Juan Pablo Montoya has completed Meyer Shank Racing’s lineup for 2021, with the Colombian having been confirmed for the Michelin Endurance Cup rounds in the No. 60 Acura ARX-05.
Montoya joins full-season drivers Olivier Pla and Dane Cameron alongside AJ Allmendinger, who will be the team’s fourth driver for next month’s season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Having been part of the development of the Acura DPi prior to its 2018 debut, Montoya brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of the Prototype platform to MSR.
“I’m really excited to be joining Meyer Shank Racing next year,” said Montoya. “I’ve always seen Mike [Shank] around the track and we had a really simple, straight forward conversation to get this deal put together for next year.”
Sportscar365 understands that Montoya takes the place originally earmarked for Scott Dixon, with the Kiwi now linked to Chip Ganassi Racing’s Cadillac DPi-V.R program in a similar endurance-only capacity.
Montoya’s arrival to the Ohio-based team, however, brings added chemistry, with he and Cameron having driven together for the last three years with Acura Team Penske.
“Dane and I have a really great relationship that has also turned into a friendship,” he added.
‘”We both really understand each other and know what we need from each other to be competitive.
“I’m looking forward to continuing the relationship with him. I’m also looking forward to driving with Olivier and AJ. I know AJ from back when I ran NASCAR and we banged wheels more than once.
“I’ve won at Daytona several times, but we have yet to score a victory with the Acura. It would be great to get that first victory and I know that with the lineup that Mike has put together we’re capable of doing that.”
In addition to his newly confirmed endurance role with MSR next year, Montoya will also contest a full season of the FIA World Endurance Championship in DragonSpeed’s LMP2 entry.