Nashville’s Josef Newgarden has been signed to drive the #2 Team Penske-Chevrolet for 2017, replacing Juan Pablo Montoya.
The 25 year old will switch from Ed Carpenter Racing, having finished the 2016 campaign in 4th, best of the rest behind the Team Penske 1, 2 and 3.
Newgarden has three IndyCar victories to his name.
In other news, Rookie of the year and Indy 500 winner, Alexander Rossi, who was rumoured to also be in the running for Montoya’s seat, has confirmed that he will be retaining his Andretti Autosport seat for the 2017 season. It is speculated that he has given up on his Formula 1 ambitions.
What next for Montoya?
Montoya’s future is still in doubt. It is believed that the 41 year old’s options include, Newgarden’s old seat at Ed Carpenter Racing, KVSH Racing, AJ Foyt Racing. Penske is also believed to have offered him the role of test driver for their rumoured IMSA Prototype project, together with the option of running an Indy 500 only fifth Team Penske entry.
IndyCar is scheduled to return on the 12th of March for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.