Montoya smiling for charity

Montoya smiling for charity

Juan Pablo Montoya may not have won his charity karting race at Cartagena, Colombia, on the weekend but he was pleased with the overall success of the event. Montoya's charity, 'Formula Smiles', was founded to assist Colombian children in need...

Juan Pablo Montoya may not have won his charity karting race at Cartagena, Colombia, on the weekend but he was pleased with the overall success of the event. Montoya's charity, 'Formula Smiles', was founded to assist Colombian children in need and Formula One drivers such as Williams tester Marc Gen?, Antonio Pizzonia and McLaren tester Pedro de la Rosa took part.

Juan Pablo Montoya.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.
Stars from US series' CART and IRL included Adri?n Fernandez, Mario Dominguez, Robert Brown, Scott Dixon and Felipe Giaffone.

"Things couldn't have turned out better," said Montoya. "We ran, we amused people and we took emotions to all the Colombians. With our foundation we now intend to support the children and for that we need the support of the whole country."

Formula 3000 driver Ricardo Sperafico won the race on the streets of Cartagena, from Giaffone and Pizzonia. "It was a great race at a high level of competition," said Sperafico. "However, the most important thing here was not to come first, but to support the charity Juan Pablo and his wife have been organising to support Colombian children in need."

Montoya also recently took part in Brazilian distance karting race the Granja Viana 500 Miles. He and teammates Pizzonia, South American F3 driver Danilo Dirani and six-time Brazil national kart champion Paulo Carcasci finished 17th after a string of technical problems.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams McLaren , Williams