Montoya & Cameron Join Penske Acura DPi Team

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Juan Pablo Montoya (left) and Dane Cameron (right) have joined Team Penske’s 2018 Acura DPi program as full-time drivers.

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Team Penske announced Tuesday that Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron will pair together as co-drivers for one of the team’s two Acura Daytona Prototype International entries in the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

The former CART champion and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, plus the reigning Weathertech Championship Prototype titlist, will make a formidable duo behind the wheel of the Acura ARX-05 next season.

Team Penske and Acura Motorsports will announce its other two full-time drivers, as well as additional drivers for the endurance races, at a later date.

The official unveiling of the new ARX-05 race car will take place on Friday as part of Monterey Car Week in California, while the full team will make its competition debut with the new Acura prototype sports cars at the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona Int’l Speedway this coming January.

“We worked together with our partners at Acura Motorsports and Honda Performance Development (HPD) to bring together drivers that we believe will help develop our program and compete for race wins right out of the gate while also serving as great ambassadors for their brands,” said team owner Roger Penske. “Having Juan and Dane join our program brings together two drivers that have extensive sports car racing experience in the prototype class and have already won at the top levels of the sport. This represents a great beginning to our program for 2018.”

Montoya is one of the most accomplished competitors across multiple disciplines in all of racing. He is the only driver to win an Indy car championship, the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Daytona, all in his first attempt. He is also a former winner of one of the most prestigious races in the world – Formula 1’s Monaco Grand Prix – joining Mario Andretti and Dan Gurney as the only drivers that can boast wins in Formula 1, Indy car and NASCAR.

In addition to his two Indy 500 wins, Montoya has topped the 24 Hours of Daytona three times and earned a total of seven Formula 1 victories in his career.

He is currently helping to test and develop the new Verizon IndyCar Series universal aero kit that will debut in 2018, and he will also test the new ARX-05 in preparation for next season.

“I have really enjoyed working with Roger and Team Penske over the last four years,” said Montoya. “When Roger asked if I’d like to be part of starting this new sports car operation with Acura, it was an easy decision. I’ve always loved racing sports cars.”

“It’s definitely a challenge and it’s going to be a lot of fun to develop a new car with Acura. I’m excited to start the testing of the ARX-05 next week. Team Penske started its winning tradition in sports cars and it’s going to be cool to be a part of a new chapter with the team.”

Cameron brings a winning sports car track record to Team Penske starting next season. The son of long-time winning racing engineer Rick Cameron, Dane is a two-time and reigning IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Series champion. He currently competes in the series prototype class for Action Express Racing, with one win and four podium finishes so far this year.

Over the course of the last three seasons behind the wheel of the Action Express prototype, Cameron has produced five class victories and co-drove to the 2016 series title alongside Eric Curran.

Cameron has a career total of 12 sports car wins across Grand-Am, American Le Mans and WeatherTech SportsCar Championship sanctioning, as well as the 2014 IMSA GT Daytona class title driving for Turner Motorsport.

“Getting a chance to race for Team Penske is like a dream come true for a driver,” said Cameron. “To see all of the effort and resources that Acura Motorsports is putting into this new program to develop and win with the ARX-05, it’s really impressive.”

“I’m so excited for the opportunity to become part of the team and work with a guy who has done all the things Juan has done. It’s going to be an awesome experience to add my name to the list of drivers that have driven for Team Penske. I’m looking forward to a busy off season and coming out of the gates strong at Daytona.”

CREDIT: Team Penske

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