Montoya in Sonoma test
18 December 2013 – Juan Pablo Montoya was back on track this week testing at Sonoma Raceway as he gears up for his return to IndyCar in 2014.
Montoya, who has been racing in NASCAR since 2007, will switch back to single-seaters next year, having inked a deal with Team Penske back in September, and while he is familiar with the Northern California track, he had never driven the 2.38-mile configuration used by IndyCar until Monday.
“It's hard to go to the places where I've been in a stock car because my mind is not right,” Montoya explained.
“My mind says one thing and my foot says another. They don't agree. You go wide open through the Esses and my mind is saying 'You can do it' and my foot is saying 'No, I'm coming out.'
“I just need a little more confidence in the car and seeing what the car can do. You really got to try to build it up.”
The Colombian completed about 50 laps, with an emphasis on hitting his marks. The team went through three sets of tyres and practiced pit stops.
Montoya's next on-track action will be in mid-January at Sebring along with team-mates Helio Castroneves and Will Power.