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Report: Montoya out at Ganassi in 2014

Aug 13, 2013, 5:12 PM EDT

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Well, here’s one for the NASCAR silly season file. According to team sources who told the Associated Press, Juan Pablo Montoya won’t be back at Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates for 2014.

Montoya’s NASCAR career has been largely underwhelming with only two wins and one Chase for the Sprint Cup appearance (eighth in 2009) since his then-shock decision to leave Formula One midway through 2006. He’s spent his entire Sprint Cup career with CGR, first in the Havoline, then Target No. 42.

He also had a successful two-year run with Ganassi in IndyCar before heading to F1. He won the 1999 CART championship as a rookie, and took the 2000 Indianapolis 500 victory a year later.

The speculation will now begin in earnest as to who could replace Montoya in the 42. Ryan Newman‘s a free agent and this could be a potential landing spot for him. Kurt Busch? Possibly for the Furniture Row Racing driver, although you’d expect he’ll stay put after needing to change teams each of the last two seasons.

Logical speculation though would lead you to think Kyle Larson, Ganassi’s prized developmental driver, will play a role in the proceedings. He could either be promoted full-time or as part of a ride share with a veteran. Either way, expect that with this news, Larson’s chances of making a Sprint Cup race cameo later this year will increase substantially.

  1. georgiotre - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Reblogged this on Guy Opinionated and commented:
    This is very predictable. I kinda hope he goes to Indycar and forms a team there or looks somewhere else since he’s wasting his time in NASCAR

  2. indycarseries500 - Aug 13, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    I can see Larson and Mark Martin sharing the 42 next year. Cup will suit Larson well like how Tony Stewart was very average in Nationwide and has had a HoF career in Cup.

    As far as Montoya….Anything’s possible, don’t see him going to IndyCar though.

    • coldferrin - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:26 PM

      I don’t see him going back to Indy car. Also he was okay in formula one but I don’t see him going there, I wonder though if he will go to some kind of sports car racing like alms or German DTM.

  3. kangaroo125 - Aug 13, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Finally. Now he can go back to Colombia. Now if only Ganassi hires a real race car driver. Hire Newan.

  4. mnwildfan15 - Aug 13, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    Newman will be in the #42 next year

  5. bmcgrath2 - Aug 13, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    You have to wonder if this was a Ganassi decision, or a Target decision.

    Ganassi is one of the most loyal owners out there, so maybe it looks like Target may have wanted a change. If Kyle Larson takes the seat, I just cant see them splitting his seat time with a veteran like Mark Martin or Bobby Labonte. He’ll be all in for sure.

  6. drylake - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    So much for the experiment. Probably the only reason I watched Cup was to see him. If he had just won an oval race it would have been huge. Came pretty close a couple times. He was always near the front, but couldn’t find a dance partner. So much for the Spanish speaking demographic. A good run and he made some good money. He’s a true champion. NASCAR is that much less interesting with him gone. DW breathes a sigh of relief.

    • bmcgrath2 - Aug 14, 2013 at 8:27 AM

      Who says he’s leaving NASCAR? There will be open seats at Furniture Row, RCR, RPM, and other teams possibly expanding to another car, like a JTG Daugherty or Germain Racing.. He should be able to attract sponsorship, so I wouldnt say he’s gone quite yet.

  7. midtec2005 - Aug 14, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    I get the impression when I see Montoya that he doesn’t have the same passion he used to. He will probably still race because he enjoys it, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s in sports cars.

    • drylake - Aug 14, 2013 at 7:51 PM

      Being around that culture had to be tiresome for JPM. He doesn’t talk like them. He’s not a good ol boy.

      • bmcgrath2 - Aug 14, 2013 at 10:54 PM

        Meh, you should really educate yourself and get with the times, bro. That is a very poor generalization of NASCAR and NASCAR culture and professionalism. While I am guessing you probably wouldn’t like to believe, but the whole “good ol’ boy” stereotype in NASCAR is about 20 years too late. Take a look around, as drivers of all colors, genders, backgrounds and nationalities are coming up the ranks.

        Montoya was simply released because he carries major full sponsorship and simply hasn’t produced.

      • drylake - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:19 AM

        You know what struck me about Daytona? How many old guys I saw wearing suspenders.

      • bmcgrath2 - Aug 19, 2013 at 9:02 PM

        I know, right?

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