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IndyCar: Three Columbians on the podium in Houston

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On the same day that Columbia won its FIFA World Cup knockout match, Columbians Carlos Huertas, Juan Pablo Montoya and Carlos Munoz swept the podium of race 1 at the Grand Prix of Houston.

It was obviously a special result for all three of them, but especially for 23-year-old Huertas, who scored his first win in the IndyCar series.

It was also a special race for Montoya, who enjoyed his best result since coming back to the championship after 13 years in F1 and NASCAR.

IndyCar Grand Prix of Houston Juan Pablo Montoya Carlos Huertas Carlos Munoz
Juan Pablo Montoya, Carlos Huertas and Carlos Munoz (Photo: Chris Jones)

Munoz was simply happy to be on the podium with a childhood hero: "I grew up looking at Juan Pablo how to be a professional race car driver," he said.

"He's always been an example for me and also for a lot of drivers growing up, and all the time I remember always you saying you have to be a team, you have to arrive into Formula One.

"It was nice to have when I was small as an example, and right now competing against him at the track, he's very good."