Montoya's return to IndyCar coming along slowly
Juan Pablo Montoya took a job in IndyCar with Roger Penske because he wanted to win races again.
He believes he'll fulfill that goal. It just might take more time than anyone expected.
Montoya's return to Indy cars has not been easy after a seven-year absence. Montoya last ran in CART in 2000 and left Formula One midway through the 2006 season for NASCAR. Now he finds himself back in an open wheel car and near the bottom of the time sheets in every test session he's participated.
But Montoya says his speed has been fine, even though he's one of the few drivers testing without the new 2014 Chevrolet engine. His issues have been related to getting used to the Indy car and learning the braking zones.
Montoya says he would like to run the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway if Team Penske puts a ride together for a brief return to NASCAR.
Montoya won the Indianapolis 500 in 2000, and challenged for Brickyard victories in NASCAR in 2009 and 2010. He had the 2009 race until a late speeding penalty on pit road.
Montoya said Tuesday he's been close to winning the Brickyard so many times, he'd like to close the chapter with a victory there. He'd also like to give new team owner Roger Penske a NASCAR win at Indy.
Penske has 15 victories in the Indy 500 as a car owner. He brought Montoya back to Indy cars this season when Chip Ganassi did not renew the Colombian's contract in NASCAR.
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