Montoya to compete in Granja Viana

Quite obviously Juan Pablo can't do without racing -- even in his leisure time. In the course of the coming weeks will contest two races in South America. Already last year BMW WilliamsF1 Team driver Juan Pablo Montoya had taken part in the...

Quite obviously Juan Pablo can't do without racing -- even in his leisure time. In the course of the coming weeks will contest two races in South America.

Already last year BMW WilliamsF1 Team driver Juan Pablo Montoya had taken part in the annual 500 miles kart race 'Granja Viana' near Sao Paulo but had been beaten by Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello. Now the Colombian will return to strike back.

Juan Pablo Montoya.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.
The 500 miles of Granja Viana are the biggest karting event all over Brazil, attracting many major names of the world of motor racing year after year. This Saturday, November 8th, the 2003 issue of the race will take place, supplying the spectators at the 1200 metre circuit with 12 hours of pure and intense racing over a distance of amazing 670 laps. 70 teams will be on the grid, each of them formed by three drivers at least.

One of the team mates of Juan Pablo Montoya will be Antonio Pizzonia. This is not the first time that the Brazilian and Juan Pablo have been team mates, as Pizzonia -- GP driver for Jaguar in the first half of the 2003 season -- has been BMW WilliamsF1 Team test driver until the end of 2002. The third and the fourth drivers of Juan Pablo's team won't be announced until short before the start of the race.

Once again the team of the two time winner and current title holder Rubens Barrichello might be the biggest threat for Montoya's ambition to win the event. The Ferrari driver has teamed up with Felipe Massa, Marco Andretti and Tony Kanaan.

But the 500 miles of Granja Viana won't be the end of Juan Pablo's racing activities this winter. Just one week later he will be on the grid of the 'Formula Smiles' charity race in Cartagena, Columbia, co-organised by his wife Connie. The proceeds of this event will be used for a support program for Columbian street children.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Ferrari , Williams