Who is Juan Pablo Montoya- McLaren F1 & Multiple Indy 500 Winner?

Published 05/29/2021, 4:14 PM EDT
DOVER, DE – SEPTEMBER 21: Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge, stands next to his car on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Dodge Dealers 400 at Dover International Speedway on September 21, 2007 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images for NASCAR)


Juan Pablo Montoya is a Colombian racer. Montoya currently races in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. He drives for Acura Meyer Shank Racing. Juan even won the title with Team Penske in 2019.

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Montoya learned the methods of karting from his dad. His father was a motorsport aficionado. He won the International F3000 title in 1998. He then went onto win the CART FedEx Championship Series in 1999.

Juan has won some of the greatest races on the calendar. Some of his race wins are the Indianapolis 500 in 2000 and 2015, Monaco Grand Prix in 2003, 24 Hours of Daytona, and the Race of Champions in 2017.

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Montoya is one of just two drivers who have won two races of the Triple Crown of Motorsport. What’s more, Montoya has dominated races in Indy vehicles, Formula One vehicles, and NASCAR Cup vehicles.

In October 2009, Montoya was named as one of the Top 50 Formula One drivers ever.

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During the 2000 United States Grand Prix, Montoya signed a 2-year contract with Williams-BMW beginning in 2001. Montoya was quite impressive during his Formula One stint. He was a strong opponent and a race winner. Montoya even led the title competition during the 2003 season.

Juan made his Formula One debut with Williams in 2001. His 1st race was at the Australian Grand Prix. He qualified 11th. The race did not go the way he would have wanted. He retired from the race after an engine failure.

Montoya retired from Formula One after the 2006 US Grand Prix. Montoya won 7 races during his F1 career. He announced that he had signed an agreement to run in NASCAR from 2007.

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In 2006, Montoya announced that he will race in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series for Chip Ganassi Racing. He raced in the No. 42 Texaco/Havoline car. He won 2 races in NASCAR Cup Series. Montoya resigned from NASCAR in 2013.

For the 2014 season, Montoya contended in the IndyCar Series. He drove the No. 2 Dallara-Chevrolet for Team Penske. This marked his return to the IndyCar arrangement.

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He originally contended in the arrangement in the year 2000 and won his first Indy 500. Juan was the 1st driver to win the Indy 500 in 1st attempt since Formula One World Champion Graham Hill in 1966. Montoya was the 1st Colombian victor of the coveted Indy 500 race.

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Abhay Aggarwal

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Abhay Aggarwal is sports analyst at EssentiallySports. Having joined ES in early 2020, he has over 300 NASCAR, Formula 1, and Tennis articles to his name. Abhay has been an avid motorsports fan for over a decade, and he even attended the inaugural Indian Grand Prix in 2011.

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