Juan Pablo Montoya, of fiery jet dryer crashing fame, has signed on to run in the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for Team Penske and Acura Motorsports. He joins sports car champion Dane Cameron in the newly created Acura Daytona Prototype International program. And now we know what his ride will look like:
Like an angry spaceship! The ARX-05 is Acura’s return to endurance racing and will be featured in the 24 hours at Daytona race in January.
The Colombian Montoya has been racing in Indycar for the past four seasons after leaving NASCAR in 2013.
While his time in NASCAR was a disappointment by Montoya’s standards, his bona fides can’t be argued. Via NASCAR.com:
He is the only driver to win an INDYCAR championship, the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Daytona, all in his first attempt. He is also a former winner of one of the most prestigious races in the world – Formula 1’s Monaco Grand Prix. Montoya and legendary racers Mario Andretti and Dan Gurney are the only drivers that can boast wins in Formula 1, INDYCAR and NASCAR.
When you can be mentioned in the same sentence as Mario Andretti and Dan Gurney, you know you are doing something right. It’s just a shame he will be remembered in NASCAR circles for inexplicably running into a giant jet engine on a truck.