It Would Be Great To See Montoya Return To The Indy 500 However It Is Unlikely
Team Penske’s Juan Pablo Montoya took his first IMSA win on Sunday in Mid-Ohio for the Acura Team Penske squad reminding everyone that he still has the speed to win races.
The two time Indianapolis 500 winner who hasn’t raced in the NTT IndyCar Series since 2017 has shown that he is still hungry for success and while his IMSA team mate Helio Castroneves is returning to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week to compete in the IndyCar Grand Prix and the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on May 26, Juan Pablo will not return.
It was suggested last year that Montoya could be loaned out to another team for the 500 with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports having been thought a likely destination for the Colombian however a deal never materialized.
Montoya took victory in 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 in 2015 coming from the back of the field to take the victory for Penske.
The Colombian competed in the 2017 race and despite having tested the new aero kit for Chevrolet throughout 2017 he was not part of Team Penske’s line up for the Indianapolis 500 last year and is not on the entry list for this year either.
It is a shame that Montoya is not in the field for the 500 this season as it would be extremely beneficial to Penske to have a driver of Montoya’s experience back in an IndyCar but it is not to be.
As for 2020? It seems unlikely that Montoya will return to the Brickyard in an IndyCar and it is a shame. Penske did say last year that if Montoya wanted to run the Indianapolis 500 for another team he would not stand in his way but for one reason or another we are unlikely to see to Montoya compete in the Indianapolis 500 with Penske in near future which is a huge shame.