After winning his second Indy 500 this year, speculation for racing legend Juan Pablo Montoya to take on the challenge of Le Mans has increased ten fold. Montoya, the only active driver to have wins at Indy and Monaco to his name could, with a win at La Sarthe, become only the second man in history to claim racing’s elusive Triple Crown. British super star Graham Hill is the only man to achieve the feat so far, when he completed the third leg by winning Le Mans in 1972 driving with Henri Pescarolo.
Montoya took a step in the direction of history today by visiting the Porsche team garage at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas as the team made its preparations for this weekends WEC round; the 6 hours of the Circuit of the Americas. The friendly invitation has turned to serious speculation and talks of a potential test with the team’s top flight 919 hybrid, WEC’s current car to beat after claiming back to back victories at Le Mans and the Nurburgring.
It’s a question I have asked Juan twice, hoping to cajole the hard headed star into action. Slowly but surely others have asked the same thing, and his initial resistance to the idea seems to have turned to excitement. It would be a perfect way to put an exclamation mark on an exceptional career that many will argue had even more potential than results. It’s hard to say no when Porsche comes knocking on your door.