Two time Indianapolis 500 champion Juan Pablo Montoya could potentially compete in the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at the end of the month. The Colombian who races for Team Penske in the IMSA WhetherTech Championship announced recently that he would not compete at the Speedway this season however with a seat now available at Dale Coyne Racing it could be an option for Montoya.
The Colombian had been in talks with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports a number of months ago when it became clear that he would not be returning to the Indianapolis 500 with Penske for 2018.
Roger Penske had said at the time that Montoya was free to compete for another Verizon IndyCar Series team if he wished however team president Tim Cindric ruled this out.
Montoya would be a great prospect for Dale Coyne Racing if they were able to negotiate a one race deal for the Colombian with Roger Penske which seems somewhat unlikely.Team owner Dale Coyne is looking for an experienced driver to pilot the No.19 PaySafe Honda.
The team owner revealed that he will meet with PaySafe on Monday regarding the situation regarding who they would like to replace the injured Pietro Fittipaldi.
Former Formula One driver Esteban Gutierrez who drove for Dale Coyne Racing during the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season is a potential candidate as he knows the team and they operate.
French driver Tristan Vautier could also be in the running for the seat although he has not raced in the Verizon IndyCar Series since 2015,
When it comes to who will be in the car following the Indianapolis 500, for road a street courses they have Canadian Zachary Claman DeMelo but their former driver Conor Daly who returns to the team for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil could also be a potential candidate as like Vautier who knows the team having raced for the outfit in 2016.
Coyne has confirmed that Fittipaldi’s replacement will be announced before next weekend’s IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.