Juan Pablo Montoya will make at least two further encore appearances in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, after Team Penske confirmed that he would be driving for them in this summer's races at Michigan and Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Montoya exited stock car racing at the end of last season after losing his seat at Chip Ganassi Racing to young rookie driver Kyle Larson. He has since moved back to open wheel racing where he originally made his name, after moving to Ganassi's arch rivals Penske with a full time ride in the Verizon IndyCar Series.

But on Tuesday, Penske announced that they would now also additionally field the Colombian in a third car alongside Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano in two Cup races this year, including the Brickyard 400 at IMS on July 27.

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"It's hard to believe, but Roger Penske has never won the Brickyard 400," said Montoya in a team press release. "I think that Brad, Joey and I will give Roger and Team Penske a great opportunity to check that off the list and we should be strong at Michigan as well."

Montoya won the 2000 Indianapolis 500 in his first and to date only outing in the event, before moving to F1 with Williams and later McLaren. He competed in six United States Grand Prix races on the road course at IMS during his time in the world championship with a best finish of fourth place. One of those races was the notorious 2005 event which saw all those drivers on Michelin tyres - including Montoya - pull in to pit lane and park before the green flag over safety concerns.

Since leaving F1, Montoya has competed seven times in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Indianapolis, and came second in his first outing in 2007. He led 116 laps in the 2009 race until a speeding penalty on his final pit stop cost him the win; and he was also out in front in 2010 with 20 laps to go before a tyre strategy call under a late caution left him stuck deep in traffic. Trying to fight his way back to the front, Montoya ended up crashing and he finished in 32nd place, leaving the Brickyard 400 feeling very much like unfinished business for the 38-year-old.

"Juan is a proven winner in multiple racing disciplines and he is one of the most versatile race car drivers competing today," said team owner Roger Penske. "Michigan and Indianapolis are two important races for Team Penske. We know Juan has the ability to race for wins in both of those events while still focusing on his full-time program in the Verizon IndyCar Series."

Montoya will compete in only his second Indy 500 event this year on May 25, and is currently at IMS with the rest of the drivers getting acclimatised to the new in-field road course that will host the Grand Prix of Indianapolis race on May 10 as part of the 'month of May' build up to the biggest motor race on the US calendar.

"It has been a good start to the season with Team Penske in the Verizon IndyCar Series," said Montoya, who finished fourth in the recent event at Long Beach in California. "And it will be fun to get back behind the wheel of the Cup car!"

Montoya's #12 Ford Fusion will be sponsored at Michigan on June 15 by SKF, a leading worldwide manufacturer and supplier of ball and roller bearings. A sponsor for Indianapolis will be announced in due course.