“the monday after i won, i
didn’t think about the bad
days. i aLways Loved this pLaCe,
reGardLess of my resuLt”
Mario Andretti took the Andretti
family’s first Indy 500 win in 1969.
Since then, Hunter-Reay’s Andretti
Autosport boss, Michael, and
teammate, Marco, have both finished
second, but another win still eludes.
If Montoya repeats his win in the
100th, he’ll join Castroneves in knocking
on the door of the four-time winners. In
some respects, that’s got to be good for
Helio – somebody to share the “Will he?
Won’t he?” storylines every May...
“I don’t mind it too much,” says
Castroneves. “I don’t really let it become
a distraction because, as I said, I know
that everything resets once we get to
Indy. But it’s a great storyline, and it’s
great for the fans to see if a little bit of
history can be made.”
But for any Indy 500 winner, there’s a
it’s obvious that the Brickyard doesn’t
“The Monday after I won, I didn’t think
about the bad days,” says Kanaan. “I
always loved this place, regardless of
what my result was. I felt humble and
grateful that my effort and my
persistence had finally paid off.”
If TK had to bide his time waiting for
win numero uno, Montoya’s 2015 victory
set a record for the longest gap between
first and second wins at Indy – 15 years.
In large part, that was down to JPM’s
forays into Formula 1 and NASCAR. So
which one was the sweetest?
“They were both great, but in different
ways,” he says. “My first, in 2000, we
were just totally dominant, which was
satisfying in its own way. My second, the
car was damaged early on in the race, so
my team and I had to really dig deep and
fight back. That was memorable, too.”