Team Penske’s Juan Pablo Montoya is not letting speculation regarding where he will drive in the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2017 get to him as he is focused on winning the season finale in Sonoma this weekend.
Montoya goes into the race in 14th place in the series standings having scored just one victory this season at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.
The Colombian has endured a tough season in 2016, but wherever he drives next season he will come back stronger. Montoya has just had bad luck this year it is not that he has suddenly become a bad driver. It has to be remembered what he did last season, winning the Indianapolis 500 and coming so close to winning the championship.
However with The Captain known for signing young drivers like the way he did with Pagenaud it is expected that Josef Newgarden will head to Penske in 2017 in place of Montoya.
Montoya tested in Sonoma last week with the rest of the Verizon IndyCar Series teams except KVSH Racing and was happy with the performance of the No.2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet. Speaking ahead of the race this weekend he commented by saying:
Sonoma is a great place to close out the season. The track is challenging and competitive. It’s a place that really displays what the cars are capable of. We’ll have the hum by Verizon Chevy this weekend and I’m really excited about it. This season didn’t play out the way we wanted, but at the end of the day it is a championship season for Team Penske. A championship for our team was the primary goal, obviously, but getting one for the team is just behind that.