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Juan Pablo Montoya and Open-Wheel Racing: Dream Pairing Only Partially Realized

As the old saying goes, “two out of three ain’t bad.” But with Juan Pablo Montoya’s impressive rally to win his second career Indianapolis 500 on Sunday—in only his third try at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing—one big question emerges from Victory Lane. What would Montoya have been able to accomplish in IndyCar if his career course didn't go in another direction—first a six-year run in Formula One and then a seven-year stint in NASCAR? And then there’s the follow-up question: Could Montoya have won another one, two, three or more Indy 500s if he had stayed in the American open-wheel world? This is not second-guessing Montoya’s career moves. When he went to F1 and then NASCAR, he di...

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