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Report: Juan Pablo Montoya will not join Andretti Autosport

Sep 14, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

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Juan Pablo Montoya‘s plans for 2014 have yet to be determined, but they won’t include an IZOD IndyCar Series drive with Andretti Autosport.

Montoya, who has been a free agent since being told by Earnhardt Ganassi Racing that he would not return to their Sprint Cup team next season, had been linked to a possible return to open-wheel racing with Michael Andretti’s team. However, per Marshall Pruett of RACER Magazine, the 1999 CART champion and 2000 Indianapolis 500 winner has informed AA that he will not be joining them.

With Ryan Newman set to jump to Richard Childress Racing next season, the No. 78 Chevrolet of Furniture Row Racing remains in play this “Silly Season,” as Kurt Busch, its current driver, will be off to Stewart-Haas Racing at that time.

FRR and Montoya have held discussions about joining forces, and last weekend at Richmond International Raceway, FRR general manager Joe Garone seemed to indicate that a decision from their camp was near.

“It’s just a process,” he explained at the time to Bob Pockrass of the Sporting News. “Part of it is you just identify where you want to go – do you want to stay with a veteran or do you want to go with a younger rookie and bring a kid up?

“We’re just trying to get through that decision. You’ve got to take Juan seriously. He’s been around a while and obviously can win races.”

Montoya has turned up the wick performance-wise since he learned of EGR’s decision to cut him loose at season’s end. He’s netted a pair of Top-10s in the last three races and will start on the inside of Row 2 for Sunday’s Chase-opening GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.

Kyle Larson will be replacing Montoya in Earnhardt Ganassi’s No. 42 machine next season.

  1. f1fan1 - Sep 14, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Glad to hear Montoya is staying in Cup. I think that the IRL would have been a choice of last resort if he literally had no other options.

    • brentsn - Sep 14, 2013 at 6:56 PM

      Have you been sleeping for 5 years f1fan or don’t you follow racing !

    • indycarseries500 - Sep 16, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      Congrats to JPM on his Penske INDYCAR ride for 2014!

  2. wallio - Sep 14, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    I agree, considering the IRL hasn’t existed since 2008…..

  3. brentsn - Sep 14, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Very disappointing ,Juan could have been back in a thoroughbred racing machine. And a competitive one at that. Why on earth would he stay in NASCAR ??? Makes no sense whatsoever,there has to be more to this story !! Would you rather drive a real race car and go fast , which is what you’re talented at most…or drive a slow , heavy stock car with 42 others ??? I don’t get it.

    • Nathan Gruenholz - Sep 14, 2013 at 7:45 PM

      Simple. Money.

      In NASCAR, you get PAID.

      • indycar02 - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:04 PM

        oh yeah i forgot in indycar (& formula one) you dont get paid, your joking right… after f1 he was well set on the money side. im with brentsn, i dont get it… my guess would be (same with danica) they get along better with a nascar team than when they were in indycar, i read when montoya was at williams (f1 team) he walked out of one of the meetings, looks like the nascar teams will listen and want driver input more than where they were. like a happy family i guess.

  4. jets12 - Sep 15, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Well if he is lucky NASCAR will add him to chase before the race starts today and all will be fine.

    • hammertoe11 - Sep 15, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      Jets12 I hear you there. Not surprise NASCAR don’t add 10 more drivers to the chase before the race today.

  5. Jeff - Sep 15, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Good. I didn’t want him back in IndyCar anyway.

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