Montoya returns to Indy 500 with McLaren

Indycar Racing News

Two-time Indy 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya will get behind the wheel of a McLaren IndyCar for his seventh start in the American classic


Montoya has two wins in six starts so far at the Indy 500


Two-time Indianapolis 500 champion and seven-time grand prix winner Juan Pablo Montoya will return for his seventh entry in the Brickyard classic this year with the McLaren IndyCar team.

The Columbian, who won the race on his debut in 2000 and again in 2015, will be part of what currently stands as a three car team for this season’s 500, partnered by full-time drivers Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist.

Montoya ran the 500 with McLaren last year also, finishing in ninth place.

The former Williams and McLaren driver famously said of Indianapolis after a few practice laps “So far, it’s been very simple to get around here,” before winning it at his first attempt with the Chip Ganassi team.

From the archive

“I’m excited to return to Indianapolis with Arrow McLaren SP and Mission, to once again compete in a race that holds a special place in my heart – the Indianapolis 500,” said Montoya this time around.

“I had a great experience with the team last year and look forward to building on the progress we made in 2021. I think we have a real shot at competing at the front of the field and challenging for the win.”

“We’re delighted to have both Juan Pablo and Mission Foods back for another Indianapolis 500. Juan Pablo is an institution in motor sport, with two Indianapolis 500 victories and an impressive Formula 1 career with multiple wins for McLaren,” said McLaren CEO Zak Brown.

“He adds experience that really benefits our team, giving us another driver with the potential to win anytime he steps into the car.”