It appears that Juan Montoya and the Chipster will be parting ways come the end of the NASCAR season . I can’t see him getting totally out of racing . but that leaves a lot of speculation as to WHERE he may end up . Some are saying Racing in South America or a possible return to Indy cars . At this point in his career I don’t think $$$ is the issue . I’m thinking with a reduced schedule he MAY end up in the NEW : United Sportscar Series .
I’ve followed JPM for a long time and have some friends that know him personally, and IMO I don’t see him going anywhere outside of the US. He just loves life in Miami too much.
I’ll love to see him try his hand in Indycar again and I love watching the stints he’s done on the 24 Hours of Daytona. But if it is not under the Chipster’s camp, I think it will be hard for him to find someone to take him at his age, lacking sponsors and fitness.
Tim: I would take what Micheal Andretti has to say with a grain of Salt . though as far as Indy Cars go . Nothing appears to be going to open up at Penske or Chipster’s Indy operation . I can’t see him going elsewhere as he has stated he only wants to go with a first class operation CAPABLE of winning on any given race day .. Obviously Sponsorship will play a CRITICAL part in decision on where he goes , BUT he does have a slight attitude problem and Sponsorship obligations is something he is NOT too good at . Though you sure can’t say he is NOT a talented driver .
Bob, is your memory that short? Hunter-Reay (driving for Andretti) won the championship last year, has two wins this year and standing third in points, and Hinch has 3 wins this year. Not exactly a backmarker team…. In fact, Andretti has 3 drivers in the top 7, Penske has one in the top ten (granted Helio’s in first).
tim : Re-=read my post . I am thinking that Juan would only want to make 3 choices as far as going back to the Indy series either Penske , Chipster , or Andretti . I don’t think he would entertain the idea of shopping himself to any other team .
I know they are ALL Professional level teams but the Team has to Jell with its driver and vice versa . The biggest potential conflict I see is the ” PERSONALITY ” conflict between the Andretti’s and Montoya