UPDATE #1 – Team Penske officially announced Wednesday morning that Montoya would be on board for Indy and Michigan. There is no word yet as to whether or not Sonoma and Watkins Glen are still in play for him in 2014.
NASCAR’s friendly neighborhood wrecking ball will be making a return to the Sprint Cup Series in 2014. When it was first announced that Juan Pablo Montoya would be leaving the No. 42 machine to return to the Indycar Series many believed that he would come back to Sprint Cup to drive in the Brickyard 400. It still appears that he will be back for the Brickyard 400 but it also would seem that NASCAR fans will see him before that.
According to a recent report on Motorsport.com, it’s being rumored that Montoya could be driving both road course events in 2014 for Team Penske as well. If this holds true that means that he would compete in three races in 2014 with Team Penske, most likely driving the No. 12 machine.
It should come as no surprise that Montoya would choose to race at Sonoma and Watkins Glen. He won his first career NASCAR race at Sonoma in 2007 and his second career NASCAR race at Watkins Glen in 2010. As far as the Brickyard 400 is concerned, that is a race that Montoya almost won twice during his NASCAR career. Montoya ran second in that event in 2007 and 11th in 2009 after leading more than half the race only to be caught speeding on pit road late.
Montoya’s NASCAR homecoming might come and go without too many people batting a eye. That is of course unless he wins or is involved in some sort of epic crash. Anyone who has followed Montoya’s career or enjoyed the above linked video can most likely guess which of the two options is more likely.