Indianapolis (AP) – Oh, it’s just Juan.
This is what they say about Juan Pablo Montoya when he does not want to do anything, backs down on request or just pretends that he cannot hear what is being asked.
He is back on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway which may be his last as a driver. She turned 47 in September and focused on helping her son develop a career.
So when Montoya spun just two laps in the 41-hour hurricane on “Fast Friday” and when he fell behind in a practice session or ran into a disappointing qualifier, some of his competitors wondered if the Colombian even wanted to keep running.
Suddenly it starts to shift from “Just Juan” to “Juan Check Out”.
When asked by The Associated Press about fellow competitors saying Montoya is not doing its best in Indianapolis, he silently stared out the window at a Chevrolet Camaro that was shutting him out of attendance.
“Good for them,” he finally replied. And it was.
Montoya is a mystery – always a career spanning more than three decades – so she can do whatever she wants. He is blunt, hard-headed and once considered one of the best drivers in the world.
As such, he appeared on the indie 500 in 2000 as a rookie and led all but 33 of the 200 laps to win. Or, just a few weeks later at the CART race in Michigan, when Montoya went wheel-to-wheel with Michael Andretti to win more than a dozen closing laps, considered one of the best doubles in American open-wheel history.
Montoya moved to Formula One the following season and won the chicken game with Michael Schumacher in his third race. Montoya refuses to lift while running for the lead, a stubbornness that must drive Schumacher away.
Montoya collected seven F1 wins, winning in Manja, Monaco and Silverstone, before getting tired of politics and calling on Chip Ganasi to see if there were any seats for him in the United States. Ganassi sure, come to NASCAR, and Montoya has done it for seven seasons and a couple of Cup series.
It then returns to the Indicar and returns to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time in 14 years. Montoya finished fifth in his second Indy 500.
Even if you? Montoya won his second Indy 500 win in 2015 at the start of three careers.
The Montgomery Indie 500 state line is unrealistic: two wins in six starts and just one end from the ninth; He did not finish in 2016 when he was involved in an accident.
Archery president Taylor Kiel said Montoya was “absolutely” employed and brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the otherwise inexperienced Indianapolis lineup of Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenkvist.
“I think Juan is an integrator in our program in many ways and he must have had a lot of experience. His resume speaks for itself, ”Kiel said Friday. “But what he provides for us is an opinion and a vision that is fresh. He came to this team for a month and he was able to give us a snapshot of where he thinks we are, I think it’s important.
“He is able to win this race from any starting position, and he is right: the race is on Sunday and I am confident that he will continue as he did last year.”
So if Montoya doesn’t think he’ll have to go round and round in Indy to prepare for the day of the race, he’ll tell Arrow McLaren SP that the race isn’t until Sunday and he’s not risking his car. For the second time in a row, Montoya will drive an arrow after finishing ninth last year. He admits he’s smarter, calmer and more calculated than his high day.
“I’m fine. I don’t have to pretend. The windows where this car works are very small, and it’s very difficult to get out,” Montoya told the AP. If I do, then the fourth car I know will not be as good as I am now.
“Why take that opportunity? It’s just stupid. “
He still carries himself with the same confidence as a fearless 23-year-old newcomer to American Open-Wheel Racing. He softened as he talked about his 17-year-old son Sebastian, who will be racing in Monaco this weekend as Montoya could start his final Indy 500.
Asked if he still had the same desire, Montoya replied: “Did you see Mid-Ohio last week?”
In fact, he traveled to Ohio the next day from a road course race in Indianapolis on Saturday night two weeks ago to run an IMSA sports car event. Montoya won the class from a penalty.
Montoya will start on Sunday the 30th, its lowest in the indie 500. He will have to pass many cars to win the third Borg-Warner Trophy, but he warns that no one will count him.
“I am never a big believer in climbing really high waves and thinking ‘I am the best’. No, I drive as hard as I can and try my best, ”Montoya said. 22 year olds think they are invincible. And they don’t get the big picture. The big picture is that you have to be able to take care of your car up to 500 miles to win. ”
Will he come back again?
Mantoya shakes. He doesn’t see any scenes where he ran against his son in the Indy 500 – both were sports car teammates in Sebring earlier this year – but he doesn’t know what will happen next.
“I will not come back and run indie just to run indie,” Montoya said. “It has to be with a team that wants to win. If McLaren wants me to do it again, I’ll do it again because I like this team and I won’t come here if I don’t believe I can win the race. “