Former Formula One driver turned WEC champion Mark Webber announced his retirement from motorsport on Thursday.
The news of Webber’s retirement opens a potential new avenue for Juan Pablo Montoya. The Colombian lost his Penske seat to Josef Newgarden at the end of the season and has said that he is in no rush to decide his future plans.
Earlier this season Montoya stated that he has unfinished business in the Verizon IndyCar Series. The Colombian who returned to the series with Team Penske in 2014 won the Indianapolis 500 in 2015 and finished runner up in the championship to Scott Dixon. In 2016, however he endured a tough season however despite this he took one victory at the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.
There remains a number of options for Montoya in the Verizon IndyCar Series with seats still available at Dale Coyne Racing, Ed Carpenter Racing and potentially Chip Ganassi Racing.
Montoya tested with Porsche in the WEC at the Bahrain International Circuit in November of last year and ended his day in the car as the fastest fastest rookie. Montoya had been offered a role within Penske but Montoya has made it known he wants to remain in the Verizon IndyCar Series for at least one more year.
However the possibility of a drive with Porsche in WEC could be an opportunity too big to pass up so watch this space.