A lap 93 accident involving team-mates Jamie McMurray and Juan Pablo Montoya in Las Vegas took some of the blush off the rose at Earnhardt Ganassi Racing.
McMurray's #1 Chevrolet was running inside Montoya's #42 as the cars sped through turn three in Sunday's Shelby American at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. McMurray's Chevy twitched slightly, tapped Montoya's car and turned it sideways.
Both cars hit the outside wall and blocked the track in front of polesitter Kurt Busch, whose Dodge also sustained serious damage in the wreck.
McMurray, who won the season-opening Daytona 500 on Feb. 14, took responsibility for the incident, which relegated him to a 34th-place finish and Montoya to 37th. Montoya, whose engine failed last week at Fontana, clearly was annoyed by his second straight subpar result.
“Jamie plain and simple just wrecked us,” Montoya said of his team-mate, who moved from Roush Fenway Racing to EGR this season. “Every time I am around him, he wants to run the (expletive) out of me. I don't know if it's OK to say that, but I just did.
“On the restart (on lap 93) I was inside of him. I think he got tight and never lifted. I didn't hit the fence because ... it was a miracle. Then I arced it into (turn three), and he just plain and simple just wrecked us. I'm sure on the radio it was 'Oh, I didn't mean that.' He is just trying to prove to people he can drive a racecar, and I guess he isn't doing too many favours on this team.”
Although McMurray hadn't heard his team-mate's comments, he said it wouldn't have surprised him if Montoya were upset.
“You guys (the media) probably shouldn't put a lot of stock into what he said when you ask somebody something immediately after getting crashed,” McMurray said. “They typically don't have nice things to say … it wouldn't shock me that you're upset in a situation like that. We both had really good cars today and unfortunately we crashed.
“I just got really loose and underneath him, and he turned in a little bit earlier than what I was expecting. And when it did, it made it even looser. And I just had to catch my car and unfortunately I got into him whenever I did that."