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Montoya returns to single seaters

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Juan Pablo Montoya: "I consider it an honour to be offered the opportunity to drive for Team Penske" © Getty Images

Juan Pablo Montoya will return to IndyCar in 2014 with Team Penske, 14 years after he left the series to pursue a career in Formula One.

Montoya has been racing in NASCAR since he left Formula One in 2006, but did not have his contract renewed with the Chip Ganassi Racing team for 2014. As a free agent he has signed with Ganassi's major IndyCar rival Roger Penske in what he hopes will be a return to winning ways alongside new team-mates Will Power and Helio Castroneves.

"I am really excited to join this legendary team beginning next year," Montoya said. "I have had the opportunity to drive for some of the best racing teams in the world and I have always admired Roger Penske and his organization. I consider it an honour to be offered the opportunity to drive for Team Penske."

Penske added: "Juan is a proven winner at all levels of motorsport," said Roger Penske. "He has won a lot of races and championships and he has an extremely passionate fan base. We look forward to building on his successes together and we believe he will be a great addition to Team Penske."

Montoya racked up 11 wins in IndyCar before driving in F1, taking the CART Series title in his rookie year in 1999 and winning the Indy 500 in 2000. In 2001 he joined Williams in F1 and won a race in his debut season before mounting a serious title challenge in 2003. In 2005 he moved to McLaren and won three races in his first year before his relationship deteriorated in 2006 and he left the team midway through the season to drive in NASCAR.

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