Having raced – and won – in three of the most prestigious series in the world, it’s no surprise Juan Pablo Montoya was flooded by well-wishers after his Indianapolis 500 win.
“It’s great; it’s amazing,” he told reporters Monday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “I got messages from the guys from NASCAR. I got messages from my old racing years in Formula One, people that I worked with in Formula One.
“It’s pretty cool. People care. I think whoever I’m working with, I feel I’m part of the family. Here at Penske, especially. They make you really part of the family. But I always feel like I’m part of the crew. I don’t feel like I’m above any guys. We all work as hard. They put actually more hours than I do to give me the car to be able to do this.”
Before joining Team Penske’s Verizon IndyCar Series team last season, Montoya, 39, raced for Chip Ganassi Racing in the Sprint Cup Series from 2007-13 (winning twice and making the Chase in 2009). In Formula One (where he won seven times), the Colombian drove for McLaren Mercedes in 2005-06 and from 2001-04 at BMW Williams (which loaned him to Ganassi’s IndyCar team in 1999-00).
Here’s a sampling of the famous feedback he received Sunday for his second Indy 500 win: