Montoya and Gordon to make their Revival debuts in 2019
Two of the most recognisable names in American motorsport will make their first visit to the Goodwood Revival this year, with Jeff Gordon and Juan Pablo Montoya both hopping across the pond for the 2019 event.
Gordon has never been able to make the trip over to West Sussex for any of the Goodwood events, with the famously intense NASCAR calendar always getting in the way. Now that the four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion has hung up his racing suit in favour of the commentator’s blazer, his television commitments have finally given him the opportunity to sample the delights of Goodwood.
The Californian, who holds the title of NASCAR’s “iron man” owing to his streak of 797 consecutive race starts, and who also has two stretches of Interstate in Indiana and North Carolina named after him, will be on hand to drive demonstration laps in September.
Meanwhile, Colombian Montoya will be making his first visit to Goodwood since 2003, where he visited the Festival of Speed as part of the BMW Williams F1 Team. He almost brought the Festival to a standstill as thousands upon thousands of Colombian fans made the pilgrimage to see their national hero.
A two-time Indy 500 winner and 1999 CART Champion (winning both in rookie seasons, no less), Montoya is one of only two people to currently hold two legs of motorsport’s Triple Crown (the other being Fernando Alonso), having won the Monaco Grand Prix as well as his brace of Indy 500 victories. He will be hoping to add yet another win to his already impressive CV, this time in classic machinery as he prepares to slot behind the wheel at the Revival for his first competitive Goodwood appearance.
Gordon and Montoya will join an illustrious list of Stateside legends to have starred at the Goodwood Revival, including Bobby Rahal, Dan Gurney and Danny Sullivan.