The 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season is fast approaching the finish line and with that in mind all the talk has began regarding driver contracts.
One drivers name in particular came up during the Watkins Glen weekend and that driver was Juan Pablo Montoya who for the past two seasons has driven the No.2 Team Penske Chevrolet.
The Colombian returned to the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2014 with Roger Penske and was extremely quick winning the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg. Montoya was a title contender all season and lost out to Scott Dixon on a count back however he did take a notable victory at the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500.
In 2016 however, Juan Pablo has endured a tough season, while his team mate’s occupy 1st, 2nd and fourth in the Verizon IndyCar Series points standings, Montoya is in 14th place in the series standings. Montoya’s only victory so far this season came at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg at the start of the season.
Montoya’s tough campaign in 2016 has led to speculation that he will lose his seat at Penske at the end of the season with the Captain not willing to renew his contract and instead sign Josef Newgarden from Ed Carpenter Racing for the No.2 Chevrolet.
The talk in Watkins Glen at the weekend was that Penske wants Montoya to move across to his ‘secret’ sportscar programme next season and just to run the Indianapolis 500 next season for Penske, something Montoya is unwilling to do. If the rumors prove to be true and Montoya leaves Penske he will be snapped up by another team.
At Watkins Glen it was reported that KVSH Racing could be interested in him. Team Penske president Tim Cindric said recently however that he did not expect there to much change at the team for 2017 so we will just have to wait and see what happens following the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.