Cindric on Montoya’s Penske future: “The ball’s in his court”

Penske Racing president Tim Cindric has confirmed that Juan Pablo Montoya still has an offer to remain with the team but that the Colombian is seeking a full-time ride elsewhere.

Cindric on Montoya’s Penske future: “The ball’s in his court”
Tim Cindric
Juan Pablo Montoya, Team Penske Chevrolet
Bodywork for Juan Pablo Montoya, Team Penske Chevrolet
2015 Indy 500 winning owner Roger Penske and Winning Driver Juan Pablo Montoya with the Borg-Warner Trophy

In a media teleconference with Montoya’s replacement in the #2 Penske-Chevrolet, Josef Newgarden, Cindric said of Montoya’s future prospects with the team: “It’s still something we’re working through. We sat down with Juan in Toronto [mid-July] and said we wouldn’t make any decisions moving forward until the end of the season, and we wanted to understand what our options were.

“We were very upfront about that whole situation, and all along we’ve said that we would like him to be part of our team in the future. That doesn’t necessarily mean driving our #2 car full-time. We talked to him about the fact we’ve got a seat for him at Indy if he wants one, and if we do a sportscar program, we want him to be involved in it.

“At that point in time, he said ‘I at least want to drive another season in IndyCar. I don’t want this to be my last season. If it had been last year [when Montoya won the Indy 500 and finished runner-up in the championship] it would have been a little easier to take. But I feel like I have some unfinished business.’

“So we agreed to explore different options. So what he’s trying to do now is explore if there’s a full-season ride available. We’ve said our offer is open to him, and we’d love for him to continue with our team. It’s just something we needed to decide – whether we were going to position ourselves to [run Montoya] for another year and miss our opportunity to have Josef as part of our team for the future.

“It was a real difficult decision for us because Juan’s really been a big part of our success. Despite where he finished this year [eighth in the championship with one win], he really pushed our guys very hard, he’s been a great guy to work with, and we’d love to continue working with him in the future.

“So really the ball’s in his court. It’s not the first choice for him, but we’d like to continue some association if it makes sense for him.”

shares
comments
Rossi gains ex-Newgarden race engineer

Previous article

Rossi gains ex-Newgarden race engineer

Next article

Newgarden: “You feel pressure wherever you are”

Newgarden: “You feel pressure wherever you are”
Load comments
Remembering Dan Wheldon and his last and most amazing win Prime

Remembering Dan Wheldon and his last and most amazing win

Saturday, Oct. 16th, marks the 10th anniversary Dan Wheldon’s death. David Malsher-Lopez pays tribute, then asks Wheldon’s race engineer from 2011, Todd Malloy, to recall that magical second victory at the Indianapolis 500.

IndyCar
Oct 16, 2021
Have Harvey and RLL formed IndyCar’s next winning match-up? Prime

Have Harvey and RLL formed IndyCar’s next winning match-up?

Jack Harvey’s move to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing sparked plenty of debate, but their combined strength could prove golden, says David Malsher-Lopez.

IndyCar
Oct 15, 2021
Why Kyle Kirkwood is America's new IndyCar ace-in-waiting Prime

Why Kyle Kirkwood is America's new IndyCar ace-in-waiting

Kyle Kirkwood, the record-setting junior formula driver, sealed the Indy Lights championship last weekend. But despite an absurdly strong résumé and scholarship money, his next move is far from clear. By David Malsher-Lopez.

IndyCar
Oct 6, 2021
2021 IndyCar title is just the start for Ganassi's newest star Prime

2021 IndyCar title is just the start for Ganassi's newest star

Alex Palou has captured Chip Ganassi Racing's 14th IndyCar drivers' championship, and in truly stellar manner. David Malsher-Lopez explains what made the Palou-Ganassi combo so potent so soon.

IndyCar
Sep 28, 2021
Why Grosjean's oval commitment shows he's serious about IndyCar Prime

Why Grosjean's oval commitment shows he's serious about IndyCar

One of motorsport’s worst-kept secrets now out in the open, and Romain Grosjean has been confirmed as an Andretti Autosport IndyCar driver in 2022. It marks a remarkable turnaround after the abrupt end to his Formula 1 career, and is a firm indication of his commitment to challenge for the IndyCar Series title  

IndyCar
Sep 24, 2021
IndyCar’s longest silly-season is still at fever pitch Prime

IndyCar’s longest silly-season is still at fever pitch

The 2021 IndyCar silly season is one of the silliest of all, but it’s satisfying to see so many talented drivers in play – including Callum Ilott. David Malsher-Lopez reports.

IndyCar
Sep 11, 2021
IndyCar young guns are great, but the elders aren’t done yet Prime

IndyCar young guns are great, but the elders aren’t done yet

The ace 20-somethings in IndyCar have risen to become title contenders, but the best of the series veterans are digging deep and responding – and will continue to do so over the next couple of years, says David Malsher-Lopez.

IndyCar
Aug 20, 2021
The F1 champion who became an Indy king in his second career Prime

The F1 champion who became an Indy king in his second career

Emerson Fittipaldi’s decision to go racing with his brother led to him falling out of F1, but he bloomed again on the IndyCar scene. NIGEL ROEBUCK considers a career of two halves

Formula 1
Jul 31, 2021