NTT INDYCAR Series
Montoya Not Charlie Kimball’s Biggest Fan
Juan Pablo Montoya is never one to mince words, holding true to that Sunday.
Following a frantic late-race battle for spots throughout the bottom of the top 10, there were a couple of drivers not pleased with each other.
While Montoya battled Josef Newgarden for seventh, he witnessed the battle ahead of between Ryan Hunter-Reay, Helio Castroneves and Charlie Kimball.
“I’m not a big fan of how Charlie races,” Montoya said. “He’s banging people on the straightaways, sending people off the track. It’s disappointing when people race like that.”
A late-race restart with seven laps to go saw Castroneves throw a block on Kimball, followed by Kimball running Hunter-Reay off track.
“Kimball ran me off track in sixth gear,” Hunter-Reay said. “It’s something that we’ll have to go back and talk about.”
Kimball apologized afterward for not giving Hunter-Reay a lot of room. However, he remained upset with how race control handled Castroneves’ block.
Despite being critical of Kimball, Montoya praised the race he had with Newgarden.
“We raced, but we gave each other room,” he said. “We were going at it, but giving each other room. I’m okay with that. I’m not okay with crowding people through the grass, and that’s Charlie.
“I’m just being honest. Ask others and they’ll tell you the same thing.”
It isn’t the first time Montoya has expressed his displeasure with Kimball, as the pair had a run-in at Barber Motorsports Park last season. Through turns eight and nine late in the race, Montoya muscled Kimball out of the way. Montoya reacted afterward by saying Kimball “didn’t give me a freaking inch” and asking why he should in return.
Montoya finished the Kohler Grand Prix on Sunday in the seventh spot.
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