Montoya nearly pulls off impossible at the Brickyard

Juan Pablo Montoya made headlines by winning the 2000 Indy 500. Seven years later, he almost won again at the historic track -- but this time in a stock car, writes David Newton.

Updated: July 29, 2007, 11:18 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- Juan Pablo Montoya was turning laps of more than 200 mph a couple of laps into his first practice for the 2000 Indianapolis 500.

That was OK for veterans.

Not for rookies.

"Track officials called him in and said he needed to slow it down until he got used to it," team owner Chip Ganassi recalled. "Juan shrugged his shoulders and said, 'I'm OK.'"

Montoya was more than OK. He qualified second and led 167 of 200 laps to capture ...

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