Juan Pablo Montoya Easily Handles the Heat in Rochester
Defending WGI Champ Fires Things up with Junior Chefs and then gets “Grilled” by Fans
WGI President and Juan Pablo Montoya receive guidance from the students of the Junior Chefs Program.
WATKINS GLEN, NY – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Juan Pablo Montoya had no problem dealing with two types of heat while bouncing around Upstate New York on the afternoon of Thursday, July 14. The defending Glen champion was joined by Michael Printup, president of Watkins Glen International, as he stopped at the New York Wine and Culinary Center in Canandaigua, NY to cook up some fun with the Junior Chefs and then swung into Buffalo Wild Wings in Rochester, NY to get “grilled” during an exclusive Q&A with approximately 25 long-time WGI ticket holders. Montoya looks to return to Gatorade Victory Lane at the historic road course following the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen on Sunday, August 14.
The Junior Chefs program was developed by the New York Wine and Culinary Center to teach team work, knife skills, kitchen sanitation and safety, menu planning, recipe development, and various cooking methods. Montoya and Printup dove right into the food preparation and cooking phases to help the children prepare their lunch for the day. The ages of the children ranged between 8 and 13 years old and each of the 18 participants got the chance to work directly with both the two-time Sprint Cup race winner and WGI president. The entire class was run under the watchful eye of Chef Jeff Christian and additional members of the staff at the New York Wine & Culinary Center to ensure safety and provide any quick assistance to make sure the food came out just right. The meal was comprised of locally produced shredded beef, yellow and red peppers, rice, red onions, black beans and plantains. After spending a little over a half hour working with the class, Montoya was more than a little impressed.
“I was really amazed to see all those kids cooking, properly cooking,” he said. “There were eight year olds with knifes and they were using them properly, too. These kids are the future fans of our sports and it’s great to spend time with them.”
Montoya then headed over to Buffalo Wild Wings in Henrietta, NY where he took about 20 minutes to share some thoughts, stories, and laughs with the fans in attendance. He expressed his opinion on running “The Boot,” spoke about the differences between NASCAR and F1 and how much he is looking forward to returning to The Glen in August.
“I look forward to coming to The Glen, it’s a hell of a time,” said Montoya. “The corners are really fast and it brings the best out of the drivers. It is one of the best races to go to and I think this year we will be pretty good again.”
The long-time ticket holders in attendance thoroughly enjoyed the chance to ask the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates driver any question that came to mind and each one walked away with an autographed hero card at the end of the Q&A session. The excitement of the room was noticeable as they too are preparing to return to The Soul of American Road Racing to watch the return of the NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR Nationwide, and GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series in just one month.Tickets for the 2011 race season at Watkins Glen International are on sale now! Fans can order their tickets or get more information by calling the WGI ticket office at 866-461-RACE (7223) or visiting the official website www.TheGlen.com. Gift certificates and track merchandise can all be purchased at The Shop located at 2 North Franklin Street in downtown Watkins Glen. The Shop is open Monday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and on Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Keep up with the latest happenings at The Glen by visiting the official Watkins Glen International Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/watkinsgleninternational, and following WGI on Twitter, @WGI.