Weekly motorsport update - Daytona 24 Hours, Stoner's car move

Juan Pablo Montoya wins the Daytona 24 Hours and MotoGP star Casey Stoner moves to car racing

Remember the Formula 1 star that turned his back on McLaren mid-season to go NASCAR racing? Well, on Sunday in Florida, Juan Pablo Montoya proved he can still cut it in regular road racing by inspiring his Chip Ganassi Racing team to victory in the Daytona 24 Hours.

The Colombian, racing for his regular NASCAR outfit (with whom he also pipped evo columnist Dario Franchitti to the ChampCar title in 1999), put in a stunning drive to grab the victory in the final hour of the round-the-clock race for GrandAm sportscars. Sitting fourth after the restart, he charged his way to the front quickly and stormed away from the opposition to win by almost 22 seconds, collecting the trophy with his team-mates, Americans Scott Pruett and Charlie Kimball, and Mexican Memo Rojas.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to our exclusive new offer and SAVE 39% on the shop price, get evo for its original cover price of £3.00 an issue, plus get a FREE gift worth £20!

Meanwhile, recently retired MotoGP star Casey Stoner has confirmed that he is switching to four-wheeled racing in his native Australia this season. The two-time world champion will drive a Red Bull-sponsored Holden Commodore in the Dunlop V8 Supercars Development Series, the junior version of the main V8 Supercars tour. He’ll make his race debut on March 1 at the Clipsal 500 meeting, held on a shortened version of the ex-F1 street circuit in Adelaide. The 28-year-old also hasn’t ruled out moving up to the top-flight series for its biggest race, the Bathurst 1000 in October.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/porsche/911-turbo/202379/new-porsche-911-turbo-gains-lightweight-and-sport-packages
Porsche 911 Turbo

New Porsche 911 Turbo gains Lightweight and Sport packages 

The 2020 Porsche 911 Turbo hasn’t been with us for long, but a raft of packages and optional extras are already in the pipeline
26 Mar 2020
Visit/used-cars/19675/used-car-deals-of-the-week
used cars

Best used cars for sale this week

We’ve delved into the classifieds and chosen our favourite cars for sale this week
27 Mar 2020
Visit/corvette/202016/1200bhp-hennessey-c8-corvette-shown-testing-on-video
Corvette

1200bhp Hennessey C8 Corvette shown testing on video

The C8 Corvette has only just hit showrooms, but Hennessey Performance already has big plans...
26 Mar 2020
Visit/features/22907/hyundai-i30-fastback-n-versus-the-col-de-turini
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 Fastback N versus the Col de Turini

We take the Hyundai i30 Fastback N up the Col de Turini, a 31km stage of the Monte Carlo World Rally Championship
19 Jul 2019