Former Formula One driver and 2015 Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya has been awarded the Autoweek US 2016 Moment Of The Year in recognition of his outstanding performance at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year.
The Colombian who has raced in F1, NASCAR and IndyCar pulled off the greatest comeback in the 99 year history of the Indianapolis 500.
After being tagged by Simona De Silvestro at the start of the race, Montoya pitted for repairs and it looked all but over for the Penske driver. He exited the pits in 30th out of a field of 33 starters.
The former Williams and McLaren F1 driver kept his cool and clawed his way back to the front of the field and won the race the race taking his second Indianapolis 500 win in only his third start at the famous race. Speaking following the race which saw his team win their 16th 500 race, Roger ‘The Captain’ Penske commented by saying:
Give that guy the bit and he doesn’t give up, you know?
Montoya who led the championship from start to finish in 2015 ended the year runner up to Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon on a count back as they ended tied on 556 points with Dixon taking the title by virtue of the fact that he had one more win during the season with three to Montoya’s 2.
Juan Pablo Montoya will be hoping that he can challenge for victory at the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 later this year.