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Indy 500 finish? It happened in St. Pete first

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The final results of the Indy 500 probably shouldn’t have surprised anyone around here.

After all, they had seen it before.

The 1-2 finish of Juan Pablo Montoya and Will Power, it turns out, was the exact finish the two had in the St. Pete Grand Prix this year.

This time, Montoya started only 15th, and he was last after an unscheduled pit stop. But he cruised to his second Indy title.

Montoya had flirted with winning it again after his initial victory back in 2000, but the checkered flag eluded him.

“I told my guys there’s a hundred ways to throw this away, and there’s only one way of winning,” Montoya said.

The two finished in identical positions in March when they raced here when Montoya won his first St. Pete Race, beating Power, who had won the race in 2014.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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