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Montoya Signed Up for Indy GP

Just a few weeks removed from being confirmed to drive a fifth car for Team Penske at the 101st Indianapolis 500 this May, two-time champion Juan Pablo Montoya will also now participate in the accompanying IndyCar Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course as well.

The event, which will celebrate its fourth running two weeks before the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, has regularly drawn non-regular teams and drivers that while not participating on the full Verizon IndyCar Series circuit, are running in the Indianapolis 500.

The addition of the Colombian veteran to the lineup ensures that at least 22 cars will be on the grid, a race that features its former winners as teammates to Montoya at Team Penske. Simon Pagenaud won the inaugural race and then won for a second time last May, while Will Power won from the pole two years ago.

Montoya has participated in each of the three previous runnings of the IndyCar Grand Prix, earning a career-best finish of third place two years ago.

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By Matt Embury

An auto racing writer for over five years, Matt Embury's interest in auto racing was influenced from his father's side of the family. His first recollection of live racing attendance was in the early 1990s watching winged sprint car action at Butler Motor Speedway in Michigan with his uncle and dad.

A major follower of both the Verizon IndyCar Series and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Matt has attended six previous Indianapolis 500s and rates Tony Kanaan's long awaited victory in the 2013 edition of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing as his favorite memory.

Outside of following auto racing, Matt is an avid fan of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish athletics program and can often be seen at home games throughout the season or running the audio controls on several ND-related radio programs. A native of Springboro, Ohio, Matt now resides in Mishawaka, Indiana.