News & Multimedia

Montoya Returns For Kroger Super Weekend

By Juan Pablo Montoya’s estimation, the Brickyard 400 owes him at least one victory. He’s already pointing to July 27 to celebrate in Victory Circle.

The Verizon IndyCar Series driver and Team Penske announced April 30 that they’ll enter the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway along with the June 15 event at Michigan International Speedway.

“Coming here to the Brickyard, it’s one of those places where I feel like I got robbed a few times. To be able to come here and be able to close that deal will be really, really nice,” Montoya said an hour before climbing in the No. 2 Verizon Team Penske car for an Open Test on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

Montoya, who competed in stock car racing from 2007-13, tested April 23 at Nashville Superspeedway.

“I felt like it was a good test and everyone seemed happy. I was very happy that I got up to speed very easy. Within five laps I was comfortable in the car,” said Montoya, who has a best finishes of second in the Brickyard 400 and sixth at MIS. “I think running Michigan and here are two tracks where running open-wheel helps you, especially Michigan, which is a lot like an open-wheel car because you don’t slow down much and use momentum and a lot of high speed.

“For me, this opportunity is pretty unique. We always talked about with (team owner) Roger (Penske) about an INDYCAR-focused deal from the beginning. This year it would be nice to be in a car because they are so competitive this year week in and week out. Both the 2 (Brad Keselowski) and 22 (Joey Logano) are running up front.”

Both Team Penske drivers have won already this season.

"It has been a good start to the season with Team Penske in the Verizon IndyCar Series and it will be fun to get back behind the wheel of the Cup car," said Montoya, the 2000 Indianapolis 500 winner. "It's hard to believe, but Roger Penske has never won the Brickyard 400. I think that Brad, Joey and I will give Roger and Team Penske a great opportunity to check that off the list and we should be strong at Michigan as well."

Montoya has recorded two wins, 24 top-five finishes and nine pole awards in his Cup Series career with Chip Ganassi Racing.

“It’s good to be able to sit here and know that with our NASCAR program we can give Juan a chance to fulfill one of his goals in NASCAR,” Penske Racing President Tim Cindric said. “Not only to win here at the Brickyard, but to run on an oval and actually do some unfinished business in winning on an oval in NASCAR.

“With the success that our organization has had this year, it is a complement to the program. When we went through our discussions with Juan, there was really never a promise to go NASCAR racing. Our focus was on Indy cars, but as we looked at how the season progressed, we saw the opportunity to run at the Brickyard. It’s an important race for everybody in NASCAR, not just for our organization. It’s one of the biggest races of the year and to go there with somebody that could have won the race a few of times already is something that we’re looking forward to.

“To just run the Brickyard would be a pretty big ask of our team and of Juan, without having spent much time in our cars or having been out in a Cup car for a while, so we felt like we needed to give him another shot at it prior to the Brickyard so he could get ready for us.”

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
Montoya Returns For Kroger Super Weekend
 
Montoya Returns For Kroger Super Weekend
The 38-year-old Colombian will drive the No. 12 Ford Fusion in the June 15 race at Michigan International Speedway, and again July 27 during the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Read More
Related Media
Scott Dixon wins the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship
 
Monday Racing Roundup: What A Finish! Dixon Wins Race, Title On Tiebreak
Juan Pablo Montoya entered the 85-lap GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma with a 34-point cushion on second-place Graham Rahal and 47-point lead on Scott Dixon. But it was Dixon, who started ninth in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, who departed Wine Country with the title. Dixon won for the second consecutive year at Sonoma Raceway, and claimed the title on a tiebreaker with three race wins to Montoya's two wins.
Read More
Justin Wilson
 
Justin Wilson Children's Fund Update
INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway encourage racing fans to make donations to a new fund established to support the family of Justin Wilson. Donations to the Wilson Children's Fund can be made online at www.wilsonchildrensfund.com or sent to the following address:
Read More
Will Power on pit lane at Detroit
 
Power looks to retain IndyCar title Sunday at Sonoma despite heavy heart
The last thing defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power wants to do is surrender his crown this weekend at the season finale in Sonoma at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma. Power is still in the title hunt, but he admitted it’s hard to muster the usual excitement after the loss of Justin Wilson on Monday.
Read More
Justin Wilson
 
Justin Wilson 1978-2015
INDYCAR announced that driver Justin Wilson, who enjoyed success in multiple motorsports series during a two-decade professional career, died today from a head injury suffered in the Verizon IndyCar Series race Aug. 23 at Pocono Raceway. He was 37.
Read More
Justin Wilson
 
IMS Statement Regarding Justin Wilson
A statement from Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles about the passing of Indianapolis 500 and United States Grand Prix veteran Justin Wilson:
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 2,035
Reserve one of our hospitality suites for your next event!
To start planning your event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway please fill out our Information Request Form or contact Laura Wyamn at (317) 492-8557 or email at lwyman@brickyard.com.
Latest Tweets
So grateful for the love and support race fans have shown for Justin’s family, friends & INDYCAR community. http://t.co/XVczFkzLqe
about 14 hours ago