As RACER confirmed on Monday, 1999 CART champion Juan Pablo Montoya and Andretti Autosport had made significant progress in finding the sponsorship to run the Colombian in the IndyCar Series next year. However, RACER has since learned Montoya informed the reigning series champions that he will not be joining the team, leaving the door open for a number of drivers, including fellow Colombian Carlos Munoz, who are interested in securing a ride with the Chevy-powered operation.
With the Ganassi Racing IndyCar program expected to fill its fourth seat with a current IndyCar driver and minimal interest expressed for the 37-year-old by other IndyCar teams, continuing in NASCAR would appear to be his best option. The winner of the 2000 Indianapolis 500 has driven for the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup team since leaving the McLaren Formula 1 program at the conclusion of the 2007 season.
An announcement regarding Montoya’s future, which is said to involve replacing Kurt Busch at the Furniture Row Racing Sprint Cup team, could come as early as this weekend during the Geico 400 event at Chicagoland Speedway, where Montoya qualified third.