Montoya to get early NASCAR start

Wed, 12 July 2006, 09:20

Juan Pablo Montoya’s fans may not have to wait long to see the departed formula one driver back in racing action.

With McLaren reported to have annulled his 2006 contract at a cost of about $3.5 million, Montoya’s new NASCAR team owner Chip Ganassi says he is likely to get the 30-year-old’s career in America up and running as soon as possible.

”This is all new,” Ganassi told ‘AP’, ”but if Juan is available earlier than we expected, our programme for him will definitely get an early start.”

A debut for Montoya in NASCAR’s lesser ‘Busch’ category is the likely first stride, but Ganassi admitted that the step into the big league is also ‘possible’.

Returning to F1 in the future, meanwhile, has been effectively ruled out by the former Williams and McLaren racer, who has signed a ‘multi-year’ NASCAR deal.

”That chapter is closed,” Montoya was quoted as telling the South American press corps.

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