Sports car veteran and former Grand Prix driver Franck Montagny will make his IndyCar Series return at next month’s inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

The French racer will drive in an extra car fielded by the Andretti Autosports stable as the series has its first ever race on the Brickyard’s road course layout on May 10, two weeks before the Indianapolis 500 oval race. Montagny will be joining the team’s full-time line-up of Ryan Hunter-Reay, James Hinchcliffe, Carlos Muñoz and Marco Andretti for the event.

He will pilot the team’s #26 entry, which will be handed over to NASCAR star Kurt Busch for the oval event a fortnight later.

Montagny has had one previous IndyCar Series outing with the team at the 2009 Grand Prix of Sonoma (pictured top), driving an AFS co-entered racer. His series debut came the year before in a one-off outing at Long Beach with the Forsythe/Pettit Racing team, where he finished an outstanding second to Will Power. Prior to this, Montagny had seven Grand Prix outings in 2006 alongside fellow IndyCar racer Takuma Sato at the Super Aguri F1 team.

The 36-year-old is today better known for his exploits in sports car racing, where he is a four-time podium finisher at the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans. He also works in Formula 1 media circus as a reporter for French television.

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.