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Juan Pablo Montoya picks up two Sprint Cup races

April 30, 2014, Staff report,

Team Penske brings on veteran for Michigan, Brickyard

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Juan Pablo Montoya will return to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2014 for two races with Team Penske, the team announced Wednesday.


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The 38-year-old Colombian will drive the No. 12 Ford Fusion in the June 15 race at Michigan International Speedway, and again July 27 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Greg Erwin will serve as crew chief, and SKF will sponsor the No. 12 car at Michigan.

Montoya has 253 career starts in the Sprint Cup Series, with two wins, 24 top-fives and 59 top-10s. All of his races came for Chip Ganassi, with every start but one in the No. 42. He was a full-time driver in the Sprint Cup Series from 2007-13.

"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."

Ganassi announced late last season that Kyle Larson would pilot the No. 42 in 2014.

Montoya, a former open-wheel champion, drives for Roger Penske in the IndyCar Series.

"Juan is a proven winner in multiple racing disciplines and he is one of the most versatile racecar drivers competing today," Penske said in the release. "Michigan and Indianapolis are two important races for Team Penske. We know Juan has the ability to race for wins in both of those events."


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