Juan Pablo Montoya will join forces in open-wheel racing with Team Penske in 2014.
Montoya, winner of the 2000 Indianapolis 500, will return to IndyCar from Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, where he has been running in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series full time since 2007.
The former F1 driver is expected to finish the year with EGR after what has been a generally disappointing stint in stock car racing for the native of Colombia.
"I am really excited to join this legendary team beginning next year," Montoya, 37, said in a Team Penske statement today. "I have had the opportunity to drive for some of the best racing teams in the world, and I have always admired Roger Penske and his organization. I consider it an honor to be offered the opportunity to drive for Team Penske."
Commented Birmingham-based Penske in a team release: "Juan is a proven winner at all levels of motorsport. He has won a lot of races and championships and he has an extremely passionate fan base. We look forward to building on his successes together and we believe he will be a great addition to Team Penske."
Montoya, winner of the CART Series title in 1999, will drive the No. 2 Team Penske Chevy/Dallara next season. He currently pilots the No. 42 Chevy in Sprint Cup.
Montoya will join IndyCar frontrunners Will Power and Helio Castroneves at Team Penske.
He could also drive in some NASCAR races as part of the deal.
Ganassi decided in August he was not bringing Montoya back to his NASCAR program next season. But he and Penske are fierce rivals in IndyCar, and Ganassi driver Scott Dixon is currently locked in the championship battle with Castroneves.
Montoya also had an offer in NASCAR to replace Kurt Busch at Furniture Row Racing next season. He visited that team's shop in Colorado, but his first choice was to sign with an organization that could give him cars capable of winning every race.
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