Juan Pablo Montoya spent just two years on the American single-seater scene first time around, but that was long enough to create a legend.
The speed and style with which he mastered the CART World Series, oval racing and even the toughest speedway of them all at Indianapolis left his United States rivals convinced that the Colombian would go on to be an all-time great in Formula 1.
It didn't quite work out that way, and perhaps Montoya's aggression and temperament were always better suited to the rougher-round-the-edges nature, atmosphere and venues of US racing.
Following the shock news that Penske had completed a deal to bring the Colombian back to single-seaters, AUTOSPORT picks the 10 key moments from when Montoya took the US by storm in 1999-2000.
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Matt Beer started freelancing for Autosport.com in the first week of its existence in 1999, and spent the next decade-and-a-half dovetailing increasing amounts of time contributing to it with UK national reporting, driver and team PR, freelance for organisations including ITV, BMW, Autocourse and the FIA Institute and a parallel career co-managing award-winning Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatres.
He stopped being stubborn and became Autosport.com's deputy editor in April 2014. Matt also oversees Haymarket's talent development programme for emerging motorsport writers and escapes to cover Formula Ford 1600 races whenever possible.