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Juan Pablo Montoya
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Montoya in 2014
Nationality Colombia Colombian
Born Juan Pablo Montoya Roldán
(1975-09-20) September 20, 1975 (age 46)
Bogotá, Colombia
Championship titles
1998 International Formula 3000 Champion
1999 CART FedEx Championship Series Champion
2000, 2015 Indianapolis 500 Winner
2017 Race of Champions Champion of Champions
1999 CART Rookie of the Year
2000 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year
2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Rookie of the Year

Juan Pablo Montoya Roldán (born September 20, 1975) is a Colombian racing driver. He currently competes in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship driving for Acura Team Penske.

The highlights of his career include winning the International F3000 championship in 1998, and the CART FedEx Championship Series in 1999, as well as victories in some of the most prestigious races in the world, including the Indianapolis 500 (2000, 2015), Grand Prix of Monaco (2003), 24 Hours of Daytona (2007, 2008, 2013), British Grand Prix (2005), Italian Grand Prix (2001, 2005), Grand Prix of Long Beach (1999), and the Race of Champions (2017).

In auto racing he has been notable by winning in his first attempt the CART Championship title, Indianapolis 500, 24 Hours of Daytona, Grand Prix of Long Beach, Italian Grand Prix, NASCAR Rookie of the Year, and the crossover Race of Champions.

In October 2009, Montoya was ranked 30th on Times Online's list of the Top 50 Formula One drivers of all time.

Early career

Juan Pablo Montoya Autosport International 2001
Juan Pablo Montoya Autosport International 2001

Montoya was born in Bogotá, Colombia, where he was taught the techniques of karting from an early age by his father Pablo, an architect and motorsport enthusiast.

Montoya moved to the Colombian Formula Renault Series in 1992. The same year he also participated in the U.S. Skip Barber driving school, and was hailed by driving instructors as being one of the best pupils to ever come through their school. 1993 saw Montoya switch to the Swift GTI Championship. In 1994, Montoya raced in three separate series: The Sudam 125 Karting, Barber Saab Pro Series and Formula N in Mexico.

He graduated from the Colegio San Tarsicio in Bogotá in the same year. Montoya developed into a strong qualifier, in some cases taking 80% of a season's pole positions. For the next three years Montoya raced in various divisions, continually progressing upward. He raced in the 1995 British Formula Vauxhall Championship and in 1996 raced in the British Formula 3 with Fortec Motorsport as well as taking part in events in Zandvoort, Netherlands and Silverstone.

Montoya got the opportunity to advance in his motor racing career when he was hired by the RSM Marko team to compete alongside Craig Lowndes in the 1997 International Formula 3000 season.

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