With Juan Pablo Montoya set to lose his seat at Earnhardt-Ganassi in NASCAR at the end of the season, Michael Andretti is trying to put an IndyCar deal together for him:
“I have talked to Juan about IndyCar and told him `Hell yeah, let’s find a way to put something together,’ ” Andretti told The Associated Press on Monday. “I’ve driven against him and I think he’s one of the best drivers I’ve ever driven against. It just comes down to sponsorship. So we’re looking, and if it’s a possibility, we want to do something with him.”
I think it’d be great news for IndyCar on an international level as well. I know plenty of people who love Montoya, but don’t care for NASCAR. Maybe this could restore some of their international following as well.
I think Michael needs to talk to Vaseline or other lubricants for sponsorship, Montoya might need it to fit in the car! ;)
@sigman1998 he’s still younger than the current championship leader, Castroneves (who is 38) and 4x champ Franchitti (40). Most of the other top drivers are in their 30s, too. IndyCar drivers tend to have much longer careers than F1 drivers do.
He left F1 because he wasn’t enjoying all the drama and if anything; that’s gotten worse. Not to mention F1 teams being much stricter on age. If anyone other than Michael Schumacher pursued a Mercedes seat for 2010 nearing 40, they would have laughed. (technically he was asked, but still.)
Great excuse for watching THAT pole lap again @keithcollantine! I think it would really be a good move for Indycar to have him back. I would hope he sheds 20 kg and does become a front runner if it happens.
If Bernie would run indycar be sure he would be pulling a lot of strings to get this deal done.
Imagine the publicity this would get!
Hope if he does it, he can be a championship contender.
He has had the bad luck of being against a dominant Ferrari back in the F1 days.