Juan Pablo Montoya crashes on 64th lap at Indy 500
Juan Pablo Montoya crashed into the wall on the 64th lap at the Indy 500, ending his bid to become the first repeat winner at the historic race since Helio Castroneves in 2001-02.
American Alexander Rossi ended up taking the win, becoming just the ninth rookie ever to claim victory at Indianapolis.
Montoya, who won the Indy 500 in 2000 and 2015, was going around the second turn when he lost control of his car, doing a full spin before slamming the nose of the car into the wall.
Montoya was not injured during the crash.
“It was loose and I just lost the car,” Montoya said via ESPN. “It got loose in the corner and the thing just snapped.
“It’s just difficult. People are doing dumb things on the restarts. I was just taking my time coming through the field and the car felt pretty good. It just snapped out of nowhere.”
Castroneves was leading the race at the time of the crash.