July 25, 2010 by staff
Brickyard 400, Jamie McMurray held off Kevin Harvick and Greg Biffle to win the Indianapolis 400, NASCAR on Sunday after his team mate and pole-McMurray Juan Pablo Montoya suffered another disappointment later-in-the-race in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
McMurray victory gave his team co-owner, Chip Ganassi, an unprecedented trifecta motorsport: McMurray also won the Daytona 500 in February, and Dario Franchitti’s IndyCar team Ganassi won this year’s Indianapolis 500 in May .
Montoya, himself a former winner of the Indy 500 before moving to NASCAR, led 86 laps in the race for 160 laps and looked ready to avenge last year’s disappointment, when he also dominated, but finished 11th after late of the race a speeding penalty pits.
But with Montoya leading with 23 laps from the end of this year, the caution period came out, Montoya and the team elected to put four tires on his car. McMurray and several other cars in just two tires and restarted ahead of Montoya.
Once the green flag fell again, Montoya simply vanished in heavy traffic, and then hit the wall and hit Montoya Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished 32nd, and Earnhardt was 27.
In a surprise, Jimmie Johnson finished second after starting 22nd. Johnson, the reigning Sprint Cup Series champion began the second Sunday, won the Indianapolis 400 three times, including the last two.
The race had a rocky start when a spin Kyle Busch led a multi-car accident in the second round of the first round. Sam Hornish Jr. and David Reutimann also were among the drivers involved.
- Jim Peltz Indianapolis
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