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Montoya, Cameron Confirmed in Penske Acura DPi

Juan Pablo Montoya, Dane Cameron confirmed in Penske Acura lineup…

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Team Penske has announced the first two full-season drivers for its Acura ARX-05 DPi program, with Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron confirmed for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season with the legendary team.

While Montoya’s confirmation comes as no surprise, reigning Prototype champion Cameron will make the switch from Action Express Racing at the end of the season.

“We worked together with our partners at Acura Motorsports and Honda Performance Development 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,” said Roger Penske.

“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, the only driver to win an IndyCar championship, Indianapolis 500 and Rolex 24 at Daytona, all in his first attempt, will transition to full-time sports car competition after sporadic starts in recent years.

The Colombian most recently tested Risi Competizione’s Ferrari 488 GTE in February, and before then, turned laps in a Porsche 919 Hybrid, with an eye towards a career shift.

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

While Montoya will make his WeatherTech Championship debut, Cameron enters the team as an IMSA veteran, with two championships and wins in multiple classes.

“Getting a chance to race for Team Penske is like a dream come true for a driver,” said Cameron. “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 final two full-season drivers will be announced at a later date, with the official unveiling of the ARX-05 car set to take place on Friday as part of Monterey Car Week in California.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

33 Comments

33 Comments

  1. Me

    August 15, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Wow!

  2. jason

    August 15, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    How about that. We did not expect that one Dane!

    Safe to say driver #3 is Helio CastroNeves I think. Now for driver #4. Placing bets now!

    • Nick

      August 15, 2017 at 3:50 pm

      I wager 100 Space Credits for Sean Rayhall as driver #4.

      My Reasoning
      – He is a young American, a good ‘prospect’, if you will, that Roger can develop and work on.
      – He is making quite the name for himself with the LMP3 category in the ELMS for United Autosport by winning several races this season.

      • Andrew

        August 15, 2017 at 4:04 pm

        I’m with ya there, he is a beast of a driver. Saw him pedal a 914-6 at The Mitty in pouring rain and just crush the field. He seemed to be on his way as a PC driver coach and moving up but recently, and I haven’t been paying as much attention, he’s gone quiet here in the US.

      • NASCAR/DPs Suck

        August 15, 2017 at 5:02 pm

        I’d love to see it, seems like a really talented driver who really works hard. Plus he’d probably be cheap compared to JPM or Helio.

    • Ed Joras

      August 15, 2017 at 5:30 pm

      Andy Lally

      • Harry Manback

        August 15, 2017 at 5:38 pm

        Eversley

        • TF110

          August 15, 2017 at 6:44 pm

          Takuma Sato 😀

          • Mike S.

            August 15, 2017 at 7:46 pm

            How about Pagenaud for NAEC races at least. He was pretty good in sportscars and he’s not too bad in Indycar with Penske already.

          • kv

            August 16, 2017 at 3:14 pm

            Right on for TAKUSAN !

  3. Kurt

    August 15, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    It’s about time we see Cameron in a factory ride. He’s done work with Honda’s F4 car before I think.

  4. Harry Manback

    August 15, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    AXR to condense down to a single car, then merge with WTR to form a unified Cadillac Factory Team.

    It’s kinda rather awkward now having them both be *technically* factory teams. Why not pool the resources to go up against Joest, Penske, and Derani -I mean- ESM.

    • Mamozrenesis

      August 15, 2017 at 4:32 pm

      Is the WTR+AXR merge only your opinion or do you know something we don’t?
      Anyway it does make sense for Cadillac not to split their resources to 2 teams in order to better fight against powerful teams like Penske and Joest!
      But this will mean only 2 Caddies on the grid!

      • Matt

        August 15, 2017 at 5:55 pm

        I expect some to be purchased this winter, even next year the caddy will be a hard package to say no to

      • Jack

        August 15, 2017 at 6:24 pm

        his uniformed opinion because AXR said in an interview that they are already looking for a replacement and to hear an announcement soon.

    • krzysiek_aleks

      August 16, 2017 at 12:12 am

      What about Albuquereque?

      • GrimBrotherOne

        August 16, 2017 at 12:41 am

        I hear he took a wrong turn…

        • Travis McBee

          August 16, 2017 at 2:40 pm

          And that wrong turn is? Specifiy please.

    • kv

      August 16, 2017 at 3:17 pm

      That is the soundest business case for GM ,great call Harry !

  5. Steve Heck

    August 15, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    great selection by The Captain. Cameron looks and races like a Penske guy.

  6. Luc

    August 15, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Ricky Taylor

    • Andrew

      August 15, 2017 at 4:05 pm

      That would be a hell of a shot across GM’s bow to steal a Taylor and Cameron from the Caddy teams. Knowing how and where to attack the car on track has to be great information to have.

    • jCage

      August 15, 2017 at 5:32 pm

      No chance of that happening. Also, Penske doesn’t need to poach someone that entrenched when likely every Porsche P1 driver has called him by now.

      • Blaneysellstrashbags@Ring24

        August 15, 2017 at 6:01 pm

        Might be a better chance than ya think. Some rumblings in the paddocks that Ricky might have an interest in Indy 500 and I think he tested with Penske already in an Indy car..would it be a longshot..yep but its not totally out of the question.

        • kv

          August 16, 2017 at 3:23 pm

          ED CARPENTER said ECR IS NO FARM DEVELOPEMENT squad,he can prove It by signing Ricky Taylor !

      • Rocket J. Squirrel

        August 15, 2017 at 8:11 pm

        “Penske doesn’t need to poach someone that entrenched”

        That’s funny.

  7. Blaneysellstrashbags@Ring24

    August 15, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    How about Nick Tandy…Nick has expressed a desire to drive a stock car so Tandy to Penske for DPi and maybe a one off at Watkins Glen in Cup?

  8. Ben Huckstorf

    August 15, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Very cool JPM. Road course master!

  9. Kyle

    August 15, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    Fantastic to see Cameron making the jump to Penske. Now I can root for him again. Really hoping to see Eversley or some soon to be unemployed Porsche guys for the second car.

  10. JPIZZLE

    August 15, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    GO SHANE GO!!!!!!

  11. Panoz

    August 15, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    Danika Patrick and yes to that Go Shane Go!!!!!

  12. Jason

    August 15, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    Full time driver number 4 could be a current porsche lamp driver you think?

  13. Matt

    August 16, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Porsche aren’t letting any of their P1 drivers go. Half are being shuffled to the WEC GTE team and the other half to FE. They’re all Porsche drivers first, P1 pilots second.

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