Sunday, November 16, 2008

Franck Montagny

Former Renault F1 test driver and Super Aguri racer has been testing recently with Andretti-Green Racing's IRL team. While this may not mean anything in regards to their 2009 driver line-up, it could mean something about their testing and setup work. Montagny has alot of experience in many forms of motor racing, and most recently was racing sports cars in the ALMS and has lots of experience as a test driver. AGR is most likely using his testing expertise to work on setups and other data for the upcoming season as one of their main shortcomings this year was setup. TOny Kanaan cannot do all the setup work alone and although Danica Patrick and Marco Andretti are slowly learning, they still have a long way to go. Montagny appears to be a very good fit for them and he may be auditioning for a job at another IRL team with AGR backing, seeing as the silly season is far from over.

Montagny would be a very good fit for a smaller team, and with Ryan Hunter-Reay appearing to be the number one candidate to replace Helio Castroneves at Penske next year should Helio not be able to race due to his spot of legal bother, one could legitimately see Montagny move over to Rahal-Letterman Racing to replace Hunter-Reay. Montagny's setup abilities would be invaluable to a small team like Rahal-Letterman and he could score some very strong results, most likely on the road courses but you never know.


Pete DaSilva said...

A real professional driver and a personal favorite. He is one of those drivers that will never be a champion per se, but he will always have a place in motor racing. It will not surprise me to see him driving 15-20 years from now.

Senor Soup said...

He makes no secret of his desire to race in the IRL next year. He would be an asset to any team, and I agree with you that we could be seeing him racing for a long time, most likely ending his career in Sports Cars. If he does not get a full time ride in the IRL I hope that he gets a shot with the Peugeot Le Mans team.