Former Formula One and Verizon IndyCar Series driver Juan Pablo Montoya will make his LeMans 24 Hour debut with United Autosports in June the team confirmed on Wednesday.
The Colombian, who drives for Team Penske in the IMSA Championship is aiming to score the motor racing triple crown by winning the LeMans 24 Hours. Montoya has already won the Monaco Grand Prix at the Indianapolis 500.
Montoya will drive the #32 Ligier JS P217 alongside Will Owen and Hugo De Sadeleer for the June 16/17 event. Speaking about the announcement, Montoya commented saying:
I’m very excited about the opportunity to experience Le Mans and I’m looking forward to joining United Autosports after they had such a strong finish at Le Mans last year. I’ve always watched the race so I’m very happy to finally be part of it. Hopefully we can have a shot at a win.
Montoya will be reunited on track with his former F1 and Indianapolis 500 rival Fernando Alonso at the most famous endurance race on the planet as the Spaniard will race for Toyota for the event.
Speaking about signing Juan Pablo Montoya, United Autosports owner and and Chairman Zak Brown commented by saying:
Juan Pablo has been around racing for a long time now and he knows what it takes to win. I’m sure he will bring experience and speed to the team, which is exactly what we need for such a demanding race as Le Mans.
Richard Dean, team owner and managing director at United Autosports stated:
I watched Juan Pablo race against us at Daytona this year and was so impressed by him through the traffic, he definitely hasn’t lost any of his speed or determination. He’s a great character so I have no doubt that he will fit into the team well at Le Mans. Although it will be his first Le Mans venture, he has a vast amount of racing experience, including wins at the Monaco Grand Prix and the Indy 500, meaning this Le Mans venture could be a chance for him to win the triple crown of motorsport. Either way, I’m looking forward to welcoming Juan Pablo to the team.