Juan Pablo Montoya
It would be a difficult task to name a driver with more versatility and a better resume in the world today than Juan Pablo Montoya. The native of Colombia has produced winning seasons in Formula 1 and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series to go along with his career in the Verizon IndyCar Series that is decorated with memorable wins and accomplishments. Montoya has reached many milestones in motorsports, but the 2018 season will bring about a new challenge and opportunity for the veteran driver. While he has made several successful IMSA sports car starts in the past – most notably as a three-time winner of the Rolex 24 at Daytona – he has never competed full-time in the series. That will change in 2018 as he will team with former IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship champion driver Dane Cameron, for the inaugural season with Acura Team Penske driving the No. 7 Acura ARX-05 DPi. Simon Pagenaud, Team Penske’s 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series champion, will join the Montoya and Cameron for the endurance races at Daytona, Sebring and Road Atlanta this season.
Montoya is coming off a season in which he likely made fewer race starts than any year in his impressive career. Though he didn’t see a lot of race action, Montoya certainly kept busy in 2017. His primary focus was testing the new ARX-05 DPi for Acura Team Penske to prepare of 2018. Montoya did compete at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis 500, where he attempted to join teammate Helio Castroneves as a three-time winner of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” before finishing in the sixth position. He also helped test and develop the universal aerokit Indy car for Chevrolet that will make its competition debut in 2018.
Montoya joined Team Penske for the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season and he quickly acclimated himself to the winning culture of the organization. He totaled four wins in his three years of full-time competition, including winning the 2015 Indianapolis 500 for the team’s record 16th win in the legendary race.
Few drivers in motorsports history can match the credentials of Montoya. He is the only driver to win a CART Series title, the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Daytona, all in his first attempt. He is also a former winner of one of the most prestigious races in the world - the Monaco Grand Prix. Legendary racers Mario Andretti and Dan Gurney are the only other drivers besides Montoya that can boast wins in Formula 1, INDYCAR and NASCAR. The determined Colombian will look to add to his legacy with Acura Team Penske in 2018.
Montoya and his wife Connie reside in South Florida with their son Sebastian and two daughters, Paulina and Manuela.
Montoya Key Accomplishments
- Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner (2000, 2015)
- 2003 Monaco Grand Prix Formula One winner
- Youngest champion in Verizon IndyCar Series history at age 24 in 1999
- Three-time winner of the Rolex 24 at Daytona (2007, 2008, 2013)
- 15 career IndyCar Series wins
- Three career NASCAR victories