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Juan Pablo Montoya, Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing - Q&A

After the midweek news that he would be out of the #42 seat at the end of 2013, former F1 star Juan Pablo Montoya says he doesn't know what the future holds but the priority is 'a winning car' of some sort.
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet SS, met with members of the media at Michigan International Speedway on Friday and discussed the recent announcement that he will not be returning to Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing in 2014.

Q:
How did this whole decision come down? How did you find out?

Juan Pablo Montoya:
Well to be honest with you I think I knew from quite a while ago to be honest with you. They had an option earlier in the year and they didn't take it so I kind of knew it was going to be something different next year and that's it. They confirmed it this week and that was it.

Q:
What would you like to do next year?

Juan Pablo Montoya:
I don't know. The only thing I said already is I want to be in a winning car. Whatever else I do, don't know what I'm going to do, but I want to make sure I'm in a winning car. It was a fun seven years with the Target car and Chip (Ganassi) and everything. We worked really hard and we had our up's our down's, but at the end of the day I want to win races. He wants to win races and we want to try something different.

Q:
Could it be anything with Chip (Ganassi) in IndyCar or GRAND-AM?

Juan Pablo Montoya:
It could be with Chip it could be with somebody else. You know with Chip something we said is number one is make sure we keep our friendship. We are really good friends. We have a good relationship and that was it. It's not that bad.

Q:
Jimmie Johnson said it takes five years to learn cup. After five years it's the magic between the crew chief and the driver. Do you think we will lose you out of NASCAR and how much do you think it was learning and how much of it's team?

Juan Pablo Montoya:
A lot of it was learning at the beginning, but I thought I picked it up pretty well. I run really well. I made the Chase in my third year. One of the hardest things and I just said it, it's the amount of changes. There was never any consistency and I think that was one of the hardest things. It wasn't because they were doing it on purpose they were just trying new things and trying to make things better. The problem is every time you make changes it makes it harder.

Q:
Are we going to lose you out of NASCAR maybe?

Juan Pablo Montoya:
I don't know. As I said the number one priority for me is trying to be in a winning car.

Q:
Is going back to IndyCar is that an option for you?

Juan Pablo Montoya:
I don't know we will see.

Q:
Have you talked to other NASCAR owners yet?

Juan Pablo Montoya:
Oh ages ago.

Q:
i know you had talked to some in the past…

Juan Pablo Montoya:
No I mean ages ago this year as well. I've been looking at all my options for a while. I wanted to make sure we had the door open to stay at Ganassi if the opportunity was here. I have a really good… a part from the relationship with Target, the relationship with Chevy is really important to me. It's good. Right now it's actually fun. As I said yesterday I did an interview yesterday and I said you know I'm really good friends with everybody on this team. They mean the world to me and we've still got 14 races to go. I mean we still have a lot of racing to go. Number one thing is to keep enjoying racing and go at it every week.

Q:
Where does your heart lay right now what are you feeling inside?

Juan Pablo Montoya:
I mean at the beginning I was really disappointed, but we kind of knew it. From one side you knew it was going to happen, the other side, you know it's not a bad thing. We wanted to win races and it hasn't happened. We've been close this year, but you know what I mean for one reason or another it hasn't really happened. I think a change will be good for him. It will be a good change for me. I think it will be fun.

Q:
In some ways does this take some pressure off for the rest of the year to just kind of go out and let it hang out now?

Juan Pablo Montoya:
Well I kind of do that every week anyway so that doesn't change.

Q:
Are you looking for an IndyCar ride?

Juan Pablo Montoya:
I have talked to a lot of people put it that way. I don't want to be specific about anybody. I know some people are interested and I just want to make sure whatever I do as I told you I have an opportunity to win races. I grew up winning and I've won at everything. I won some races here, but I miss dominating.

Q:
What do you think the chances are you will be in this garage next year?

Juan Pablo Montoya:
I don't know we will see.

Q:
Why do you say change is good for you?

Juan Pablo Montoya:



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Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the NASCAR Sprint Cup #42 Target Chevrolet SS, qualified third Friday, May 17, 2013 for the 40-lap Sprint Showdown race that will determine two of the entries for Saturday’s NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo Credit: Chevrolet)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the NASCAR Sprint Cup #42 Target Chevrolet SS qualified sixth during practice Friday, April 12, 2013 at Texas Motor Speedway for the NRA 500 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Christa Thomas for Chevrolet)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the NASCAR Sprint Cup #42 Target Chevrolet SS finished fifth Sunday, August 11, 2013 at Watkins Glen International during the Cheez-It 355 At The Glen in Watkins Glen, New York. (Brian Lawdermilk for Chevrolet)
Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the NASCAR Sprint Cup #42 Depend Chevrolet SS finished sixth in the qualifying run Friday, April 26, 2013 at Richmond International Raceway for Saturday`s Toyota Owners 400 race in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Harold Hinson for Chevrolet)
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Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, celebrates winning the series championship and the race in Victory Lane after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, celebrates winning the series championship and the race with his team after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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