IndyCar, Formula 1 and NASCAR star Juan Pablo Montoya will make his World of Outlaws Sprint Car series debut Wednesday. Sort of.
The winner of 15 IndyCar/CART races, seven Formula 1 races, two NASCAR Cup races and six Grand Am/IMSA races will be vying for his first Outlaws sprint car victory in Wednesday night’s Pro Invitational Series iRacing event on a virtual Knoxville Raceway.
“Ready to play in the dirt tomorrow night when I make my @WorldofOutlaws debut at the virtual Knoxville Raceway in this awesome @Snapon_Tools
sprint car,’ Montoya tweeted Tuesday.
This will mark Montoya’s first time behind the wheel of a sprint car but not his first dirt track attempt. Montoya finished 15th in the 2007 Prelude to the Dream at Eldora Speedway in a field of 26 Dirt Late Model cars.
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 only would be fitting if 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 — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.