The Frontstretch: Juan Pablo Montoya To Leave NASCAR For Team Penske In IndyCar by Phil Allaway -- Monday September 16, 2013

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Juan Pablo Montoya To Leave NASCAR For Team Penske In IndyCar

Phil Allaway · Monday September 16, 2013

 

On Monday morning, Team Penske announced in a press release that the organization has signed current Sprint Cup Series Juan Pablo Montoya to drive a third full-time entry full-time in the Izod IndyCar Series. Montoya’s car will be the No. 2, which AJ Allmendinger drove part-time this season. Montoya will partner up with returning Penske drivers Will Power and Helio Castroneves for a three-pronged assault on the Izod IndyCar Series in 2014.

Montoya is pleased to return to open-wheel racing with Team Penske.

“I am really excited to join this legendary team beginning next year,” Montoya said. “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.”

Team Principal Roger Penske is very happy to have Montoya onboard for the full 2014 season.

“Juan is a proven winner at all levels of motorsport,” Penske said. “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.”

Montoya has 41 previous starts in American Open Wheel series (CART and the IRL). Montoya won ten CART races for Target Chip Ganassi Racing and won the 1999 FedEx CART World Series Championship. In his one and only start in the Indy Racing League, Montoya utterly dominated the 2000 Indianapolis 500, leading 167 of 200 laps on his way to victory.

Montoya has not raced in a major open wheeled race since leaving the McLaren-Mercedes Formula One team in the middle of the 2006 season. The release did not make any mention of sponsorship for Montoya. That was the major stumbling block for Penske’s No. 2 this season with Allmendinger.

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