Team Penske’s Juan Pablo Montoya has angrily refuted claims that he has lost the desire to race in the Verizon IndyCar Series just because the Colombian has had a tough 2016 season.

Montoya who is currently 12th in the Verizon IndyCar Series points standings with his best result of the season coming at the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.

Speaking to the IndyCar website about his tough 2016 campaign, Montoya commented by saying:

“It’s racing. “You have good years and you have bad years. It’s just a bad year. That’s what it is. How can you control blown engines or cautions? You can’t control that. Things outside my control, things have gone wrong, but things in my control, I think we’ve been OK. We’ve been pretty good.

Team Penske president Tim Cindric has confirmed that the team will have same line up in 2017 with Simon Pagenaud, Helio Castroneves, Will Power and Juan Pablo Montoya remaining with the team.

Despite his difficult season, Montoya feels that this season has been his best since returning to the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2014.

Montoya’s contract is up at the end of the season but the Colombian is not worried about his future and team mate and championship leader Simon Pagenaud says:

He seems very passionate about what he does and he’s very involved. “He’s having a season like I had last year. Bad luck. He’s having a lot of bad luck. It has nothing to do with him, really.


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