NASCAR » Juan Pablo Montoya to exit Earnhardt-Ganassi

Former F1 star Juan Pablo Montoya is to part company with his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team at the end of the current season, according to media reports on Tuesday.

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August 14, 2013 10:04 AM

Juan in an Indy car was great! Juan in an F1 car showed flashes of brilliance and moments when you wondered what he was thinking. Juan in a sports car is exceptional. Juan in a Nascar under performed considering the equipment at his disposal. Hope he goes to sports cars.


August 14, 2013 2:31 PM

The age is no problem for NASCAR, you can perform well there till well in your 40s. Montoya without doubt is an exceptional driver but it just goes to show that you need a different skill set for NASCAR than for other (real?) racing.


August 14, 2013 4:54 PM

Montoya is still very exciting to watch in the two road course races NASCAR holds each year, but IMHO his primary problem is the same as it ever was--he is overly-aggressive to the point where it frequently catches him out. Everybody loves an aggressive driver, and in NASCAR particularly the front half of the pack in any given race is pretty equally matched so that aggression often makes the difference between a top 10 finish and finishing towards the back. JPM, however, seems to have an issue with the line between aggression and poor judgment. That often results in a wrecked race car or a finish-kiling penalty. I think in any series where the races are relatviely short, or the equipment fragile, he is going to have the same problems. It seems like endurance racing, therefore, is made for him. He can have a few "offs" and maybe getting a drive-through penalty or two and still have time for his speed to carry him back through the pack.

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