OK, we see these drivers running in circles every week, but what's it really like behind the wheel with one of them? Ben Wojdyla, a writer for Jalopnik, got a chance to find out, taking a spin with Juan Pablo Montoya at the Lutz Ring, and hoo boy, is it a trip:
When a guy like Juan Pablo is at the wheel, you're fighting for breath. He's fearless. After one get-to-know-you lap, he lets loose with a nearly creepy combination of God-like skill and Jedi-like concentration. No corner is ever fast enough, there's no such thing as a perfect line. You're just there as a witness to his obsession, if you black out in pursuit of speed, so be it. The things this guy does with a car make you question established scientific fact. Gravity, coefficient of friction, inertia, these are only speedbumps in his quest for a quicker lap time.
Ah, but those are just words. Let's go to the video:
Yeah, uh ... that looks kind of cool. And that's when Montoya is calm. Imagine how it is when he's losing his mind, which happens almost every Sunday.