Not done yet? Montoya could return to Cup — if only briefly
Juan Pablo Montoya’s days in NASCAR might not be over after all. Although Montoya, 38, has signed up to drive the No. 2 Team Penske IndyCar, a return to stock cars — with another attempt at winning the Brickyard 400 — is not out of the question.
"Obviously, it’s something that we’ve talked about, to be honest with you," Roger Penske said during the Sprint Media Tour on Wednesday. "Let’s just see how the season goes. If we would run him, we’d have to get him in a race before that. So that’s kind of the thought we have. It’s a great idea and one we’ve thought about."
Despite Penske’s championships, wins and accomplishments in racing, the Captain is still missing a Brickyard 400 trophy.
"One thing that we want to make sure we give Roger at some point in time is a Brickyard victory because I think if there’s one guy in this room that needs one of those, it’s him," said Team Penske president Tim Cindric. "All of the other things are obviously very important, but that’s one of the things we need to make sure he has at some point."
If Montoya joins the Brickyard mix, Penske would have three chances to bring home the hardware. Penske acknowledged that there was room in his trophy case, "Right in the center!"
Winning the Brickyard 400 would make Montoya the first driver to take both that race and the Indianapolis 500. He won the Indy 500 in 2000 while driving for Chip Ganassi.
In 253 Sprint Cup starts over seven-plus seasons, Montoya posted two victories, at Sonoma and Watkins Glen. He had dominant runs at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2009 and 2010. In 2009, Montoya led 116 of 160 laps but was penalized for speeding on pit road.