Check out this great video of a Torch Red Corvette ZR1 driven hard by the very capable Juan Pablo Montoya at the Milford Proving Ground’s road course affectionately known as the Lutz Ring. Montoya currently drives a Chevy in NASCAR and won the checkered flag two weeks ago at Watkins Glen. So what did he do to celebrate his win? By scaring the hell out of people who rode shotgun in the ZR1.
Here is a quick Q & A with Montoya:
DID YOU DO ANYTHING TO CELEBRATE THE WATKINS GLEN WIN?
“No, I didn’t. I went home and said hi to the family and the baby and went to sleep and Monday was kind of with the family because I left Tuesday and went to St. Jude Hospital and the Target House Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday I was at the GM Proving Ground (Milford, MI) driving a Corvette and scaring people around. That was a lot of fun. I scared a lot of people (laughs); that was fun. It’s a really, really cool little race track with up and down and off-camber corners. If you’re going to build a circuit, you should go and see that before you do something because it was wow.”
HOW SCARED WERE THE PEOPLE?
“Oh, they were sweating a lot and I was driving the car over two laps. I was kind of surprised (laughs). It was fun. I don’t know how they do it but I took all the tracking control and stability controls and switched everything off. You’re power-sliding and spinning the tires in fourth gear and things like that. When you’re trying to hang onto the car at 150 mph with a passenger beside you; you’ve got to be on it and you’re driving the car. I mean as a passenger, I wouldn’t be my own passenger. Put it that way (more laughter).”
WHO WAS SCARED THE MOST?
“Oh, some were trying to film and they were bouncing around. I said do you want me to take it a little slower and they are like no, and so I am like okay.”
WAS IT YOUR GOAL TO SHAKE THEM UP A LITTLE BIT?
“No, I drove within reason. I leave always a little bit of margin, especially in the faster corners. The slower ones, I really go at it and do a little drifting here and there and it’s just fun. It becomes fun for me as well because you’re enjoying yourself and I was very impressed with the car. I was really impressed with the car. I drove a Corvette many years ago, but when you drive on the street you never really know what the car can do. And this was like a track day. And this was an awesome race track. So it was fun.”