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Montoya to Make Full-Season Debut with DragonSpeed

DragonSpeed returns to WEC in LMP2 class with Montoya among the drivers…

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DragonSpeed will return to the FIA World Endurance Championship next year with IMSA champion and Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya headlining its driver lineup.

Montoya will make his full-season debut in WEC having represented DragonSpeed and United Autosports at the headline 24 Hours of Le Mans round in recent editions.

The Colombian, who is not confirmed for a full-time IMSA DPi drive next year after Acura Team Penske’s three-yeard agreement came to an end, will co-drive the DragonSpeed Oreca 07 Gibson with DragonSpeed regulars Ben Hanley and Henrik Hedman.

DragonSpeed is returning to the WEC’s second-tier prototype class after skipping the 2019-20 campaign to focus on other racing activities in sports cars and single-seaters.

The American squad, which is based near Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, contested the 2018-19 WEC season with a BR Engineering BR1 Gibson LMP1 car as well as an ORECA LMP2 for Pastor Maldonado, Anthony Davidson and Roberto Gonzalez.

This year it ran part-season LMP2 programs in the ELMS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and also contested the Indy 500 with Hanley.

“I’m super pleased to make this announcement well in advance of next season,” said team principal Elton Julian.

“Having Henrik and Ben together again while adding Juan’s ultra-gifted and experienced hands to the equation gives me tremendous confidence in our potential not only to fight for our class titles but also feature high up in the overall results as the new [Hypercar] top-class finds its feet.”

Montoya added: “I’m really excited to be joining DragonSpeed for the full WEC season.

“I had an amazing experience with them this year at Le Mans and I’m looking forward to racing again at so many classic venues with such a great group of people.”

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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