Even with Dixon’s 2nd win of 2015, Montoya maintains strong lead in IndyCar point standings

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Saturday’s Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway marked the start of the second half of the 16-race Verizon IndyCar Series schedule.

But just like it has been throughout the first half, Juan Pablo Montoya continues to maintain his stranglehold on the VICS points standings.

Race winner Scott Dixon joined Montoya as the only drivers with two victories thus far this season.

However, because Montoya finished fourth, Dixon wasn’t able to appreciably cut Montoya’s lead. Dixon still trails Montoya by 43 points. Will Power remains in second place, 35 points behind Montoya.

In fact, there was no change in the first five positions in the standings.

The driver making the biggest gain in the points was Tony Kanaan, who finished second in Saturday’s race. Kanaan climbed three spots in the standings, from 12th to 9th.

Gaining two spots each were Sebatian Bourdais (up to 7th), and Jack Hawksworth (up to 17th).

Gaining one spot each was Marco Andretti (up to 6th), Charlie Kimball (up to 10th), Takuma Sato (up to 14th), James Jakes (up to 15th) and Gabby Chaves (up to 16th).

Simon Pagenaud suffered the biggest loss in the standings, dropping two spots that knocked him out of the top 10 and down to 11th.

Losing one spot was Carlos Munoz (down to 12th).

IndyCar Standings

As of: Firestone 600 +/- Points Behind Wins
1  Juan Pablo Montoya #2 348 2
2  Will Power #1 313 35 1
3  Scott Dixon #9 305 43 2
4  Helio Castroneves #3 286 62 0
5  Graham Rahal #15 261 87 0
6  Marco Andretti #27 +1 255 93 0
7  Sebastien Bourdais #11 +2 244 104 1
8  Josef Newgarden #67 215 133 1
9  Tony Kanaan #10 +3 215 133 0
10  Charlie Kimball #83 +1 214 134 0
11  Simon Pagenaud #22 -2 213 135 0
12  Carlos Munoz #26 -1 208 140 1
13  Ryan Hunter-Reay #28 183 165 0
14  Takuma Sato #14 +1 180 168 0
15  James Jakes #7 +1 155 193 0
16  Gabby Chaves #98 +1 153 195 0
17  Jack Hawksworth #41 +2 135 213 0
18  James Hinchcliffe #5 -1 129 219 1
19  Luca Filippi #20 120 228 0
20   Stefano Coletti #4 115 233 0

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