Nov 15, 2013; Homestead, FL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Juan Pablo Montoya during practice for the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Juan Montoya returns to NASCAR for Indianapolis, Michigan

Juan Pablo Montoya has been absent from the NASCAR scene so far in 2014 since making a return to the Verizon IndyCar Series to drive for Team Penske. He will be making sporadic returns to the Sprint Cup Series, though, later this season, driving a third entry for Team Penske in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27 and prior to that at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., on June 15. He’ll drive a No. 12 Ford for the team as a teammate to Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano.

“this opportunity is pretty unique,” Montoya said. “We always talked with (team owner) Roger (Penske) about an IndyCar-focused deal from the beginning. This year, it would be nice to be in a (Penske) car, because they are so competitive week in and week out. Both (Penske drivers) are running up front.”

Montoya got his feel back for a stock car recently at a test with Team Penske at Nashville Superspeedway near Lebanon, Ten. Previously, Montoya drove for Chip Ganassi in the Sprint Cup Series, posting two wins, both on road courses. Although winless in NASCAR at Indianaplis, he did finish second at the Brickyard in 2007 and led the most laps in the races there in 2009 and 2010.

“It’s one of the places where I feel like I got robbed a few times,” Montoya said. “To be able to come here and be able to close that deal will be really, really nice.”

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