Indianapolis Motor Speedway Juan Pablo Montoya Teleconference Transcript Aug. 17, 2001 Part I Coordinator: Good morning and thank you all for holding. I'd like to inform all parties that their lines have been placed on the listen-only mode...
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Juan Pablo Montoya Teleconference Transcript
Aug. 17, 2001
Coordinator: Good morning and thank you all for holding. I'd like to inform all parties that their lines have been placed on the listen-only mode until the question and answer segment of today's call. I would also like to inform all parties that today's call is being recorded and if you have any objections to disconnect at this time.
I would now like to turn the call over to Mr. Paul Kelly. Thank you. Sir, you may begin.
P. Kelly: Thank you, Dawn. I appreciate it. Welcome, everyone, this morning to our teleconference for the SAP United States Grand Prix. Our guest will be Juan Pablo Montoya, driver for the BMW WilliamsF1 team. First a few words about the race, and then an introduction for our guest.
The SAP United States Grand Prix is September 28th through the 30th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Practice is Friday, qualifying Saturday, with the race on Sunday.
Tickets are still available for the race. The phone number to call is 800-822-INDY, or ticket forms can be downloaded at usgpindy.com.
Now on to our guest. Juan Pablo Montoya is making quite a many headlines this year as a rookie with the BMW WilliamsF1 team, enjoying one of the strongest rookie seasons in a generation in Formula One.
He's had second-place finishes at the Spanish Grand Prix and at the European Grand Prix at the Nürburgring. He won his first career poll at the last event in the German Grand Prix. He's led 86 laps this year. He's sixth in the driver's championship with 15 points, and he has quite a racing resume as he won the 2000 Indianapolis 500, dominating that race by leading 167 of the 200 laps. He won the 1999 CART FedEx championship as a rookie, and he won the 1998 FIA F3000 championship before coming across to the United States to race. Juan, thanks for joining us today.
J. Montoya: Thank you very much.
P. Kelly: A quick question to open it up - you probably have run more laps at Indianapolis than any driver in this year's USGP except for Jacques Villeneuve, but none are on the road circuits. How do you prepare for the road circuit, and how well-suited is it to the Compaq BMW Williams car?
J. Montoya: I think the circuit is pretty good. I drove it around when they were building it back in 1999 and 2000, before the Indy 500. So I know the circuit quite well in that perspective.
It's a pretty good circuit. I think it's a circuit where we should be very strong, because I think power does count, and I think we've got plenty of that.
P. Kelly: Right. OK, we'll turn it over to the media. Dawn and media, if I could just let you know, we only have Juan for about another 25 minutes as he must attend a mandatory driver's briefing at the Hungary Grand Prix, so we ask that you limited your questions to one at a time at each round, with a possible follow-up rounds if time permits.
We also ask that if you could, limit your questions to those about the United States Grand Prix, and we'd appreciate that, if possible. Dawn, let's open it up for questions.
Coordinator: Thank you. Bob Margolis, you may ask your question, and please state your affiliation.
B. Margolis: Bob Margolis with the Sporting News. Buenas tardes, Juan Pablo. Good to talk to you again.
J. Montoya: Hello, how are you doing?
B. Margolis: Good, good. Can you talk a little bit about the difference in the mental attitude from going from a series like CART, which was really a driver's series, to Formula One, which is a driver's series and a car series? The car makes a big difference there.
J. Montoya: Well, I think both circuits, you know, the driver counts. I don't know. I think Formula One, you've got to be competitive to be able to win it, and I think CART you can win not from any team, but there is a wider range of things you could win.
So as long as your here in a competitive team, what happens is you're going to be strong in some places, some others you won't be so strong. But, you know, I think mentally it is very tough, Formula One. It's a bit stronger mentally than in Formula One. You've got to be a lot stronger. I think the cars are a bit more complicated than the Champ Cars.
B. Margolis: Thank you Juan Pablo, and good luck this weekend.
J. Montoya: Thank you.
Coordinator: Thank you. Paul Kaminski, you may ask your question, and please state your affiliation.
P. Kaminski: Westwood Motor Sports Radio. Juan, does the fact that you've won the Indianapolis 500 still get you a lot of respect among your peers over in F1? I know some people might have said, "Hey, that's oval racing," and you guys were doing the most competitive, perhaps complicated, road racing in the world. Talk about going over there as an Indy 500 champion and what doors it has opened for you.
J. Montoya: Well I think it's part of all my resume, you know. Winning the Indy 500, winning the CART Championship have been the biggest two goals I've done in my career, and I think that it's something really special. I think it's in my heart, and I've got great memories from that. It does give you, people know what you are made of basically.
P. Kaminski: OK, well, got to go get Mr. Bib his first win.
J. Montoya: Yes.
P. Kaminski: Thanks.
Coordinator: Thank you. Kevin Ma, you may ask your question, and please state your affiliation.
K. Ma: Hello, New York Post. Juan, you are very competitive this year, but yet you have so many DNF's so far. How did your experience from last year come into play where you were in a situation with Ganassi in CART?
J. Montoya: Well, you know in Ganassi the second year, we had a lot of problems as well in the car. There was a lot DNF's, like 14 or 15 DNF's in a year, and that was very difficult. I thought when I was going to come here it was going to be much better in that perspective, but you know, it's been very tough. I would say I've been very lucky in some perspectives. I haven't done many mistakes in the races.
You know, that's racing. You can't really do anything about it. You have just got to work with the team to make it better.
K. Ma: Thank you Juan, and good luck in Hungary.
J. Montoya: Thank you very much.
Coordinator: Daniel Levert, you may ask your question, and please state your affiliation.
D. Levert: Hello Juan. Daniel Levert for F1 Instinct First Agency. Having run in Indianapolis for the Indy 500 and now running for the USGP, mentally how do you prepare for the two kinds of races, one an oval and one a road circuit?
J. Montoya: Well, they are two different races, and it's not that easy, you know. We've been working really hard with the team to make it possible, you know, and to go out to the Indy is going to be a hard race like any other race, and it seems in team Formula One get in the car and ride. It's a bit like in an oval, but the amount of time you can lose if the car is not really good in the set up is amazing.
Coordinator: Thank you. Dean Burdette, you may ask your question, and please state your affiliation.
D. Burdette: Dean Burdette with WPXN in Paxton and Rantoul, Illinois. Juan, I guess you are a very aggressive driver and you have been. I guess my question to you would be where did you first start racing to make you that type of a driver?
J. Montoya: I started in go-karts, and I don't consider myself that aggressive. I think I am as aggressive as any other driver here. I think, of course, there are smoother drivers and more aggressive drivers. I think I could be, within the smooth drivers, I could be quite aggressive, but I don't know.
It's just that I'll do anything for winning. You know, you have to really push it to the edge, and you've got to really find it.
D. Burdette: Thank you.
Coordinator: Thank you. Curt Cavin, you may ask your question, and please state your affiliation.
C. Cavin: Juan, we know you're an independent kind of guy from your days in (unintelligible). Does F1 allow for any type of friendships between drivers and people outside the team and even with your own teammate? Or is it just kind of discouraged, it's so competitive?
J. Montoya: Well, it is very competitive, but it is not something that - I don't know, you don't really talk to anybody, to be honest. I thought you would, but you don't. You are more into yourself and you're so busy all day that you don't get much time to spare to talk to other drivers.
C. Cavin: And your teammate?
J. Montoya: I think he is the person that I least talk to.