Penske not ruling out NASCAR outings for Juan Pablo Montoya
|By Mark Glendenning||Tuesday, September 17th 2013, 09:39 GMT|
Penske president Tim Cindric says that the door will be open for new IndyCar signing Juan Pablo Montoya to make cameo appearances in NASCAR next year, although no discussions have taken place yet.
Penske announced on Monday that Montoya will join its IndyCar team next year, bringing the former CART and Formula 1 driver's seven-year stint in NASCAR to an end.
Cindric said that although Montoya's focus will be on IndyCar in 2014, the possibility of Cup outings remains open.
"I've learned in this business never to say no; never to say never," he said.
"We certainly haven't had any of those discussions, but just like with all of our drivers, if there's something that makes sense out there, we certainly wouldn't close the door on it.
"But his focus will be on IndyCar racing with us."
Montoya said that he was also open to the idea, but only if it did not compromise his chances to be competitive in IndyCar.
"Right now we are focusing on the IndyCar programme for next year, and as Tim said, if something comes up and something makes sense that we can work, we'll do it," he said.
"But I've really got to focus in on what I'm going to do next year. I don't want to be too distracted. We didn't come here to play.
"We came here to get the job done, and that's what we want to do."