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Former 500 winner Montoya feels like rookie as he prepares for 1st IndyCar season

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    Juan Pablo Montoya, left, sits with Penske Racing teammate Helio Castroneves at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall Of Fame Museum on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2104, in Indianapolis. Montoya, who spent the last seven seasons in NASCAR, is driving in IndyCar this season. (AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star, Greg Griffo) NO SALESThe Associated Press

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    Former Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya talks about his return to IndyCar and to the Indianapolis 500, Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall Of Fame Museum in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star, Greg Griffo) NO SALESThe Associated Press

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    Former Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya talks about his return to IndyCar and to the Indianapolis 500, Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall Of Fame Museum in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star, Greg Griffo) NO SALESThe Associated Press

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    Former Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya, center, sits with Tony Kanaan, left, and Helio Castroneves at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall Of Fame Museum on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2104, in Indianapolis. Montoya is driving for Penske Racing this season in IndyCar. (AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star, Greg Griffo) NO SALESThe Associated Press

Juan Pablo Montoya spent 13 years lamenting his absence from the Indianapolis 500.

The 38-year-old Colombian feels rejuvenated knowing he will finally get a chance to win a second 500 title. After losing his ride with Chip Ganassi's NASCAR team, one of the world's most versatile drivers wasted no time in following his heart back to open-wheel racing.

It's a new start for Montoya. He joined Ganassi's biggest rival, Roger Penske, and has been using most of the offseason to get re-acclimated to the cars and the higher speeds.

So far, Montoya says he's been taking it slow.

But when the season begins March 30 at St. Petersburg, IndyCar veterans don't think it will take long for Montoya to get up to speed.