Juan Pablo must have impressed hugely in his first NASCAR test this week as Chip Ganassi wasted no time in announcing the Columbian’s race debut. Montoya will drive the No. 4 Texaco/Havoline Dodge in the ARCA RE/MAX Series event on Friday, October 6 at Talladega Superspeedway.
The 31-year-old will become the first Formula One driver in the 58-year history of NASCAR to compete on the circuit full time. He returns to the CGRFS organization with 137 starts competing in CART, IndyCar and Formula One, where he’s tallied 18 wins, 26 poles, 60 top-five and 79 top-10 finishes. Over his five complete seasons in Formula One, Montoya has finished sixth or better in the standings.
Montoya previously worked with team owner Chip Ganassi in the CART Series in 1999 and 2000. He captured the CART Championship and Rookie of the Year honors in 1999 while visiting Victory Lane 11 times in those two years, including a win at the prestigious Indianapolis 500 in 2000.