Dario Franchitti made a sorrowful but
appreciative farewell to racing in November.
Read our appreciation of his career on p. 42.
His replacement in the No. 10 Ganassi seat
was still up in the air as we closed for press.
MONTOYA’S NEW MOUNT
Open-wheel ace returns to his roots, and immediately gets with the program
Juan Pablo Montoya made his IndyCar
return in late November, driving Penske’s
No. 12 car at Sebring Raceway, and soon
got within 0.3sec of a target time set by
the car’s regular occupant, Will Power.
“The main goal is to run well,”
Montoya said after his first 20 laps. “This
is a great opportunity that Roger [Penske]
“So there are no wedge bars,
right?” Montoya refamiliarized
swiftly to open-wheel racecars.
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The lights are out and it’s go, go, go!
has given me. I want to make the most of
it. I kept smiling through every lap.”
Power, who was joined at the track by
team advisor Rick Mears and teammate
Helio Castroneves, said: “I definitely
expect to learn from Juan. From what I’ve
seen on the data, he’s got a very similar
driving style to mine. That should be good
as far as our setups are concerned.”
Penske team president Tim Cindric
added: “This guy has done it before, so he
knows he can be successful. It’s going to
take a bit of time, but Juan is a good study.
He doesn’t think he’s just going to hop in
the car and go fast. He’s a lot like Will; he
comes to the race prepared.”
Mikhail Aleshin to
Vautier next season.
The Russian, who
won the 2010
Formula Renault 3. 5
title and finished
third in the 2009
Formula 2 series,
will partner Simon
ended 2013 in third
place in the IndyCar
title race, having
scored two wins.