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.
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.