Montoya looks to continue incredible 500-mile record at MAVTV 500

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Verizon IndyCar Series points leader Juan Pablo Montoya has six races to go in the 2015 season, including two 500-mile races, where the Colombian’s career record is simply ridiculous.

The Triple Crown hasn’t got much ink or play this year, but with the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway this weekend and the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway in August, Montoya has two good chances to add to his win in the 99th Indianapolis 500.

He enters what will be his 10th 500-mile race in IndyCar this weekend, and the stats, courtesy of Justice Brothers, Inc. and Shunck & Associates, are gaudy:

 Race Start Finish Laps Led
1999 U.S. 500 – Michigan International Speedway 3rd 2nd 250/250 28
1999 Marlboro 500 – Auto Club Speedway 3rd 4th 250/250 13
2000 Indianapolis 500 2nd WIN 200/200 167
2000 U.S. 500 – Michigan International Speedway 7th WIN 250/250 39
2000 Marlboro 500 – Auto Club Speedway 5th 10th (blown engine) 219/250 33
2014 Indianapolis 500 10th 5th 200/200 16
2014 Pocono 500 1st WIN 200/200 45
2014 MAVTV500 – Auto Club Speedway 2nd 4th 250/250 85
2015 Indianapolis 500 15th WIN 200/200 9
 Averages/Totals 5.33 3.22 2019/2050 435
In total:
 – Nine career “500” mile Indy car races.
 – Four WINS.
 – Two Indy 500 wins, 1 win at MIS and 1 win at Pocono.
 – LED in ALL nine “500” mile races.
 – Completed 98.48% of all “500” mile race laps – finished every race lap in 1999, 2014 and 2015.  In 2000 blew an engine in the Marlboro 500.
 – Has led 21.2% of all possible laps in “500” mile races he has run.

Montoya has never won at Auto Club Speedway before, but as you see above, he hasn’t exactly struggled with two fourths and a blown engine while in win contention in 2000.

He won his first IndyCar start at Pocono last year.

And he’s an early favorite to keep up this incredible run this weekend at Auto Club Speedway.