Indy 500 champion raises funds for 100 bicycles in Colombia

In 2016, Indy 500 defending champion Juan Pablo Montoya celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Indy 500 by making an impact off the track. His foundation Formula Smiles partnered with Postobon and World Bicycle Relief to do good. The goal: to raise awareness among Montoya fans and race enthusiasts and to fund 100 bicycles for students in Colombia.

To rally supporters, Juan Pablo Montoya pledged to match the first 100 bicycles donated to World Bicycle Relief.

In Colombia, distance prevents children from attending school. After walking long distances, students are often tired and their academic performance suffers. With a reliable bicycle, student attendance and academic performance improve.

Mi Bici distributes bicycles to Colombian students to improve education quality and student performance. Through high-impact innovative solutions, Postobon’s Mi Bici contributes to Colombia’s development. Formula Smiles and Postobon have partnered with World Bicycle Relief to deliver the bicycles.

“The 100th running of the Indy 500 is a special event. To celebrate this milestone and to add to its significance, I wanted to make an impact off the track. Through my foundation, Formula Smiles, we have partnered with World Bicycle Relief and Postobon to raise funds for 100 bicycles for students in Colombia through the Mi Bici program. I invite everyone to support our efforts to ensure that more Colombian children have fewer obstacles to overcome and they are better equipped to access an education.”
– Juan Pablo Montoya

 

In addition to racing the Indy 500, Juan Pablo Montoya hosted a Fast Lap competition at K1 Speed in Indianapolis in May. Participants could race against Montoya for a chance to join him at a K1 fundraising event on May 24th.

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