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Could Andretti, Montoya team up in IndyCar?

Aug 19, 2013, 1:34 PM EDT

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Two former open-wheel rivals, Michael Andretti and Juan Pablo Montoya, may join forces in the IZOD IndyCar Series if sponsorship can be found for the latter.

Montoya (pictured), the 1999 CART champion and 2000 Indianapolis 500 winner, was recently told by Earnhardt Ganassi Racing that he would not be back in their No. 42 Sprint Cup drive in 2014 after a seven-year run in stock cars.

With the Colombian now on the hunt for a new gig, everything’s on the table – including a return to IndyCar. And according to The Associated Press, Andretti has reached out to him about just that.

“I have talked to Juan about IndyCar and told him ‘Hell yeah, let’s find a way to put something together,'” Andretti told the AP’s Jenna Fryer 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.”

Andretti’s discussions with Montoya will add even more attention to the future plans of four-time IndyCar champs Andretti Autosport.

James Hinchcliffe is in the final year of his contract with the team, and it’s defintely possible that the Canadian fan favorite – who has won three times in 2013 – could head off to another squad.

Fryer reports that AA is also trying to create a deal for Carlos Munoz, who made a name for himself after finishing runner-up in this past May’s Indianapolis 500.

Needless to say, there’s a lot of work ahead for the team to get everything sorted out.

  1. f1fan1 - Aug 19, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Hope Montoya ends up with another Cup ride, although I don’t see many openings with teams that could compete for wins. If not Cup, I would think WEC or USCR would be the best place for Juan. I can’t see why he’d have any use for the IRL.

  2. bigdcart - Aug 19, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    I’d love it. Get JPM and AJA back in the series and have at it.

  3. midtec2005 - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    I honestly don’t think he would sniff the front in Indycar. Not because he isn’t talented, but he’s older, out of shape, and it’s been a while. He should do sports cars or find another cup ride. But I’m sure he will work something out.

  4. snoopyo - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    midtec good point there about the age if I was Michael I would be more concerned on keeping Hinch then adding Juan.Hinch is younger and has better years ahead of him then Montoya does.Michael says Juan is one of the best he has raced against but I can name plenty of drivers Michael raced against that were better then Juan for instance his dad Mario. More guys Michael raced against who were better Emmo, Senna, Prost , Zanardi,Schumacher, Rahal, Mears, De Ferran and Greg Moore to name a few. It will be interesting to see if the Chipster adds a 4th car because if he does then it opens up the possibility of either Hinch ,TK, Juan or someone else coming there.

  5. snoopyo - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    Its sad that GoDaddy has not fully committed to Hinch the driver they sponsor who does win them races. It will be sadder if GoDaddy doesn’t come back to sponsor him but sponsors Princess Sparkle Pony while she runs at the back of the pack in stock cars.

  6. randominternetpunter - Aug 20, 2013 at 2:55 AM

    Oh Dear..

  7. purplesectornet - Aug 25, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    He should have left Ganassi a long time ago…the fact is the car just isn’t very competitive…

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