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Verizon ups role with Penske, will sponsor Juan Pablo Montoya for 8 races

Feb 10, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

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Verizon Wireless has confirmed it will serve as primary sponsor Juan Pablo Montoya for eight IndyCar races, which marks the first bit of primary sponsor news for the Colombian in his return to the series.

Verizon will continue for a full year on Will Power’s No. 12 Chevrolet; additionally, the wireless giant will serve as primary sponsor for all three Team Penske cars (Montoya, Power, Helio Castroneves) at the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 10.

“Verizon has been a terrific partner for Team Penske and we are excited to continue to grow our relationship with them in 2014 and beyond,” team boss Roger Penske said in a release. “Verizon’s technology and marketing activation has meant so much to Team Penske and the sport of IndyCar racing and we look forward to building on this special partnership in the future.”

The remaining 10 races on Montoya’s car are still to be determined. Verizon first partnered with Penske in 2009, with Power’s then-part-time third car and also with the team’s GRAND-AM Rolex Series’ Porsche Riley Daytona Prototype.

Here’s the car, via @PaddockInsider.

  1. timaug - Feb 10, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    HOPEFULLY, VERIZON WILL GET SOME VALUE OUT OF THEIR SPONSORSHIP MONEY WITH MONTOYA.
    TARGET GOT TAKEN FOR A RIDE, WITH GANASSI, WASTING TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS WITH MONTOYA.
    THE ONLY MEMORABLE INCIDENT FOR TARGET WITH MONTOYA, WAS WHEN HE HIT THE JET DRYER.
    HE WILL HOLD THAT PLACE, IN THE RECORD BOOK, FOR A LONG TIME.
    GOOD LUCK VERIZON,,,,,YOU WILL NEED IT !

    • indycarseries500 - Feb 10, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      Pretty sure Montoya took a CART Championship and an Indianapolis 500 in Target colors.

  2. mcc325 - Feb 10, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Was hoping Verizon would become title sponsor, but great news to see them becoming more involved in any capacity

    • indycarseries500 - Feb 10, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      I still think it’s in play. Verizon could be huge for the series…especially when a competitor sponsors the most popular series in the US.

  3. rodmaggert - Feb 11, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Nascar will have to throw more debris cautions because the Juan Pablo caution is no longer available.

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