Every feather he adds to his crown, the argument that he is the best F1 driver of his era becomes stronger. Juan Pablo Montoya won his second Indianapolis 500 title on Sunday.
Till date Montoya has won 2 Indianapolis 500s, the Monaco Grand Prix, the CART FedEx Championship Series title, 3 Rolex 24 awards and Rookie of the Year for the NASCAR Cup Series. More value could be added to this list of achievements. Seven F1 victories in six seasons inclusive of 30 podium finishes and four wins in just 22 races in IndyCar series.
“Coming in here, I thought, ‘If we blow this, we’re going to be fifth,’” said Montoya, who registered his second 500 victory in just three attempts. “That’s what I told all the (Penske) guys. I told them this was the best car I’ve ever had.”
Montoya’s speed allowed him to make three more pit-stops than regulation, an account of how fast he had been on the tracks of 2015 Indianapolis on Sunday. Within 30 laps he drove from 30th to lead the race. He sped past the leaders with 3 laps remaining, starting 15th in the 33 car-field. He celebrated his victory by drinking milk.
“I think he smiled more today than he did (when he won at Indianapolis in 2000),” said Penske Racing president Tim Cindric. “I think he’s come to appreciate it. The cool thing is to see his kids (Sebastian, Paulina and Manuela). A lot of people, like Sebastian, haven’t seen him as an open-wheel winner. To see his kids here I think was really what brought the whole thing full circle for him.”