Team Penske president Tim Cindric has confirmed that the outfit will not make a decision about Juan Pablo Montoya for at least a month.
Montoya who finished the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series championship in eighth place following a tough campaign is out of contract and is waiting to see if he will receive a new deal.
Penske has three drivers signed up for 2017, with 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud, Will Power and Helio Castroneves all driving for The Captain. Montoya, who has been with the team since 2014 has stated that even if he is not with Penske next season he will be racing full time in the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2017.
Paddock Eye understands that Roger Penske wants to run Montoya in the Indianapolis 500 only, however the Colombian has stated that he is only interested in a full time drive in the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2017.
Last week it had been reported that Penske was set to confirm Josef Newgarden as Montoya’s replacement in the No.2 Chevrolet however no announcement came. Newgarden was also keeping a low profile as he was on holiday in Hawaii. Roger Penske has also confirmed that the team have a four to five week window in which to confirm their fourth driver for 2017.
Speaking following the conclusion of the 2016 season at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, Montoya confirmed that neither he or the team have made a decision about next season and that the goal for 2017 is for him to have a full time drive in the series.
The Colombian secured one win in 2016 which came at the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.
The window for pre-season testing for 2017 opens next Monday, 4 October.