With the 100th running of the Indy 500 fast approaching, Juan Pablo Montoya was featured in this week’s Sports Illustrated, in an in-depth profile by Andrew Lawrence.
The 40-year-old Colombia-born driver prizes his Indy 500 wins, and discussed the competition, as well as the perceptions surrounding his success and his impact on the sport. He’s known to be prickly, but also honest, and he touched on the role of race and ethnicity in racing.
From the magazine:
Ask him if he takes satisfaction in seeing so many Latin American drivers in NASCAR, or if he feels pride at having paved the way in IndyCar for two other bogotanos ([Gabby] Chaves and Andretti’s Carlos Muñoz, and Montoya scoffs. “People don’t understand that I’m not in this sport to change anything,” he says. “I don’t give two f---- about changing anything. I’m here to win races.”
The Indy 500 takes place May 29.