Juan Pablo Montoya, best known as an ex-Formula 1 and Indy Car driver and star, has recently revealed that he will challenge the entire 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship season. To top it off he will return by joining the DragonSpeed LMP2 outfit.
He has decided to make the exciting move after three entire seasons as a full-time driver in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in conjunction with the Acura Team Penske. Juan Pablo Montoya will join DragonSpeed drivers Ben Hanley and Hendrick Hedman in the teams solo Oreca 07, as the American team makes a complete full time World Endurance Championship return.
There has been great excitement from the team boss in light of the recent announcement that Montoya will join DragonSpeed soon. The team boss Elton Julian recently expressed his excitement and how he is very pleased to have such news confirmed in advance of the next season. Julian commented on how proud he is of the team and he described them as being fantastic for sticking together through an incredibly challenging year. It has only made the team more eager and hungry for success and to deliver for Hendrick and his co-drivers.
We witnessed Montoya’s first jaunt for DragonSpeed in this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours. He was a last minute replacement for Pipo Derani, racing alongside Memo Rojas and Timothe Buret in the two-time Indianapolis 500 winners second outing at La Sarthe. Montoya described this race as an amazing experience with the team this year, leaving him feeling very ready and excited to officially become a part of DragonSpeed and race at multiple classic venues with a very solid and experienced team of drivers.
To date, DragonSpeed have done well considering that they have only recently joined the World Endurance Championship for the 2018 / 2019 super season where they manoeuvred both LMP1 and LMP2 classes. The team also tackled an Oreca LMP2 for Pastor Malsonado, Roberto Gonzalez and Anthony Davidson, where they won a race at Spa and ended up third in the class standings.
With Ben and Henrick reunited (and Montoya also becoming an addition with his ultra gifted and highly experienced background) there is a high level of confidence coming from the DragonSpeed team. Spectators can enjoy witnessing this team battle it out to defend their LMP2 title in the IMSA season opening Roles 24, taking place at Daytona next January.
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