James: Montoya takes loss in stride, vows to return stronger

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SAN FRANCISCO – Juan Pablo Montoya was less than crushed Monday, strolling the red carpet at the post-season IndyCar banquet a day after relinquishing a 47-point lead to Scott Dixon in the final race of the season at Sonoma Raceway.A silver video device on his lapel – in case he needed to snap a photo, video or broadcast live – he cavorted with David Letterman, whose title hopes with driver Graham Rahal also had been dashed Sunday. And Montoya insisted he’d resisted recounting the instances where one point gained or lost over a long 15-race season could have given him his first IndyCar title since 1999.DIXON: Honors Wilson with titleActually, he’d mostly resisted the temptation. There was that lunch Monday with his race engineer, Brian Campe. It came up.“It’s funny because we started, like not talking about it. You just can’t control it,” Montoya conceded. “So we are already talking about what we did right, what we need to improve, what we proved through the year.”Juan Pablo Montoya (Mike DiNovo, USA TODAY Sports)Juan Pablo Montoya (Mike DiNovo, USA TODAY Sports)And that, he said, was a lot in his second full season since returning to open wheel racing in 2014 with Team Penske. And that seems to have the 39-year-old – he turns 40 on Sept. 20 – pointed forward instead of peering backwards with a long off-season ahead.“We did everything right,” said Montoya, who won two races, including a record 16th Indianapolis 500 for Penske, and had five podium finishes. “We really did. We executed all year. We did everything right, to be honest. I wouldn’t change anything.”JAMES: Fourth title burnishes Dixon’s legacyStill, tied with the race-winning Dixon after the final points tabulation Sunday, he watched a championship he led for the entire season slip away by the first tie-breaker – victories. Dixon’s Sonoma win gave him a series-leading three for the season.There were lamentable moments if Montoya chose to indulge. Instead, he chose to mention. The crash at Iowa after a suspension piece failed was costly, of course. So was being stung by an untimely caution that denied him a chance at a points bounty, at least, at Mid-Ohio. So was bumping teammate Will Power mid-race at Sonoma to force a slog back from 22nd position. In finishing sixth, he almost salvaged it.Such details can turn gray-flecked hair grayer.But, Montoya said, “You don’t gain anything by looking (at) ‘ifs and butts’.”TEAM PENSKE: Montoya, Power, Castroneves fumble shot to winDuring the banquet, as he accepted the award for runner-up, he told of the radio communication he received in the closing laps. He needed to reach fifth place on the track with less than 20 laps remaining to win the title. “I’m good, but I’m not that good,” Montoya quipped as the crowd laughed.So Montoya said he will direct his energies on 2016, where expectations are already sizable. Adamant that an improved training regimen helped improve his performance this season, he’s already warned his cycling partners that they’re riding this weekend.“Last year was the same way,” he said before the ceremony. “Last year we finished in Fontana and the same week I was on the bike. I don’t take time off.“It’s exciting. We’re testing in three weeks and I’m pumped about it. You can’t switch off,” he said. “I don’t switch off. Am I impatient? No. The more prepared you are, the better chance you got. Look how we started the season.”Montoya won the season-opener at St. Petersburg to perpetuate a late 2014 burst in which he finally felt comfortable in open wheel after eight years in NASCAR. Not bad, he said, for a driver owner Chip Ganassi, he believes, considered him “kind of done” after deciding not to re-sign him after 2013.“Last year was hard because I had no idea what I was doing,” Montoya said. “I really didn’t. I was just going with the flow and just trying to figure it out. … We had five, six shots at wins and we took two (in 2015). We probably want to win five-six races next year. That’s the way I am, that’s why I have been good at it all the time.“I take no prisoners.”Greg Hester (USA TODAY Sports)Greg Hester (USA TODAY Sports)last_img read more

Official: Manchester United Extend Odion Ighalo Loan Deal

first_imgOdion Ighalo will stay at Manchester United until the end of January 2021 after the Red Devils and his Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua reached an agreement to extend his loan deal.Ighalo, 30, joined boyhood club United on a short-term loan deal on transfer deadline day in January but his original contract expired on Sunday, 31 May.United and Shenhua had been locked in negotiations to extend Ighalo’s stay and an agreement has now been struck for the striker to remain at Old Trafford for another seven months.United will pay a portion of Ighalo’s wages and a fee to Shanghai. The development means Ighalo will miss a large chunk of the Chinese Super League which is expected to begin next month.Ighalo’s current contract in China expires in December 2022, but Shanghai reportedly want to keep him until at least December 2024.A lifelong United fan, Ighalo has proved a success and has scored four goals in eight appearances including a memorable volley in the 5-0 win at Lask on 12 March.RelatedIghalo Manchester United Situation Nears ResolutionMay 31, 2020In “England”Odion Ighalo Set For Manchester United HeartbreakMay 25, 2020In “England”EPL Give Man Utd Deadline To Extend Odion Ighalo’s StayMay 15, 2020In “England”last_img read more