NASCAR tracks may want to pray that there is no need to use the jet dryers when Juan Pablo Montoya returns to NASCAR.
No, he isn’t bailing on his full-time ride in the IndyCar Series. Montoya is returning for two races with Team Penske this season. Montoya will team up with Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano at Michigan International Speedway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Montoya, who won the Indianapolis 500 in 2000, nearly became the first winner in NASCAR and the IndyCar Series at the 2.5 mile oval, leading the most laps in the 2009 and 2010 editions of the Brickyard 400. Now he is trying to out there and win for Penske.
“It’s one of those places where I feel like I got robbed a few times,” Montoya told reporters Wednesday morning
Greg Erwin will work with Montoya as crew chief.
Montoya has 253 career starts in the Sprint Cup series, with two wins, 24 top-fives and 59 top-10s. All of his wins came for car owner Chip Ganassi.
Young rookie Kyle Larson took over the No. 42 for this season at Ganassi Racing.
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.
Below is a YouTube video that was put together by thatguyonstage, with highlights of 60 different altercations that Montoya was involved in during his stint in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.