Montoya Interested In Indy-Charlotte Double
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on August 1, 2014 | 8:10 P.M. EST
Juan Pablo Montoya says he's open to running in both the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 in the same day. (Photo: Getty Images)
Juan Pablo Montoya says he is open to running both the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600.
Montoya, competing in the Verizon IndyCar Series after having spent the past seven seasons in NASCAR Sprint Cup, made the comments Friday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
“If (car owner Roger Penske) wanted me to do it, then I probably would do it,’‘ Montoya said of running both races in the same day. “It would be cool. But I don’t want to force him into anything.’’
“The hard thing is … to be honest we did one day of testing at Nashville. We went to Michigan and we struggled all weekend with the rear of the car. We struggled in qualifying being on the splitter. In the race we were the other way; we were so loose. We unloaded in Indy the same way – like sideways.’’
Montoya finished 18th at Michigan and 23rd last weekend at Indianapolis for Team Penske.
The 2000 Indy 500 winner finished fifth in that event in May. He’s not worried about the physical toll of racing 1,100 miles.
“Physically I don’t think it would be that hard, to be honest with you,’’ Montoya said. “If you want to do it properly, it would be a lot of fun. Their cars on a mile-and-a-half track run really, really good. If you could have a test day there or somewhere on a mile-and-a-half to get the car close to what I want and get an idea of what I want, it would be a fun experience. There are a lot of possibilities if you think about it.”
Kurt Busch became the fourth driver to drive in both races in the same day this year, joining Tony Stewart, John Andretti and Robby Gordon. Stewart is the only driver to complete all 1,100 miles. He did it 2001.