Juan Pablo Montoya to Return to Open Wheel Racing
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A popular driver is coming back to INDYCAR as Penske Racing has signed Juan Pablo Montoya.
Montoya left Formula 1 in 2006 and signed with NASCAR, where he won two races. Montoya joins Penske Racing and will team with Helio Castroneves and Will Power. Indianapolis Business Journal reporter Anythony Schoettle says signing Montoya will be important for IndyCar due to his popularity in South America. Schoettle says INDYCAR has critical sponsors in South America along with many fans.
Schoettle adds that the move also means INDYCAR might be in better shape than many think, since it took $4-5 million to put together the ride for Montoya.Montoya is the only driver to win the Indy 500, 24 hours of Daytona and Monaco GP.