On this Day: May 28

Juan Pablo Montoya and Nottingham Forest star in our feature on remarkable sporting events that created history on May 28.

Montoya wins 500

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When the opportunity was presented to teams from CART to race at the Indianapolis 500, the exclusive preserve of the Indy Racing League since 1996, Chip Ganassi Racing and it’s drivers Jimmy Vasser and Brickyard rookie Montoya jumped at the challenge.

And after two hours and 59 minutes of racing on May 28 in the year 2000, Montoya had joined the Indy 500 legends.

The Colombian became the first rookie winner since Graham Hill in 1966 and the most dominant rookie winner since Frank Lockhart in 1926.

It wasn’t a triumph based on good fortune or even attrition. Montoya’s skill and talent were clear for all to see as he led at the 100, 200, 250, 300 and 400-mile marks, as well as the all-important 200th and final lap. In winning, Montoya pushed IRL aces Buddy Lazier, Eliseo Salazar, Jeff Ward and Eddie Cheever into the minor placings.

Forest Double

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With the UEFA Champions League final set to kick-off later on Saturday, how is this for a throwback?

On May 1928 Nottingham Forest won their second consecutive European Cup, beating Hamburger SV 1-0 in the final staged in Madrid. John Robertson squeezed a shot past Hamburg keeper Rudolf Kargus for the only goal of the game

The victory meant that Forest became the first club that had won the European Cup more times than their domestic first division.

Can we expect similar heroics in Europe from Leicester City next year?

Sporting Birthdays

1938: Jerry West, NBA superstar
1956 Jeff Dujon, West Indies wicket-keeper
1986: Charles N’Zogbia, French footballer

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