Montoya’s returning to Indy…and not in a stock car. (LAT photo)
In a stunning announcement, Team Penske announced Monday that Juan Pablo Montoya will join its IndyCar 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.
Montoya, 37, is the only driver to score 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 with Target Chip Ganassi Racing, followed by a victory in the Indy 500 in 2000.
“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.”
After plans fell through for Indy 500 winner and CART champion Juan Pablo Montoya to join Andretti Autosport, it was expected that the Colombian would remain in NASCAR, but Penske’s surprise announcement changes all that.