Entering Le Mans for a shot at the Triple Crown? Montoya “would think about it”

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Juan Pablo Montoya has admitted that he would consider racing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans for a shot at the prestigious ‘Triple Crown of Motorsport’ if the conditions were right.

The Verizon IndyCar Series leader is a two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, and has also won the Monaco Grand Prix, making Le Mans the only event he is missing from the Triple Crown.

Graham Hill is the only driver to have won all three races. The Briton’s first Monaco victory came in 1963 before winning at the Brickyard three years later. He then won at Le Mans in 1972.

In the modern era, drivers switching between disciplines has become increasingly uncommon, making Montoya the only active racer to have completed two of the three legs of the trifecta.

Speaking at the FIA Sport Conference in Mexico City this week, the Colombian admitted that his thoughts on Le Mans have changed in recent years, but he would only give it a shot in the right car.

“Five years ago, I couldn’t care,” Montoya said.

“Today? Maybe if I had a shot to be in the right car, I would think about it.

“But I’m so happy in IndyCar right now. I really love what I do. I love racing for Roger [Penske].”

Ahead of this weekend’s ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at the Milwaukee Mile, Montoya leads the IndyCar standings by 46 points from Penske teammate Will Power. You can read our full preview of the race here.

Formula One names Stefano Domenicali as its new CEO

Stefano Domenicali named F1 CEO
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Former Ferarri chief Stefano Domenicali was named the new president and CEO of F1, replacing Chase Carey in January 2021, Liberty Media announced Friday.

Domenicali, 55, will join Formula One from Lamborghini, where he had been CEO and president.

He worked on Ferrari’s F1 team for nearly 20 years, becoming the team principal in 2008. He left in 2014 and worked at Audi before joining Lamborghini.

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“I am thrilled to join the Formula 1 organization, a sport that has always been part of my life,” Domenicali said in a release. “I was born in Imola and live in Monza.  I’ve remained connected to the sport through my work with the Single Seater Commission at the FIA and I look forward to connecting with the teams, promoters, sponsors and many partners in Formula 1 as we continue to drive the business ahead.

“The past six years at Audi and then leading Lamborghini have given me broader perspective and experience that I will bring to Formula 1.”

Carey, who had led F1 since Liberty’s Formula One Group took control of the organization in 2017, will move to the role of non-executive chairman.

“Chase has done a phenomenal job leading F1,” Liberty Media President and CEO Greg Maffei said in a statement. “He assembled a first-class commercial and sporting organization that has a long list of achievements, including broadening the appeal of the sport, growing its digital presence, establishing new technical regulations, securing a cost cap for the first time and reaching a new more equitable Concorde agreement with the teams.  His actions have reinforced F1 as the pinnacle of motorsport.”

Said Carey: “It has been an honor to lead Formula 1, a truly global sport with a storied past over the last seventy years. I’m proud of the team that’s not only navigated through an immensely challenging 2020 but returned with added purpose and determination in the areas of sustainability, diversity and inclusion.  I’m confident that we’ve built the strong foundation for the business to grow over the long term.”