According to recent reports, Juan Pablo Montoya, who recently lost his NASCAR Sprint Cup ride with Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing, would be a welcome addition to the IndyCar paddock. The only problem would be: does he want to return, and can he find a competitive seat.
“It would be nice to see him with a smile on his face,” said Dario Franchitti, a longtime teammate who drives for Ganassi’s IndyCar team.
Michael Andretti, owner of Andretti Autosport, who raced against Montoya in some epic battles in his CART days, thinks he can give him spot on his star-studded four car team. While fielding five cars for some organizations may be a problem, Andretti Autosport is not unfamiliar with the concept.
Michael Andretti is said to be looking for sponsors for Montoya in IndyCar. Montoya says he hasn’t decided where he’s going next, but several drivers at Sonoma Raceway think he belongs back in American open-wheel racing, which left in 2001 for Formula One, followed by an underwhelming foray into NASCAR.
“I think having Montoya in the series, or in the team, would be good,” 2012 IndyCar champ, Ryan Hunter-Reay said. “I’m open to it. I haven’t heard anything about it, (but) I think he’d be great for the series. He’s one of the top talents in the world, and it would be great to race against him.”
Some of Montoya’s open wheel battles can be seen in the videos below:[youtube id=”sZQZ6MjtGPQ” width=”633″ height=”356″]