Montoya seals IndyCar seat with Penske
16 September 2013 – Juan Pablo Montoya will return to IndyCar with Penske in 2014, the team confirmed on Monday. The ex-Formula 1 driver has competed in NASCAR for the past six and a half seasons, but is to leave Earnhardt Ganassi Racing at the end of the current term.
The 37-year-old Colombian joins Will Power and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Hélio Castroneves, with the squad opting to run three cars on a full-time basis.
"I am really excited to join this legendary team beginning next year," said Montoya, who will drive the #2 car. "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."
Montoya claimed the CART title during his rookie season in 1999, before winning the prestigious Indianapolis 500 the following year. He then made the switch to Formula 1, picking up a total of seven race victories and fighting for the 2003 Drivers' crown.
Team owner Roger Penske described Montoya as "a proven winner at all levels of motorsport", going on to explain: "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."