Juan Pablo Montoya returns to NASCAR for two races

RICHMOND, VA - SEPTEMBER 06 2013:  Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, looks on from the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 6, 2013 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

RICHMOND, VA – SEPTEMBER 06 2013: Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, looks on from the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 6, 2013 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Juan Pablo Montoya, open-wheel star turned NASCAR driver who returned to the IndyCar Series this season will make a brief return to NASCAR making two starts for Team Penske. Montoya will race the No. 12 Ford Fusion at Michigan International Speedway on June 15 and will also enter the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27. NASCAR veteran Greg Erwin will work with Montoya as crew chief of the No. 12 Ford entry.

“Juan is a proven winner in multiple racing disciplines and he is one of the most versatile racecar drivers competing today,” said Roger Penske in an emailed statement. “Michigan and Indianapolis are two important races for Team Penske. We know Juan has the ability to race for wins in both of those events while still focusing on his full-time program in the Verizon IndyCar Series.”

Montoya has three starts in the IndyCar Series in 2014, his best finish was a fourth at Long Beach. He won the Indianapolis 500 in 2000. He competed in NASCAR from 2007-2013 where he has recorded two wins, 24 top-five finishes and nine pole awards MORE>>>

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