Franchitti would 'love' Montoya to return

Franchitti would 'love' Montoya to return

28 August 2013 – Four-time IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti says he "would love to see" Juan Pablo Montoya return to the series next year, with the Colombian assessing his future plans after finding out that he will not be included in Ganassi's 2014 NASCAR programme.

Michael Andretti, boss of his eponymous team, is currently searching for backers to enable a Montoya tie-up next season, and although far from confirmed, Franchitti has led the flood of positive comments on the subject of a potential Montoya comeback.

"I think it would be great for the series, and I think it would be great for Juan Pablo," the Scot told AP. "I know how good a driver he is. I'd like to think, coming back, he would get his motivation back and put a smile on his face. I would love to see it happen.

"He's definitely got the hunger, and I think he's at the stage of his life and his career that he's only going to do something that he wants and he can enjoy."

IndyCar title holder Ryan Hunter-Reay and current Andretti driver is also keen to see Montoya secure a drive, describing him as "one of the top talents" in motorsport.

"I think having Montoya in the series, or in the team, would be good," he said. "I’m open to it. I haven’t heard anything about it, [but] I think he’d be great for the series. He’s one of the top talents in the world, and it would be great to race against him."

Montoya, having left America's CART series in 2001, spent five and a half seasons racing in Formula 1, before embarking upon his latest, eight-year spell in NASCAR.

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