Montoya set for 2-race return to NASCAR
MOORESVILLE, North Carolina (AP) — Juan Pablo Montoya will make a two-race return to NASCAR this summer for Team Penske.
Montoya spent the last eight years in NASCAR before making his return this season to the IndyCar Series. Montoya will race on June 15 at Michigan International Speedway and on July 27 in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Montoya has two wins, 24 top-five finishes and nine pole positions in his stock car career. He has one top-10 finish in three IndyCar races this year.
“Juan is a proven winner in multiple racing disciplines and he is one of the most versatile racecar drivers competing today,” team owner Roger Penske said on Wednesday. “Michigan and Indianapolis are two important races for Team Penske. We know Juan has the ability to race for wins in both of those events while still focusing on his full-time program in IndyCar.”
Montoya will join the Team Penske duo of Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano, winners already this year.
“It will be fun to get back behind the wheel of (a stock) car,” Montoya said. “It’s hard to believe, but Roger Penske has never won the Brickyard 400. I think that Brad, Joey and I will give Roger and Team Penske a great opportunity to check that off the list and we should be strong at Michigan as well.”
Montoya’s next race will be the Indianapolis 500, IndyCar’s premier event, on May 25. He won it in 2000 before spending six seasons in Formula One.