Montoya may return to NASCAR for Brickyard
February 18, 2014, David Caraviello, NASCAR.com
Juan Pablo Montoya may have left NASCAR, but the Colombian racer may not be done with stock cars quite yet.
Montoya told reporters Tuesday at a media event for the IndyCar Series that he's still interested in running the Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where he twice came close to winning in his NASCAR career. Also a former Indianapolis 500 champion, Montoya this season will drive open-wheel cars for Roger Penske, who also fields vehicles in NASCAR.
"I think the Brickyard would be a good thing," Montoya said in Orlando, Fla. "I've been so close so many times, it would be a good way of closing that chapter with a good win there. I know Roger hasn't won there. If we could get the opportunity to do it, I think it would be pretty cool."
Montoya won twice over the course of his seven-year Sprint Cup Series career, both times at road courses. He led 116 laps in the Brickyard 400 in 2009, but finished 11th after receiving a late speeding penalty. He led 86 laps at Indy the following season, but finished 32nd after pit strategy buried him in traffic. Chip Ganassi Racing did not renew Montoya's NASCAR contract after last season, so the former Formula One star returned to open-wheel cars with Penske.
"When we had good cars, we did good. When we had bad cars, we did bad," he said of his NASCAR experience. "I think as a team we threw a lot of races away. It's part of the thing you always do."