Juan Pablo Montoya, who will end his seven-year NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career in two more races and is set to shift back to Team Penske’s IndyCar program, reportedly owes millions to the Internal Revenue Service for evasion of some taxable income.
Per a report in Forbes, Montoya owes at least $2.7 million to the IRS, as the IRS claims he had $9.5 million in taxable income between 2007 and 2008.
Offshore accounts, corporations and the “rights to Montoya’s image” appear to be involved in the case, per the report. Montoya moved to the U.S. when he made the switch from Formula One to NASCAR in 2007, and the IRS appears to believe Montoya’s “image front” was a sham.
Montoya’s 2014 Penske IndyCar teammate, Helio Castroneves, was acquitted on federal felony tax evasion charges in 2009.
It’s an interesting story to monitor as the offseason beckons.
Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.
Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it would seem right for Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — to spend some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.