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Montoya Return Seen As Boost For IndyCar; Penske Still Seeking Sponsors
Published September 17, 2013
SAVVY VETERAN: ESPN.com's John Oreovicz writes the return of Montoya with his fan base is "a boost for Indy car racing as a whole." Montoya "probably more than any other driver on earth ... relishes the opportunity to beat" Ganassi. Being "brash and aggressive, the 2000-era Montoya was anything but Penske material." But the "2013 version -- much more polished in terms of sponsor and media relations from his time in Formula One with Williams and McLaren and NASCAR with Ganassi -- is fully capable of handling the off-track demands of being a Penske driver." The signing is "a win/win for Montoya too: He's highly motivated to return to Indy cars, he's coming back by joining the sport's most prestigious team, and he maintains the ties with Chevrolet that he has built in NASCAR over the past seven years" (ESPN.com, 9/17). RACER.com's Robin Miller wrote this is "uncharted territory," as "no former Indy car stars have ever gone away, stayed out of an open wheel car for this length of time and returned full-time with any success" (RACER.com, 9/16).