…and the big news is that it’s a former
Indy car champ! Juan Pablo Montoya
returns to his open-wheel racing roots in
2014, switching from an Earnhardt
Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates
Chevrolet SS in NASCAR to
join Team Penske’s IndyCar
powerhouse, while maintaining
his links with Chevrolet.
The Colombian, who won
the 1999 CART Indy car title
and the 2000 Indy 500, stole
the headlines late last summer
when it was announced he was
switching racing disciplines. However,
he made it clear at the time that the
move was no publicity stunt, and his
pace in testing has only confirmed it.
Team Penske president Tim Cindric
has pointed out another benefit of
having Montoya join the squad.
“Juan is mentally tough,” says Cindric.
“He doesn’t let the little things bother
him much. I think he takes a pretty
simple approach and that
could pay off for us as a team.
“We have to figure out how
to put a whole season together.
There hasn’t been a race in the
last however many seasons that
I felt we couldn’t win, but that
championship mentality is
something we’ve failed at for the last four,
five, six years. Juan, given his experience,
can definitely help us with that.”
The 2014 IndyCar Series season
starts March 30 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
2014 SEASON PREVIEW – PAGE 52
PENSKE UP BY 50 PER CENT
The Captain’s IndyCar squad gains a third full-timer for 2014…
Fresh off victory in the final Grand-Am
Rolex Series championship, Wayne Taylor
Racing leads the Corvette Prototype charge
in the fastest class of the 2014 TUDOR
United SportsCar Championship.
Tony Kanaan will be defending his Indy 500 title
with a new team in 2014. The Brazilian veteran,
who won the 97th running of the world’s biggest
race with KV Racing, remains with Chevy power,
but switches to Target Chip Ganassi Racing.
Montoya’s first IndyCar drive in 13 years resulted in a lap just
0.3sec off Will Power’s benchmark time on Sebring’s short course.
Chip Ganassi Racing,
led by reigning
Scott Dixon, has
roster for 2014, and
the mighty combo
hit it off from their
first test together.
“The transition was
Dixon, “and I think
this partnership can
be very strong.”
With Tony Kanaan
also on the roster,
expect nothing less…
IN THE RED CORNER…