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Montoya, Cameron To Drive Penske Acuras

| , RacinToday.com Tuesday, August 15 2017

Juan Pablo Montoya will be driving an Acura prototype for Team Penske next year. (File photo courtesy of INDYCAR)

Two drivers with extensive pedigrees in road racing will lead Team Penske’s 2018 excursion back into road racing.

The team announced Tuesday that former Formula One/Indy car standout Juan Pablo Montoya and American sports car racing veteran Dane Cameron will drive one of two new Acura DPi car’s in next year’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series.

Drivers for a second Acura ARX-05 DPi entry will be announced later.

“We worked together with our partners at Acura Motorsports and Honda Performance Development (HPD) to bring together drivers that we believe will help develop our program and compete for race wins right out of the gate while also serving as great ambassadors for their brands,” team owner Roger Penske said. “Having Juan and Dane join our program brings together two drivers that have extensive sports car racing experience in the prototype class and have already won at the top levels of the sport. This represents a great beginning to our program for 2018.”

Montoya won multiple races – including the Grand Prix of Monaco – when he was in F1. He was a two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 when he was driving Indy cars.

“I have really enjoyed working with Roger and Team Penske over the last four years,” native Colombian Montoya said. “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.”

Cameron is a two-time and reigning IMSA WeatherTech champion. He currently competes in the series prototype class for Action Express Racing and he’s earned one win (at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park) and four podium finishes so far in 2017. Over the course of the last three seasons behind the wheel of the Action Express prototype, Cameron has produced five class victories and he captured the 2016 series title. With 12 career sports car wins across Grand-Am, American Le Mans and the WeatherTech Sports Car Championship, Cameron also won the 2014 IMSA GTD championship driving for Turner Motorsports.

“Getting a chance to race for Team Penske is like a dream come true for a driver,” Cameron said. “To see all of the effort and resources that Acura Motorsports is putting into this new program to develop and win with the ARX-05, it’s really impressive. I’m so excited for the opportunity to become part of the team and work with a guy who has done all the things Juan has done. It’s going to be an awesome experience to add my name to the list of drivers that have driven for Team Penske. I’m looking forward to a busy off season and coming out of the gates strong at Daytona.”

The official unveiling of the new ARX-05 race car will take place on Friday as part of Monterey Car Week in California, while the full team will make its competition debut with the new Acura prototype sports cars at the 2018 season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona in January. 

| , RacinToday.com Tuesday, August 15 2017
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