Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya, who raced for Acura Team Penske in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship full time for the past three seasons, is getting a change of address in 2021.
Montoya, 45, will race for the 10Star DragonSpeed LMP2 program for a 2021 campaign that will includes the full schedule of the World Endurance Championship, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the IMSA Rolex 24 at Daytona. He will be matched with Ben Hanley and Henrik Hedman.
Montoya raced with the DragonSpeed USA entry at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans in September, finishing 49th.
DragonSpeed put together an IndyCar effort for the past two Indianapolis 500s, where Hanley finished 23rd in 2020 and 32nd in 2019. The team has since dropped its IndyCar program. On the IMSA side, 10star DragonSpeed has been an LMP2 class winner at the Rolex 24 each of the past two seasons.
“I’m really excited to be joining DragonSpeed for the full WEC season,” Montoya said in a press release. “I had an amazing experience with them this year at Le Mans and I’m looking forward to racing again at so many classic venues with such a great group of people.”
The 2021 WEC season kicks off on March 19 at Sebring, where just this past weekend, Montoya teamed with Dane Cameron and Simon Pagenaud to finish second overall in the Acura Team Penske DPi.
Montoya’s signing means three of the four drivers in Penske’s now-shuttered IMSA program have found landing spots for 2021. Cameron will remain in the Acura DPi, but with Meyer Shank Racing, while Helio Castronves will by returning to IndyCar to race for that same Meyer Shank Racing organization. The fourth member or the Penske team, Ricky Taylor, has yet to announce his 2021 plans.
“DragonSpeed and Ben are family, and I wouldn’t change our combination for anything,” Hedman said. “Ben confirms his star status every time he gets in the car. It’s an honor to welcome Juan to the squad. We have a lot to look forward to having seen his contributions on and off track at Le Mans this year. With a Bronze drivers championship being added to the WEC, I’m confident we will challenge for that title, having been the highest-scoring Bronze in the ELMS four years in a row. I wouldn’t rule out us having a shot at the overall LMP2 title either.”
10Star DragonSpeed team principal Elton Julian added, “I’m super pleased to make this announcement well in advance of next season. Our fantastic crew has stuck together through an incredibly challenging year, and are hungrier than ever to deliver for Henrik and his co-drivers. Having Henrik and Ben together again while adding Juan’s ultra-gifted and experienced hands to the equation gives me tremendous confidence in our potential not only to fight for our class titles but also feature high up in the overall results as the new top class finds its feet. Bring on 2021.”
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