Also, certain other things that maybe got overlooked in previous interviews or films. I wanted to touch on these and Dom wanted to create a story. It’s just cool to see it come to light, it’s a nearly impossible thing to tell somebody’s life story in 40 minutes.”

Golden’s father was left paralyzed after an ATV accident, robbing him the opportunity to ride again. This happened a few months before the father-daughter duo was set to compete in the Loretta Lynn’s Amateur Nationals when Vicki was 12. While she might have been unable to grasp the severity at the time, it’s something she carries with her. Golden continues to ride in his honor.

Years later, an accident in 2018 nearly sidelined the then 25-year-old Vicki when a freestyle accident almost resulted in the amputation of her lower leg. 

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Golden 805 Beer
Vicki Golden has ridden a variety of disciplines in SuperMotocross, which gives her a unique perspective. – 805 Beer

“Inverted Perspective” highlights her father’s diligence in helping Vicki continue with her career and the kindness and strength he carried while fighting his own battle. 

“My dad was the entire reason that I started riding in the first place,” Golden said. “So, to honor his memory and to honor what we went through and how hard he pushed to keep our dream alive and keep everything going – in that sense then, it was really special to be able to honor him and talk about him.”

The 40-minute feature was filmed entirely in black and white, a stark contrast from the oversaturated world of motocross where the brighter the suit the easier it is for fans to find their rider and follow him in the race. By filming in monochrome Russo and Golden had the chance to focus on the race and track from a different perspective. 

“It was cool to be able to film it differently,” Golden said. “It created a challenge in the sense of what was going to be more visually impactful for the film.

“I couldn’t be here without the companies that back me but at the same time, it’s not like the logos or colors disappeared, it’s just different lights shed on different spots. It’s just a cool way to do it and to take color away and still be impactful. When you think of black and white, you think of old school, the OG way of doing things.”