Juan Pablo Montoya to make Le Mans debut


United Autosports has confirmed that Juan Pablo Montoya will join the team for the 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours.

The former F1 racer will join Will Owen and Hugo de Sadeleer in the #32 Ligier JS P217 for his debut at the prestigious endurance race.

Although Montoya will be making his debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, he is no stranger to sports car racing, as he currently races in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for Team Penske.

Along with his F1 career, Montoya has also raced and won in NASCAR and IndyCar and became the only driver to win a CART Series title, the Indy 500 and the Rolex 24 At Daytona all at his first attempt.

The Colombian has won many stand out races such as the Monaco Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500. These victories mean he has won two out of three races in the Triple Crown of Motorsport that remains Fernando Alonso's goal, leaving Le Mans as the final race to conquer to complete this goal.

"I'm very excited about the opportunity to experience Le Mans and I'm looking forward to joining United Autosports after they had such a strong finish last year," said Montoya. "I've always watched the race so I'm very happy to finally be part of it. Hopefully we can have a shot at a win."

"I watched Juan Pablo race against us at Daytona this year," said Richard Dean, Team Owner and Managing Director, United Autosports, "and was so impressed by him through the traffic, he definitely hasn't lost any of his speed or determination.

"He's a great character so I have no doubt that he will fit into the team well at Le Mans. Although it will be his first Le Mans venture, he has a vast amount of racing experience, including wins at the Monaco Grand Prix and the Indy 500, meaning this Le Mans venture could be a chance for him to win the triple crown of motorsport. Either way, I'm looking forward to welcoming Juan Pablo to the team."

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Published: 28/03/2018
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