“I have really enjoyed working with Roger and Team Penske over the last four years,” said Montoya. “When Roger asked if I’d like to be part of starting this new sports car operation with Acura, it was an easy decision. I’ve always loved racing sports cars. It’s definitely a challenge and it’s going to be a lot of fun to develop a new car with Acura. I’m excited to start the testing of the ARX-05 next week. Team Penske started its winning tradition in sports cars and it’s going to be cool to be a part of a new chapter with the team.”
Team Penske announced today two of the four drivers that will compete full time for the team in the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, racing the cars of the recently-announced Acura Daytona Prototype International (DPi) program. Legendary Verizon IndyCar Series driver Juan Pablo Montoya will team up with sports car champion Dane Cameron to pilot one of the team’s two ARX-05 entries.
Team Penske is providing the Chevrolet-powered Dallara IR-12 chassis to be driven by Montoya.
“I think they did a really good job with it,” said Montoya, who will spend July 24 – the day before the Indy test – in Dallara’s simulator at its U.S. headquarters a few blocks from Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “I think going back to one aero kit for both manufacturers is good for the sport. … It opens the door to other companies to get interested in INDYCAR again.”
JPM Quote: “The Fitzgerald Glider Kits Chevy has had good speed all week. We haven’t changed a lot. We didn’t change anything from yesterday. It was good. The difference for us was we weren’t first out. The jet dryers put that little film down but it goes away pretty quick. You can win this race from all kinds of places. We’ll work on race trim tomorrow and Friday but I think we have a good race car.”