Andretti in talks with Montoya over seat
20 August 2013 – Andretti Autosport has revealed that discussions are taking place with ex-Formula 1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya to bring the Colombian back to the IndyCar series.
Having recently learned from Ganassi that he would not be retained for an eighth NASCAR campaign, Montoya has been assessing his future. The 37-year-old admits he has talked with various IndyCar outfits, but has not made public any names.
''I have talked to Juan about IndyCar and told him 'Hell yeah, let's find a way to put something together,''' Andretti told The Associated Press. ''I've driven against him and I think he's one of the best drivers I've ever driven against. It comes down to sponsorship. So we're looking; if it's a possibility, we want to do something with him.''
From 1999-2000, Montoya raced in CART for Ganassi, picking up the 1999 crown and winning the Indianapolis 500 the following year. Andretti was his team-mate during this time, and the latter reckons the series could enjoy a major boost if he returns.
''I think he could bring what he brought the last time - it seemed like when he raced, half the stands were full of flags supporting him,'' said Andretti, who claimed three victories to Montoya's 11. ''When he first got to NASCAR, he had a huge effect there. He brings a huge crowd, a huge support. He's a big personality, and he could be a good personality for IndyCar because he definitely has that 'don't give a [crap] attitude.'"
Andretti added that a five-car team is not out of the question for the 2014 season.