Team Penske announced on Tuesday that two time Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya will drive for their new team in the IMSA WeatherTech sports car championship in one of the team’s Acura ARX-05 Prototype cars from the 2018 season onwards.
Montoya has been part of Roger Penske’s Verizon IndyCar Series set-up for the past four years and speaking about the announcement, Penske said:
We worked together with our partners at Acura Motorsports and Honda Performance Development (HPD) to bring together drivers that we believe will help develop our program and compete for race wins right out of the gate while also serving as great ambassadors for their brands. “Having Juan and Dane join our program brings together two drivers that have extensive sports car racing experience in the prototype class and have already won at the top levels of the sport. This represents a great beginning to our program for 2018.
Montoya who currently testing the new Verizon IndyCar Series 2018 Chevrolet universal aero kit is excited to start the new sports car project with Penske saying:
I have really enjoyed working with Roger and Team Penske over the last four years. “When Roger asked if I’d like to be part of starting this new sports car operation with Acura, it was an easy decision. I’ve always loved racing sports cars. It’s definitely a challenge and it’s going to be a lot of fun to develop a new car with Acura. I’m excited to start the testing of the ARX-05 next week. Team Penske started its winning tradition in sports cars and it’s going to be cool to be a part of a new chapter with the team.
Montoya is joined in one of the two Acura’s by Dane Cameron who commented on his role by saying:
Getting a chance to race for Team Penske is like a dream come true for a driver. “To see all of the effort and resources that Acura Motorsports is putting into this new program to develop and win with the ARX-05, it’s really impressive. I’m so excited for the opportunity to become part of the team and work with a guy who has done all the things Juan has done. It’s going to be an awesome experience to add my name to the list of drivers that have driven for Team Penske. I’m looking forward to a busy off season and coming out of the gates strong at Daytona.
Penske will announce the drivers of their second car at a later date.