Juan Pablo Montoya Claims Deal Is Signed With Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing

Juan Pablo Montoya has struck a deal with car owner Chip Ganassi to return to Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing's No. 42 car next season.

And the Colombia native even says he's signed a new contract. Or has he?

Montoya danced around questions about his future at EGR on Friday at Phoenix International Raceway and wouldn't say outright if he's signed a new deal or not.

As he's done for most of the season, though, Montoya insisted he'd be back in the car next year.

Check out this exchange between Montoya and reporters:

REPORTER: So the deal is signed?

JPM: Yeah. I'll be driving this car next year. It's a given.

REPORTER: Well, it's not a given if the deal hasn't been signed.

JPM: We're all good.

REPORTER: How long is the deal for?

JPM: None of your business (laughs). We're all good.

REPORTER: Are there options written into the contract?

JPM: There's an option for the option, yeah. An option to have dinner with him, yeah.

At any rate, Montoya said his team is "really trying to enjoy ourselves" right now and "have fun" in the final weeks of the season.

Whether driver and team have a deal to remain together next season is anyone's guess.

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