Montoya to focus on IndyCar next season, but doesn't rule out NASCAR return



LOUDON, N.H. — While Juan Pablo Montoya turned down an offer to drive the No. 78 Chevrolet at Furniture Row Racing next year to accept a deal to drive one of Roger Penske’s IndyCars, he said he hasn’t ruled out a return to stock cars.

“Today the focus is still on this year in the Cup series to finish the season,” Montoya said. “Then looking at the Penske thing into the future we’ll see if there is maybe some NASCAR races might come about. We’ll see.”

Montoya is one of only two drivers to ever win a Formula One, IndyCar and NASCAR race. The other is Dan Gurney.

Montoya’s NASCAR victories came on road courses at Sonoma, Calif., and Watkins Glen, N.Y. Counting Sunday’s Sylvania 300 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Montoya has just nine chances remaining to fulfill his greatest quest of winning on a NASCAR oval.

“I still want to try and get the oval win for the guys,” Montoya said.Since Penske also operates a two-car Sprint Cup Series team with drivers Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski, it wouldn’t be difficult for Montoya to make selected NASCAR starts.

But starting next year, IndyCars will be his primary concern.


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