Montoya at Petrobras event

Juan Pablo Montoya was in Sao Paulo last weekend for the Petrobras Motor Sports Day. The event, co-ordinated by the BMW WilliamsF1 Team's fuel supplier, brought together Petrobras' broad portfolio of motorsport activities in celebration of its...

Juan Pablo Montoya was in Sao Paulo last weekend for the Petrobras Motor Sports Day. The event, co-ordinated by the BMW WilliamsF1 Team's fuel supplier, brought together Petrobras' broad portfolio of motorsport activities in celebration of its 50th year in the industry.

Juan Pablo Montoya.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.
The event attracted over 20,000 spectators to the Anhembi Sambadrome, a purpose-built facility within the city itself. Visitors were treated to a variety of breathtaking displays from a wide range of motorsport categories including Kart, Mini-Baja, Stock cars, Formula Truck, TC 2000 and Pick-Up Racing. Also demonstrating their skills were the Petrobras Team, who are competing in this year's Paris Dakar Rally.

The highlight of the day's events was the appearance of Juan Pablo Montoya, who took to the track in his 2002 race winning FW24 and entertained the crowd with high-speed demo runs, controlled starts and plenty of spectacular doughnuts. The effervescent Colombian then took to the wheel of a very different machine. For the first time ever, Juan Pablo drove a Formula Truck vehicle, to the delight of the spectators.

In a press conference later that day, Juan highlighted the importance of the role Petrobras plays in motorsport: "Petrobras has the best fuel in the world. A good part of the BMW WilliamsF1 Team's performance in the Championship is due to the quality of the fuel. A good fuel is directly related to a Formula One car's power, consumption and performance. It is impressive to see a company that is so large and good for automobile racing in Latin America such as Petrobras."

The day, however, was not all about motorsport. Before the press conference, Montoya handed over a cheque for R$150,000 to Jos? Graziano, Brazil's Minister for Food. The impressive sum will be used to help support the Federal Government's "Programa Fome Zero" (Zero Hunger Programme). The amount was raised through the sale of driver caps in BR petrol stations over the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Williams