Montoya would consider Risi drive should opportunity arise


Juan Pablo Montoya turned some laps with Risi Competizione at Sebring - Credit: Richard Dole/LAT Images, courtesy of IMSA

After getting the opportunity to test with Risi Competizione at the Sebring International Raceway on Friday, Juan Pablo Montoya has admitted that he would be interested in racing for the team should the opportunity arise.

The Colombian, who stepped away from a full-time ride with Team Penske in the Verizon IndyCar Series this year but will still compete in the Indianapolis 500 with the squad, has been linked with a drive in a Penske-run DPi prototype in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2018.

But he took to the Sebring track in Risi’s Ferrari 488 GTE for a handful of laps, and admitted to having fun even if it is completely different to what he has raced in before.

“It’s fun, it’s different,” admitted Montoya. “I only ran, probably, eight laps just to get the hang of it a little and I’m going to try to get in a little bit later. I’ve never really run the big [3.74-mile] track here. It’s pretty bumpy.

“Prototypes drive more like an open-wheel car. This is very different. There’s a lot of pitch movement in the cars, it’s kind of tricky.

“It’s very easy to get it wrong. It’s like, you go in one time and it’s like, ‘Oh, it turns.’ The next time you go in, it doesn’t and the next time you go in, it goes smooth. It’s very hard to be consistent.”