Montoya has swagger back, but also shows softer side

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) There was a time when the edge to Juan Pablo Montoya was evident everywhere he went. His arrogance was on display as he walked through the paddock, his confidence in a race car clear with every fearless move he made.

But when the success stopped, the great JPM was no longer the intimidating force he had once been. His abrupt departure from Formula One, followed by seven subpar seasons in NASCAR, made him just another driver in a crowded field of also-rans.

Then he got a chance at a do-over. Offered a job to return to open wheel racing with Roger Penske, Montoya's career was given the fresh start he so badly needed.

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IndyCar Leaders: Points
RankDriverPointsWins
1 J.Montoya 51 1
2 W.Power 44 0
3 T.Kanaan 35 0
4 H.Castroneves 33 0
5 S.Pagenaud 31 0
6 S.Bourdais 28 0
7 R.Hunter-Reay 26 0
8 J.Hawksworth 25 0
9 L.Filippi 22 0
10 M.Andretti 20 0
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