Returning two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya says he was inspired by his tempo in IndyCar’s Indianapolis Motor Speedway check, regardless of moments that “scared the hell out of me”.
The 2000 and 2015 winner is making an attempt to qualify for his first Indy 500 since 2017 in a 3rd Arrow McLaren SP entry, having targeting sportscar racing in recent times in a stint that yielded the IMSA SportsCar Championship title in 2019.
Montoya confirmed effectively in testing on Friday, setting the third-quickest time behind former Penske team-mate Josef Newgarden and defending winner Takuma Sato.
Operating a tribute livery to mark the 50th anniversary of Peter Revson’s pole place for the 1971 Indy 500 in a McLaren M16, the Colombian seemed to be able to working a wide range of traces and passing vehicles with out the cooperation of the motive force in entrance.
However when requested about his efficiency by Autosport, Montoya stated that not every little thing had been so clean from contained in the cockpit and revealed there had been a number of events the place he had virtually been caught out in site visitors.
“I felt OK, I did not really feel nearly as good as you stated – it is nice that it appears like that!” he stated.
“I did go few vehicles and every little thing. I may transfer, I may change, I felt fairly first rate at components.
“Each run you do, you alter one thing. You do not preserve the identical automobile, preserve doing issues. You’re at all times making an attempt to enhance the sensation, enhance the automobile to possibly be extra constant in clear air, extra constant within the draft, issues like that.
“As you undergo these issues, there’s some runs that you simply go on the market and also you’re simply in the way in which, and also you hate it.
Juan Pablo Montoya, Indy 500 testing 2021
Picture by: James Black, IndyCar
“I stated like 3 times at present, ‘Hell, I am not doing this!’ Really the phrase wasn’t ‘hell’ however I am utilizing the well mannered phrase. I stated, ‘I am not doing this,’ and I bailed.
“One in every of them truly bailed and actually scared the hell out of me in [Turns] three and four. I lifted and I did not even do Flip 1. I went within the deceleration lane. I am not doing this!”
Requested to match the aeroscreen-equipped IR-18 chassis with the producer aerokit IndyCar he final raced, Montoya stated that the present iteration is “slightly more durable to drive” and exaggerated the distinction between clear air and soiled air.
“I believe the [aero] adjustments from what IndyCar did, from what everyone says, it is slightly more durable than earlier than, however not that unhealthy,” he stated.
Nonetheless, not like the 4 drivers who just lately examined with push-to-pass turbo enhance to simulate the 2023 KERS geared up engine, Montoya reckoned that to have an additional 100hp surge out there could be an excellent factor at Indy.
“It is a disgrace, that we did not [pursue its use for the race],” he stated.
“Some individuals tried the ‘push to go’ [in] the opposite check. However it could make racing extra wild, I believe.
“I do know some individuals don’t need wild – after working at present, I might be a giant fan of that push to go, to be trustworthy.”