Juan Pablo Montoya will make his second start in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Dragonspeed, replacing fellow IMSA DPi racer Pipo Derani.
As first reported by RACER, Montoya will partner Memo Rojas and Timothe Buret aboard the #21 ORECA 07-Gibson. It will mark his second appearance in the LMP2 category at Le Mans, making his debut in a Ligier JS P217-Gibson entered by United Autosports in 2018.
A win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans has long been a target for Montoya, as it would complete the Triple Crown, making him only the second driver to reach the prestigious accolade after Graham Hill.
The Colombian has previously won the Monaco Grand Prix in 2003 and won the Indianapolis 500 twice in 2005 and 2015. An LMP2 win, however, will not count towards the Triple Crown, as only overall victories count.
Derani has meanwhile explained his stepping down from the team with a statement on his Twitter.
“I decided not to take part in this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours but I wish DragonSpeed the best,” Derani wrote. “The circumstances were not completely right for me to be at Le Mans this year and ultimately it was agreed it was not the right course of action for us to race together on this occasion.
I wish the team all the best for Le Mans and look forward to being back at the race, which I have competed in and being successful at with a factory team in the past, in 2021.”