O Juan Pablo Montoya, ο Κολομβιανός οδηγός ξεκίνησε την καριέρα του κερδίζοντας το πρωτάθλημα Formula 3000, ακολούθησε το πρωτάθλημα CART και το Indy 500 το 2000. Έτσι μεταπήδησε στη Formula 1 όπου έμεινε εκεί έως το 2006, οδηγώντας αυτά τα χρόνια για λογαριασμό της Williams και της McLaren.
Στη συνέχεια η καριέρα του συνεχίστηκε στα NASCAR όπου σημείωσε αρκετές επιτυχίες, όπως δύο νίκες στο Sprint Cup (2007 και 2008) και τρεις νίκες στον 24-ωρο αγώνα της Daytona. Πλέον ο Montoya πήρε την απόφαση να αφήσει τα NASCAR και να επιστρέφει στα Indy, οδηγώντας για λογαριασμό της Team Penske από την ερχόμενη σεζόν.
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Montoya to Join Team Penske in 2014
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (September 16, 2013) – 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.
“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.”
Team Penske is one of the most successful teams in the history of professional sports. Competing in a variety of disciplines, cars owned and prepared by Penske Racing have produced 377 major race wins, 433 pole positions and 24 National Championships. The team has also earned 15 Indianapolis 500 victories in its storied history. For more information about Team Penske, please visit www.penskeracing.com.