Dixon seemed dead set on earning a second 500 win. His 2008 victory came after sitting on the pole; could history repeat itself today?
On Lap 166, Montoya swiped the lead! After essentially starting the race in 30th, Montoya had carved his way through the field and was now at the front of the field. What a drive! Best of all, his car was perfect in traffic, allowing him to pull off passes easily.
Debris brought out the caution on Lap 170. All of the cars came down for one last pit stop. This would take them to the end. As such, all of the drivers made minor tweaks to set their cars up for either passing in traffic, or leading the race. Power in particular set his car up to make him fast out front, but it would be difficult for him to make passes if he was caught.
Power’s crew got him the lead, with Montoya second and Dixon third. However the true lead was held by Carlos Munoz and Justin Wilson who did not pit. Both would be passed rather quickly.
After leading the second most laps of the day, Pagenaud clipped Justin Wilson trying to pass and Pagenaud damaged his wing. As he slowed through the corners, the field bottled up behind him.
End of the race? What do you expect happened? Jack Hawksworth got loose and colleted Sebastian Saavedra as they came through Turn 4.