Entering Le Mans for a shot at the Triple Crown? Montoya “would think about it”

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Juan Pablo Montoya has admitted that he would consider racing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans for a shot at the prestigious ‘Triple Crown of Motorsport’ if the conditions were right.

The Verizon IndyCar Series leader is a two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, and has also won the Monaco Grand Prix, making Le Mans the only event he is missing from the Triple Crown.

Graham Hill is the only driver to have won all three races. The Briton’s first Monaco victory came in 1963 before winning at the Brickyard three years later. He then won at Le Mans in 1972.

In the modern era, drivers switching between disciplines has become increasingly uncommon, making Montoya the only active racer to have completed two of the three legs of the trifecta.

Speaking at the FIA Sport Conference in Mexico City this week, the Colombian admitted that his thoughts on Le Mans have changed in recent years, but he would only give it a shot in the right car.

“Five years ago, I couldn’t care,” Montoya said.

“Today? Maybe if I had a shot to be in the right car, I would think about it.

“But I’m so happy in IndyCar right now. I really love what I do. I love racing for Roger [Penske].”

Ahead of this weekend’s ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at the Milwaukee Mile, Montoya leads the IndyCar standings by 46 points from Penske teammate Will Power. You can read our full preview of the race here.

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.