FILE - In this May 19, 2013, file photo, Carlos Munoz, of Colombia, prepares to practice on the second day of qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. Munoz will start the race in the middle of the first row. The last rookie driver to start on the front row was another Colombian, Juan Pablo Montoya, who qualified second in 2000 and dominated the race en route to his only Indy win. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File0 (The Associated Press)
Carlos Munoz, of Colombia, leads a pack through the first turn during the final practice session for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Friday, May 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Tom Strattman) (The Associated Press)
INDIANAPOLIS – Carlos Munoz hopes to follow in the footsteps of his idol, fellow Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya, by winning from the front row as a rookie in Sunday's Indianapolis 500.
With the backing of powerhouse team Andretti Autosport, Munoz qualified second for the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing," just like Montoya did when he won the race in 2000.
The go-for-broke attitude that landed Munoz on the front row also has some of his fellow drivers nervous. Pippa Mann says she'd like to see Munoz "settle down a little bit," and Graham Rahal said Munoz has been getting away with stuff that would usually end up in a wreck.
One thing is certain: Everybody is curious to see how Munoz fares on race day.