Juan Pablo Montoya to Reunite With His Former Formula 1 Team for Indy 500

Published 12/27/2021, 12:34 PM EST
AVONDALE, AZ – NOVEMBER 09: Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 9, 2007 in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images for NASCAR)


In just two months, IndyCar will be back in action for the 2022 season. With this comes the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500, one of the most prestigious races in motorsports. Ahead of the new season and confirmation for the Indy 500, the seats are slowly filling up. Now, some rumors suggest that the Arrow McLaren SP team could potentially field Colombian veteran Juan Pablo Montoya in a third car.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

There were suggestions that Montoya’s involvement will solely remain in the Indy 500. Meanwhile, another former McLaren F1 driver, Stoffel Vandoorne, could be in the running for a seat after the Indy 500. The 46-year-old Montoya does have a fair amount of Indy 500 experience; he won in 2000 and also in the 2015 edition.

He has already competed with Arrow McLaren in 2021, finishing in a fine ninth place. So, it does make sense that the outfit will want his services for a second consecutive season. It is worth mentioning that his maiden Indy 500 win came in his very first IndyCar start. Additionally, Juan Pablo Montoya drove for McLaren in the 2005 and 2006 F1 seasons.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Will Stoffel Vandoorne also join Juan Pablo Montoya?

Admittedly, it will be difficult for the Belgian driver to compete for the rest of the season. This is because there are chances of a potential clash with his Formula E duties with Mercedes. The Formula E season commences in late January, while IndyCar kicks off in late February.

DOVER, DE – SEPTEMBER 21: Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge, stands next to his car on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Dodge Dealers 400 at Dover International Speedway on September 21, 2007 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images for NASCAR)

The 2022 Indy 500 takes place on May 29th, and beyond that, Vandoorne could be in trouble at a couple of races. For example, there is a Formula E race at Vancouver on July 2nd, but there is an IndyCar race at Mid-Ohio on July 3rd. Later on, there is a double-header in New York, clashing with the Honda Indy Toronto. Finally, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course race clashes with the London ePrix.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

DIVE DEEPER

Former NASCAR, F1, and IndyCar Race Winner Juan Pablo Montoya Reunites with McLaren for Indy 500

about 1 year ago

Enjoyed reading this article? Download our exclusive app to get 24x7 coverage, latest memes and social media banter. Click here to download.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Dhruv George

12555 articles

Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT