Why Montoya? I wouldn't bet my money on him...not over the rest of the IndyCar field...
IndyCar always seems to be in some sort of state of flux.
But with the recent news of Penske Racing signing Juan Pablo Montoya to it’s 2 car, with no sponsorship at the moment it makes me think of the great drivers who are looking for a ride within the IndyCar ranks.
Three notable drivers, James Hinchcliffe, who has taken home three wins on the season, former Champ Car dominator Sebastien Bourdais and this years Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan are currently sitting without plans for next season.
Hinchcliffe’s contract with GoDaddy, one of the most visual sponsors in American motorsports today, ends at the end of this season. During the Toronto Indy weekend GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving hinted that the company really likes ‘Hinch as a spokesperson.
“First of all, James is a guy who personifies small business: Somebody who had an idea, knew what they wanted to do and put their heart and soul into it and then built a career out of a passion and that’s exactly the same thing small businesses do,” Irving told the Globe and Mail.
With that in mind, one can only think that if GoDaddy and Hinchcliffe are able to sign again, that not only would he be a prime driver for be back in an Andretti Autosport car.
Kanaan just won the biggest race of his career, taking home the milk at Indy. But his KV Racing contract is up this year, and he has made it public that he is a free agent, looking in every discipline of racing.
Bourdais on the other hand is holding out for that competitive ride, or we hope he is. Bourdais has shown what he can do with a car that is a little bit behind in pace this year.
With a past like Bourdais’, I find it odd that even he can’t find a ride that he is happy with.
Montoya will undoubtably spend at least half, if not more of next season just getting up to speed. No amount of testing can prepare you for driving under race conditions. Montoya is good, and the equipment is great, but IndyCar is a completely different beast than when he raced American open-wheel eons ago.
Hinchcliffe will bring superior sponsor dollars. Kanaan brings years of experience and an Indy 500 ring and tons of television coverage in that role. Bourdais is super quick and just needs the team to field him a car that can win.