Montoya’s NASCAR career iffy, single-seaters return open

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Juan Pablo Montoya may not be racing in NASCAR next season after his team decided not to renew his contract for 2014 with the Colombian’s future now open to other racing series, according to the Associated Press.

Now 37, Montoya spent the last eight years racing stock cars on the oval circuits in the United States but his results cut a sorry figure as he managed just two measly wins in 239 starts. His best season finish was eighth in 2009.

The poor showings led Montoya to rededicate himself this season and turn up his fitness.

"I want to (expletive) succeed in this. I'm tired of sucking," he had said recently.

It is unclear what he would do next with AP reporting that his axe from the Ganassi team could force him to “look at sports car racing, a return to open wheel, or maybe even a European series if he chooses to continue racing.”

Montoya raced in Formula 1 from 2001 to the middle of 2006 with Williams and McLaren but it’s unlikely that he may return to the sport.

However, with an impressive resume that includes an Indianapolis 500 victory and seven race wins and 30 podiums in F1, he would be a prize catch in any team.

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