Montoya’s Indy 500 win extends his IndyCar points lead

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INDIANAPOLIS – It’s easy to forget because of the magnitude of the event, but today’s Indianapolis 500 plays a pivotal role in the Verizon IndyCar Series season as a whole.

And Juan Pablo Montoya stamped his authority on the season, from both a psychological and points standpoint, as a result of his second win in the Indianapolis 500.

This race is one of two (season finale in Sonoma) that features double points, and for Montoya, he takes near maximum points from the event.

Here’s the unofficial points breakdown of the top 20 after Sunday’s race (points after Grand Prix of Indianapolis, the previous race, linked here). Drivers from 21st on back have run five or fewer races.

1. 2-Juan Pablo Montoya, 272
2. 1-Will Power, 247
3. 9-Scott Dixon, 211
4. 3-Helio Castroneves, 206
5. 15-Graham Rahal, 204
6. 21-Josef Newgarden, 173
7. 11-Sebastien Bourdais, 161
8. 83-Charlie Kimball, 160
9. 27-Marco Andretti, 151
10. 10-Tony Kanaan, 147
11. 22-Simon Pagenaud, 142
12. 28-Ryan Hunter-Reay, 130
13. 5-James Hinchcliffe, 129
14. 26-Carlos Munoz, 122
15. 14-Takuma Sato, 106
16. 7-James Jakes, 99
17. 98-Gabby Chaves, 99
18. 20-Luca Filippi, 85
19. 41-Jack Hawksworth, 76
20. 4-Stefano Coletti, 75