Juan Pablo Montoya will make his return to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driving for Team Penske in two races this season, the team announced on Wednesday. Greg Erwin will work with Montoya as crew chief.
Montoya will drive the No. 12 Ford Fusion at Michigan International Speedway on June 15 and he will also compete at the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27. He owns career-best finishes of sixth at MIS and a top result of second at IMS.
“It has been a good start to the season with Team Penske in the Verizon IndyCar Series and it will be fun to get back behind the wheel of the Cup car,” said Montoya in an official team release. “It’s hard to believe, but Roger Penske has never won the Brickyard 400. I think that Brad, Joey 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.”
SKF joined Team Penske in 2012 and has made three NASCAR Sprint Cup series starts. It earned its first victory with Keselowski at the wheel in the Nationwide series last season. The No. 12 SKF Ford will also be driven at Kansas on May 10 and Talladega on October 19 with Ryan Blaney at the wheel.
Montoya has 253 career starts in the Sprint Cup series, with two wins, 24 top-fives and 59 top-10s. All of his wins came for car owner Chip Ganassi.
Young rookie Kyle Larson took over the No. 42 for this season at Ganassi Racing.