Chicago - Former
Formula One star Juan Pablo Montoya will rejoin Roger Penske with an
entry in next year's Indianapolis 500, team president Tim Cindric said on
The 40-year-old Colombian, bumped from the Penske Racing line-up when
American Josef Newgarden was signed to replace him next year, has a
one-race deal to seek his third Indy 500 crown after wins in the IndyCar
oval classic in 2000 and 2015.
Montoya's car will give Penske Racing a record five cars in the race,
including the four top finishers in this year's IndyCar drivers'
IndyCar season champion Simon Pagenaud of France, runner-up Will
Power of Australia, Brazilian three-time Indy 500 champion and
third-place finisher Helio Castroneves and Newgarden have full-season
Montoya, a winner in 15 of 91 IndyCar starts over five seasons, drove
for Ganassi Racing in 1999-2000 and for Penske from 2014-2016 with F1
and US stock car stints in between.
Montoya's most recent win came in this year's season opener at St. Petersburg, Florida.
After being dropped by Penske, Montoya explored other teams but
decided to return to Penske for a strong chance at a third Indy 500
"He didn't want to leave the team but wanted to see what else was out
there," Cindric said.
"He told me the best opportunity was to run Indy
with Team Penske.
"The fact we're going to stay together and try to win Indy together speaks about our relationship."