Ricky Taylor: IMSA teammate Juan Pablo Montoya not so cutthroat, after all
Driving for Acura Team Penske in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship has confirmed everything Ricky Taylor knew about new teammate and three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves.
The same can’t be said about Taylor’s first experience in the Penske camp with two-time Indy 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya.
“Helio is just like you see in TV,” said Ricky during a break in the action at a recent go-kart event north of Tampa, Florida, where he teamed with brother and former Wayne Taylor Racing teammate Jordan Taylor. “He has time for everyone. He likes to talk with drivers, crew and fans. His career is so far ahead of everyone. He is amazing. His generosity and time for people just says so much about him”
What about Montoya, who also moved to sports cars at Penske?
“I thought he would be cutthroat, mean, ordering people around,” Ricky Taylor said. “But I was at the go-kart track recently with his son, Sebastian, and his engineer, and he was like, the nicest guy. He was buying everyone lunch. He said, ‘Don’t tell anyone. I don’t want to ruin my reputation.’
“Juan just likes everyone around him to put in the same effort as he does.”