Juan Pablo Montoya will make his eagerly awaited return to Verizon IndyCar Series this weekend for the IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
The Colombian who is one of the most respected drivers in the series lost his full-time drive with Team Penske at the end of last season and was replaced by Josef Newgarden.
Montoya, a two time winner of the Indianapolis 500 returns to the cockpit this weekend to compete in the Verizon IndyCar Series for the first time since the 2016 series finale GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.
Montoya will drive the No.22 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Chevrolet and has remained part of the Te Penske set-up this season despite having not raced since last season.
Team Penske head into this weekend with two wins from the opening four Verizon IndyCar Series races.
Reigning series champion Simon Pagenaud took his first oval race win last time out in Phoenix while in only his third race for Team Penske at Barber Motorsports Park, Josef Newgarden took victory.
Roger Penske’s decision to run five cars for the month of May was fantastic and has given him not only a great opportunity to win this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course but alao later this month with the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Penske has increased his opportunity of winning an unprecedented 17th Indianapolis 500 this year by bringing Montoya back for the race this year.
Montoya is Penske’s last Indianapolis 500 winner having come from the bacl of the 33 car field to win the race.
The Colombian will be hoping that he can challenge for the wins both this weekend and at the end of the month.
Montoya is not worried about working with a new crew either has Penske has put together a crew from his IndyCar operation that he has worked with before and their recent teat went extremely well and it was as if he hadn’t been put of the car.
Speaking ahead of the race this weekend, Montoya stated:
“I’m so excited to get back on track with the Verizon IndyCar Series. I’ve run a few tests but will run my first race since last season at the INDYCAR Grand Prix. Indianapolis is one of those special places in motorsports. The buzz surrounding the whole city for the month can be felt. I guess I should feel a little behind, but I don’t. The guys on the Fitzgerald Glider Kits team have been in tune and mixed in with the other teams all season, so we have all the data and those tests went really well. I’m definitely looking forward to it.”