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DragonSpeed Make WEC Return with Montoya

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DragonSpped LMP2 car on track.
Credit: European Le Mans Series

DragonSpeed have announced they will return to a full season FIA World Endurance Championship campaign next year with Juan Pablo Montoya in their driver line-up.

Last time the team competed in the endurance championship (2018/19 Super Season), they had entries in both the top tier LMP1 class and LMP2, dividing the team accordingly. However, after sitting out of the 2019/20 season the team are returning with only their LMP2 entry. This is likely due to the rule changes and the start of the LMh era that will begin in 2021.

The American outfit started its endurance career in the European Le Mans Series in 2016, bringing in success instantly and achieving fourth in the standings at the end of their first season. As the team grew more competitive, they set their sights on stronger competition, ending up in WEC for the 2018/19 season. Although the team took a season off of the world series, they still remained in the endurance racing limelight, racing in ELMS and the 24 Hours of Le Mans through 2019 and 2020.

Montoya joins the team after having raced with the outfit in the 2020 rendition of the blue-ribband event, and will share the cockpit with DragonSpeed veterans Henrik Hedman and Ben Hanley.

“I’m super pleased to make this announcement well in advance of next season. Our fantastic crew has stuck together through an incredibly challenging year, and are hungrier than ever to deliver for Henrik and his co-drivers.” Elton Julian, the team’s boss, told Motorsport.com. “Having Henrik and Ben together again while adding Juan’s ultra-gifted and experienced hands to the equation gives me tremendous confidence in our potential not only to fight for our class titles but also feature high up in the overall results as the new top class finds its feet.”

“I’m really excited to be joining DragonSpeed for the full WEC season,” Montoya added. “I had an amazing experience with them this year at Le Mans and I’m looking forward to racing again at so many classic venues with such a great group of people.”

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