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Juan Pablo Montoya to make Le Mans return with DragonSpeed

The 44-year-old Colombian has been known as as much as drive the #21 DragonSpeed Oreca 07 alongside Memo Rojas and Timothe Buret for what will probably be his second Le Mans begin.

Montoya, who received final yr’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship driving for Acura Team Penske along with Dane Cameron, takes the place of three-time Sebring 12 Hours winner Pipo Derani within the line-up aboard DragonSpeed’s lead entry. 

Team sources have confirmed that Montoya will drive the automotive within the double-points FIA World Endurance Championship occasion on September 19/20. 

An official announcement is predicted after the workforce has gone by means of the official procedures required to alter a driver by race organiser the Automobile Club de l’Ouest. 

It is known that Montoya was approached by DragonSpeed boss Elton Julian, whose workforce additionally races within the IndyAutomobile Series, after a breakdown in its relationship with Derani. 

Montoya’s first Le Mans begin got here with the United Autosports LMP2 squad co-owned by McLaren Racing boss Zak Brown in 2018. He shared a Ligier JS P217 with American Will Owen and Swiss Hugo de Sadeleer (pictured beneath).

#32 United Autosports Ligier JSP217 Gibson: Huge de Sadeleer, Will Owen, Juan Pablo Montoya

Photo by: Ashleigh Hartwell / Motorsport Images


They completed fifth in LMP2 on the highway, however moved as much as third in LMP2 and seventh total on the disqualification of the G-Drive Racing and TDS Orecas for refuelling system irregularities. 

Montoya has focussed on sportscar racing with Penske because the starting of the Acura programme in 2018 and presently lies seventh on this yr’s IMSA DPi standings.

He has additionally received the Rolex 24 at Daytona on three events with Chip Ganassi Racing, with which he was racing within the NASCAR Cup.  

Montoya has outlined a need to attempt to declare the unofficial triple crown of motor racing by including a Le Mans victory to his 2000 and 2015 Indy triumphs and his 2003 Monaco Grand Prix victory with Williams. 

He examined a Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 automotive in Bahrain in November 2015, setting quickest time of the day within the official WEC rookie take a look at.


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