BRISTOL, Tenn. – Team Penske announced Saturday morning at Bristol Motor Speedway that Fitzgerald Glider Kits, North America’s leading truck glider kit assembler, will serve as primary sponsor for Juan Pablo Montoya during the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 28.
Montoya will be pursuing his third Indianapolis 500 victory, after winning the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” in 2015 for Team Penske.
The Indy 500 partnership is part of a three-race deal that Fitzgerald has inked with Team Penske in the Verizon IndyCar Series this year.
Fitzgerald will also serve as the primary sponsor for Montoya at the INDYCAR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on May 13, as well as for Josef Newgarden in the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park this weekend.
“Team Penske is proud to work with Fitzgerald and to have the company build on its partnership with us in NASCAR to now expand to INDYCAR, it certainly shows their commitment to motorsports and to our organization,” said team owner Roger Penske. “This is a great opportunity for our team and Fitzgerald to team up for the greatest motorsport event in the world – the Indianapolis 500. With a two-time Indy 500 winner and proven champion in Juan Pablo Montoya behind the wheel, it definitely could be a special month of May at Indianapolis for Fitzgerald and our other partners.”
In addition to his two Indianapolis 500 wins, Montoya has also earned victories in Formula 1, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and in sports car racing, including three triumphs in the prestigious Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Montoya captured the Indy car title in 1999 during his rookie season, on the strength of seven wins. His 2015 Indy 500 victory represented the record 16th win for Team Penske in the event. His first Indy 500 win came in 2000.
“To be a part of the Indianapolis 500, and to do it with Team Penske, is going to be so exciting for our employees and customers,” said Fitzgerald founder Tommy Fitzgerald Sr. “What makes it even more special is getting a chance to work with a driver like Juan who has such an incredible resume and track record at Indy. We are really excited to showcase the Fitzgerald brand to the fans of INDYCAR while still being a big part of Team Penske’s NASCAR operation. We’re looking forward to building on this momentum for the rest of the year.”
Saturday’s announcement coincides with the official unveiling of the No. 2 Fitzgerald Ford Fusion that Brad Keselowski will race in two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series events later this season – the spring race at Talladega Superspeedway on May 7 and the fall race at Richmond Int’l Raceway on Sept. 9.
Fitzgerald is also a primary sponsor for Team Penske’s NASCAR XFINITY Series team for three events – including this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway – and has a partnership with Brad Keselowski Racing and Austin Cindric in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
CREDIT: Team Penske