There are many drivers that have distinguished themselves in one form of motorsport or another, but only a handful that have won races in as many different series as Juan Pablo Montoya.

After taking the International Formula 3000 championship, the Colombian driver switched to American open wheels and won the CART title in his first year and the Indy 500 the year after. He wasted no time in moving up to Formula One, winning his first of seven career grands prix in his rookie year - including the Monaco Grand Prix - and even contending for the world title two years running with Williams. Montoya then returned to the US where he won the Rolex 24 at Daytona three times and two NASCAR Sprint Cup races.

Now JP is gunning for Indy again, and not with just any team, either: starting next season, he'll be driving a Dallara-Chevrolet in the IndyCar Series for Team Penske, where he'll join Helio Castroneves and Will Power in a three-car lineup. While it may take Montoya some time to re-acclimate to open wheels and road courses, given the winning form he's shown throughout his multidisciplinary career, we doubt it'll be long before we see him on the top step of the podium again.
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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.


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      normc32
      • 1 Year Ago
      So did Nascar draw more women and hispanics when they add non-white males?
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        prince_david
        • 1 Year Ago
        You remind me of one if those guys I the 80s trying to be cool with a mullet
        LXbuilder
        • 1 Year Ago
        Hey hillbilly, not big on culture or you just a dumb-azz racist?
      Michael Peters
      • 1 Year Ago
      How does everyjuan feel about this? I think he's an explosive driver, and sure to heat up any track he drives into a jet dryer on. I'm sure I'm not the only juan who feels that way.
        gtv4rudy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Michael Peters
        He was probably better than most of those Yahoos still in Nascrap.
      Timon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nascar is a joke! Unless they crash that is.
      johnhkart
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's a shame he's leaving NASCAR. Had several oval races in the bag and just had bad luck at the end. Ganassi isn't the best team either.
      groingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      The real question is, will he hit another Jet Dryer?
      Flat4
      • 1 Year Ago
      NASCAR is a joke! They should go to figure 8 racing, since all you want to see is the crashes anyway! Road/street circuit is REAL racing!
      Myself
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well, with JPM leaving, the collective IQ of Nascar will plummet to about an ox-cart.
      rtkewley
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Captain seldom makes a bad call, but this one is hard to understand - JPM appears to be past his prime and not in the kind of shape that IndyCar requires to be competitive. The latter of those can be corrected - but not the former.
        bleexeo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rtkewley
        Montoya is younger than current Indycar points leader Helio Castroneves and younger than three-time Indy 500 winner (including as recently as last year) Dario Franchitti. Just sayin'.
      Mr Sled
      • 1 Year Ago
      Woohoo!!!! Back in open wheel! Awesome. This is great news.
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