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Montoya wins first race since return to IndyCar

LONG POND, Pa. — Juan Montoya noticed the Colombian fans waving flags and wildly cheering for him as he zipped toward the checkered flag. Moments after celebrating, Montoya ducked through the crowd at Victory Lane and headed toward the grandstands to sign autographs and pose for pictures.

"I had to say thanks for coming," he said.

Montoya saved his deepest gratitude for car owner Roger Penske.

Montoya won Sunday's Pocono IndyCar 500 at Pocono Raceway, the highlight of a triumphant return to open-wheel racing after seven years in NASCAR. It was his first win in CART/IndyCar since 2000.

Helio Castroneves was second Sunday to make it a 1-2 finish for Team Penske. With double points awarded in 500-mile races, Castroneves tied teammate Will Power for the points lead.

Power was called for blocking Castroneves late in the race and had to serve a drive-through pit penalty. He finished 10th.

Montoya, who won from the pole, took the lead for good when Tony Kanaan had to pit for fuel with four laps left.

"As soon as we signed him, I knew he would be an asset for us, and a headache," Castroneves said.

The average speed of 202.402 mph was the fastest 500-mile race in IndyCar history.

Formula One: Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix in Silverstone, England, to cut Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg's championship lead from 29 points to four after the German's first DNF this season. Hamilton started sixth and leapt to fourth on Lap 1 when the race was red-flagged for an hour for a crash involving Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari and Felipe Massa of Williams. Both escaped serious injury but Raikkonen limped away and required X-rays on his right ankle. The race was delayed so the barriers could be repaired. Valtteri Bottas of Williams was second.

NHRA: John Force earned his 140th victory, beating Ron Capps in the Funny Car final at the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio. Force, 65, powered his Ford Mustang to a pass of 4.113 seconds at 317.27 mph. Antron Brown won in Top Fuel, Erica Enders-Stevens in Pro Stock, and Andrew Hines in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Montoya wins first race since return to IndyCar 07/06/14 [Last modified: Sunday, July 6, 2014 9:46pm]
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