Fans of F1 racing recognise the name Juan Pablo Montoya. The Colombian-born racer, once a formidable F1 driver during the first six seasons of the new millennia, now finds himself out of work after losing his ride with the American IndyCar team owned by Roger Penske.
Already, rumours are circulating that we may see Montoya make a return to F1. But realistically, how likely is that?
Montoya has an impressive resume of wins in his storied racing career. He has numerous prestigious Grand Prix wins as well as victories at the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Daytona.
He is the only driver in the world to have won the Long Beach and Italian Grand Prix races, the Indianapolis 500, the 24 Hours of Daytona and the open-wheel CART championship on the first try but at 41, Montoya's career behind the wheel could be coming to a close rather quickly.
Motorsport Events From Europe to North America
When Juan Pablo Montoya first climbed into a formula 3000 car in 1997, his team knew he was special. By the following year, he was sharing F1 testing duties with Max Wilson for the Williams F1 team.
From there he went on to enjoy a six-year career driving F1 circuits around the world. Then North America came calling and with it, CART and Indy racing. Montoya said goodbye to F1 when he signed a contract to drive for Chip Ganassi Racing on the American NASCAR circuit.
He spent the next seven seasons in what is arguably the most difficult motorsport in North America but Montoya never reached his potential, winning only two races in 255 tries. Oddly enough, both wins were on road courses.
IndyCar was next when Montoya signed a contract to drive for Roger Penske beginning in 2014. IndyCar was seen to be a career resurrection of sorts, given its similarities to F1 racing but again, Montoya seemed to struggle.
Motorsport Events are fickle at best, and drivers must be at their best to be guaranteed a ride season after season. Unfortunately, age has caught up with Montoya just as it does with everyone.
As a company that loves Motorsport Events Hospitality, DTB certainly hopes that Juan Pablo Montoya finds a ride if he wants one.
Those of us fortunate enough to watch him through spectacular hospitality packages during his F1 days truly saw someone special.
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