Arrow McLaren SP’s Juan Pablo Montoya will compete in the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course as well as the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge next month, the team confirmed on Monday.
Taking to Twitter, Arrow McLaren SP said:
— Arrow McLaren SP (@ArrowMcLarenSP) April 5, 2021
Speaking to Paddock Eye during a conference call on Monday, the two-time Indianapolis 500 winner said that it was very hot in the car after the Colombian recently tested the AMSP car for the first time at Laguna Seca alongside Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist.
It was the first time that Montoya had driven the car with the Aeroscreen and he explained that he only ran with the cooling vent on his helmet and not the one that is on top of the car aeroscreen as well.
Montoya also said that he is looking forward to catching up with his old rivals and said that he spoke with Scott McLaughlin over the weekend who he does sim racing with and also confirmed to Paddock Eye that he will take part in the open test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway later this week and with a chuckle said that it will be the first time that he will have taken part in the refresher course for ovals.
Montoya also revealed to Paddock Eye that he left Formula One because wasn’t enjoying the racing and had been offered drives with midfield teams and believes that with Arrow McLaren SP and McLaren Racing he has a genuine opportunity to fight for the victory in the Indianapolis 500 as he said that if he felt he couldn’t win he wouldn’t be racing.
Montoya also confirmed to us that he plans to use the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis as a test to lay the foundations for the team in terms of getting pit stops right and making sure that everything is executed well. The former F1 driver also said that he has already been working with his race engineer Craig Hampson and that things are going really well.
The GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis takes place on Saturday May 15 while the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge takes place on May 30.