Another former Indianapolis 500 winner has joined the exclusive list of drivers entered for this year’s event. Juan Montoya, winner of the 2000 and 2015 races, is returning to the Arrow McLaren SP stable, where he finished 9th last year. The legendary Colombian will once again join the team’s full-time drivers Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist for the road course event as well as the 500-mile spectacle.
Montoya will pilot the No. 6 Chevrolet this year, with sponsorship from the MISSION food brand. The 46-year old is aiming to become the next three-time winner at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, joining fellow legends Dario Franchitti, Louis Meyer, Mauri Rose, Johnny Rutherford, Wilbur Shaw, and Bobby Unser. The full press release from today is below.
[Arrow McLaren SP Press Release]
Juan Pablo Montoya, Arrow McLaren SP and Mission Foods will team up for a second consecutive year, with the two-time Indianapolis 500 champion competing in the No. 6 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet for both the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500. Montoya will again join full-time Arrow McLaren SP drivers Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist to complete the team’s lineup for the Month of May.
Montoya returns to Arrow McLaren SP after competing for the team last year, finishing ninth in the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500. This year will see him attempt to qualify for his seventh entry into the race, having competed six times in his career, including winning as a rookie in 2000 and again 15 years later in 2015.
“I’m excited to return to Indianapolis with Arrow McLaren SP and Mission, to once again compete in a race that holds a special place in my heart – the Indianapolis 500. I had a great experience with the team last year and look forward to building on the progress we made in 2021. I think we have a real shot at competing at the front of the field and challenging for the win.”
The MISSION brand will be represented on the No. 6 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet and Montoya’s race suit during both races, as well as continuing to be featured on the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet piloted by O’Ward and the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet piloted by Rosenqvist.
Mission Foods first partnered with Arrow McLaren SP in 2020 and the successful partnership continues to find new and exciting ways to activate and reach new consumers through the NTT IndyCar Series.
“We’re delighted to have both Juan Pablo and Mission Foods back for another Indianapolis 500,” said McLaren racing CEO Zak Brown. “Juan Pablo is an institution in motorsport, with two Indianapolis 500 victories and an impressive Formula 1 career with multiple wins for McLaren. He adds experience that really benefits our team, giving us another driver with the potential to win anytime he steps into the car.”
The 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 takes place on May 29, 2022 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Follow along with Arrow McLaren SP all season long on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube at @ArrowMcLarenSP.