Juan Pablo Montoya Might Race the 24 Hours of Le Mans

Plus, BMW i4 and executive departures at Ford.

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Montoya at Le Mans

Having recently made the switch to full-time sports car racing with Acura and Team Penske, Juan Pablo Montoya might be headed to the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year. that the two-time Indy 500 champ could join United Autosports to drive its No. 22 car in the French endurance classic.

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Speaking to , United Autosports team boss Max Gregory said "we would like to run Juan Pablo at Le Mans this year, but we have no commitment at the moment." Talks between Montoya and United Autosports reportedly made good progress at Sebring last weekend.

BMW Confirms i4 EV

Speaking at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month, BMW chief Harald Krueger confirmed that the brand's "i" family is expanding. The i4, previewed last year as , is set to hit production sometime before 2025, per . The car will be built in Munich and is set to be a rival for the Tesla Model S.

BMW's next confirmed production EV is the iNEXT flagship, which is set to arrive in 2021. When asked whether the i4 would arrive before or after the iNEXT, Krueger said simply, "we will see."

Ford Executive Departures

Just a month after the surprise ouster of Ford North America president Raj Nair, two more executives are leaving the company. that chief brand officer Musa Tariq is out this week, and Raj Rao, CEO of Ford Smart Mobility, will leave May 1st. Reasons for their departures haven't been made public.

Tariq joined Ford in January 2017 from Apple. Both he and Rao were hired by former Ford CEO Mark Fields, who was ousted last May and replaced by Jim Hackett.

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