Team Penske President Tim Cindric has confirmed that Juan Pablo Montoya didn’t want to leave the outfit but wanted to explore other options before committing to the Indy 500.

Penske have confirmed that the Colombian will be part of a five car entry for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil next May reuniting with Simon Pagenaud, Will Power and Helio Castroneves while Josef Newgarden has joined the team full-time replacing Montoya.

Speaking to the Verizon IndyCar mobile App, Cindric commented by saying:

He didn’t want to leave the team but wanted to see what else was out there. “After giving it some thought, he told me the best opportunity was to run Indy with Team Penske, so if the offer still stood, that is what he wanted to do. The fact we are going to stay together and try to win Indy together speaks about our relationship between the team and Juan,

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