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08-15-13, 12:13 PM
Juan Pablo Montoya's options include sports cars, IndyCar
Former CART champion is looking for a 2014 seat after losing his Cup ride with Ganassi
It wasn't supposed to be this way, eight years after Chip GanassiChip Ganassi surprised just about everyone in NASCAR by signing a Formula One driver for a Sprint Cup Series ride.

Sure, there would be a learning curve for Juan Pablo Montoya, also a former Indianapolis 500 winner. Sure, there would be struggles like that of his ominous debut at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2006 when he exited the race after a crash set his car ablaze. But over time, Montoya's skill behind the wheel would translate to success.

At certain moments it did. He won his first cup series race within his first six months on the job at Sonoma Raceway in June of 2007. He qualified for NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup playoff system in 2009 during a season that was filled with 18 top-10 finishes. And in 2010, Montoya won his second career race at Watkins Glen.

But in many others, Montoya's performance continually lagged. His qualification for the Chase in 2009 was followed by three consecutive seasons where he finished no better than 17th in the point standings. In 72 starts in 2011 and 2012, he scored just two top-five finishes. He failed to finish some 37 of his 239 starts.

Now, after losing his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ride with Ganassi Racing, Montoya is looking for a new challenge for 2014.

Read more: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20130814/nascar01/130819925#ixzz2c3T8l7sZ
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08-15-13, 02:45 PM
wow. No way he goes back to Indycar, right?

Are any of the NASCAR ladder series an option?

08-15-13, 04:29 PM
wow. No way he goes back to Indycar, right?

Are any of the NASCAR ladder series an option?


08-16-13, 09:03 PM
I quit watching NASCAR after Earnhardt was killed--didn't like the way they acted at all after that. I only started watching again when Montoya started racing there. I don't see myself paying much attention to it if he leaves the series or ends up in an impossibly uncompetitive ride. As much as I like to watch JPM, I won't be watching Indycar if he goes there.


08-20-13, 01:59 PM
He is on the entry list for Bristol. I might have to watch the race!!

08-20-13, 03:17 PM


08-20-13, 09:38 PM
Read today he is talking to Andretti for next year. Not looking for riches, but a competitive ride.

08-31-13, 01:58 AM
Announcing @KyleLarsonRacin as the new driver of the @Target Chevy SS for 2014.