The open-wheel star may be moving back to the IndyCar Series in 2014 but are his stock car days officially over? According to Montoya, they may not be.
“I think the Brickyard would be a good thing,” Montoya said. “I’ve been so close so many times. It would be a good way of closing that chapter with a good win there. I know Roger (Penske) hasn’t won there. If we could get the opportunity to do it, I think it would be pretty cool.”
Montoya will be driving for Penske in the IndyCar Series and jumping back in a stock car for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway would be the perfect race for the open-wheel star. Almost winning the race in 2009 — he led 116 of the 160 laps before getting busted with a pit road speeding penalty — Montoya considers Indy one of his best oval tracks in NASCAR.
In order for Montoya to run the Brickyard 400, Penske says he would have to run another stock car race beforehand.
“Let’s just see how the season goes,” Penske said during the NASCAR Media Tour in Charlotte. “If we would run him, we’d have to get him in a race before that. So that’s kind of the thought we have. It’s a great idea and one we’ve thought about.”
If Montoya can win the Brickyard 400, he would become the first driver to ever claim victorious in both the Brickyard 400 and Indy 500, which he won in 2000 with Chip Ganassi.
Montoya may have moved to the IndyCar Series, but this isn’t the last we will see of him in NASCAR.