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Juan Pablo Montoya to Run Two Sprint Cup Series Races for Team Penske

April 30th, 2014 at 10:28 AM
By Clayton Caldwell

Team Penske announced Wednesday morning that former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver and current Verizon IndyCar Series driver Juan Pablo Montoya will drive the team's #12 Sprint Cup Series entry in two races in the 2014 season. 

Montoya will race the #12 Ford at Michigan International Raceway in June and will also run the historic Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July. The Bogota, Columbia native is excited to get back behind the wheel of a Sprint Cup Series race car. 

"It will be fun to get back behind the wheel of the Cup car," Montoya said in a team release. "It's hard to believe, but Roger Penske has never won the Brickyard 400. I think that Brad (Keselowski), Joey (Logano) and I will give Roger and Team Penske a great opportunity to check that off the list and we should be strong at Michigan as well."

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Montoya has made 253 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts in his career, winning two races. Both of Montoya's wins came at road course events. In 2007 he won at Watkins Glen International and in 2010 he won at Sonoma Raceway. Montoya has run very well at Indianapolis in his Sprint Cup Series career, leading 116 of the race's 160 laps in the 2009 running. 

It was also announced earlier in the year that Team Penske development driver Ryan Blaney will also run two races in the #12 Ford this season. Blaney will run at Kansas Speedway in May and Talladega Superspeedway in October.

Montoya, who made all of his starts for Ganassi's NASCAR team, moved to Team Penske in the offseason to restart is IndyCar career as Ganassi made room for rookie Kyle Larson to move up. Many thought Team Penske would also field a car for Montoya at Sonoma and Watkins Glen this season with the past success Montoya had on the road courses but as of now he will not be entered in those events. 

Tags: indianapolis motor speedway, Juan Pablo Montoya, Michigan International Raceway, Motorsports, NASCAR, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Ryan Blaney, Team Penske

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