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After 13 years in the USA, Juan Pablo Montoya will return to the international stage in 2021: The Colombian will die with DragonSpeed Contest the World Endurance Championship (WEC) in the LMP2 category.
The 45-year-old becomes a teammate of the regular DragonSpeed riders Ben Hanley and Henrik Hedman, the team's financier. Montoya has already contested the 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans with DragonSpeed, after having competed for United Autosports in 2018.
The US team has moved into a new base near the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya since they started with an LMP1 Dallara in the 2018/19 season. In 2020, the focus was on ELMS operations. Since Hedman has a bronze ranking, the DragonSpeed-Oreca would qualify for the newly created LMP2 Pro-Am classification.
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"I'm excited about the season with DragonSpeed," says the 45-year-old. "Le Mans with them was already a great experience. I'm delighted to be back on many traditional race tracks with such a good team."
Montoya went to the USA after his Formula 1 exit in 2006 and drove NASCAR, IndyCar and IMSA there. In 2015 he won the Indianapolis 500 for the second time since 2000. Together with Dane Cameron, he won the IMSA SportsCar Championship title in a Penske-Acura in 2019. This commitment expired at the end of 2020, so that Montoya is now returning to international motorsport.
DragonSpeed will concentrate on sports car racing again in the future, after a detour to the IndyCars only brought an 18th place as the best result. Part of the expanded engagement also includes a return to the Daytona 24 Hours, which the team won in LMP2 in 2020. Eric Lux is the first driver.
team boss Elton Julian says: "I am extremely happy to be able to make this announcement so far in advance of the start of the season. Our crew held together during an incredibly difficult year and is hungrier than ever." He announces that he will fight for class wins and good results in the overall standings with the Hedman / Hanley / Montoya crew.
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