Montoya Joins Penske For IndyCar Return
MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Team Penske announced today that Juan Pablo Montoya will join the team in 2014.
Montoya will drive the No. 2 Team Penske IndyCar for the full season as he will join Will Power and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves in the team’s IZOD IndyCar Series lineup beginning next season.
Montoya, 37, is a native of Colombia and he is one of the most accomplished drivers in the world. His career highlights include race wins in Formula One, NASCAR and the CART Indy Car Series. He is the only driver to produce victories in the Indianapolis 500, the 24 Hours of Daytona and the Monaco Grand Prix. Montoya earned 11 IndyCar wins over two seasons as he captured the CART Series title in his rookie season of 1999 followed by a victory in the Indy 500 in 2000.
In 2007 Montoya moved from Formula One to NASCAR, joining Chip Ganassi Racing to drive the No. 42 Dodge. He scored victories in both the NASCAR Nationwide Series (Mexico) and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (Sonoma) on road courses during his first year in NASCAR. He made the Chase for the Sprint Cup in 2009, scoring a career-best seven top fives and 18 top 10s while finishing eighth overall in the championship standings.
He added a second Sprint Cup victory at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) Int’l the following season. During his Sprint Cup career he has 24 top fives, 58 top 10s and nine poles.
“I am really excited to join this legendary team beginning next year,” said Montoya. “I have had the opportunity to drive for some of the best racing teams in the world and I have always admired Roger Penske and his organization. I consider it an honor to be offered the opportunity to drive for Team Penske.”
“Juan is a proven winner at all levels of motorsport,” said Roger Penske. “He has won a lot of races and championships and he has an extremely passionate fan base. We look forward to building on his successes together and we believe he will be a great addition to Team Penske.”