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It's undeniable this is a sad day for Juan Pablo Montoya's fans. Today's performance at Martinsville is validation of sorts as to why he should get out of NASCAR or get to an organization that will serve him better.

I'm not saying is all Chip Ganassi's fault, Montoya has a lot to do with performance, after all he does drive the car, but we all can agree that Earnhard-Ganassi Racing is not a top tier NASCAR team.

There are no more excuses, this has come to the point where it doesn't matter who is at fault, is irrelevant, the last three years are a testament that this is just not working out.

Juan Pablo Montoya needs to move on to Indy or Grand-Am. I hope I'm wrong but I don't believe that his seven year NASCAR resume will get him a top ride in cup, there is just too many young guns available that will work for ice cream and a lifetime subscription to i-tunes.

I understand there will be some JPM fans who will rip me for those statements, but lets be honest my dear friends, running in the back sucking gas in a second hand car is not where a driver of Montoya's stature should be.

Maybe he could find a good ride in another series and finish off his career the way he started it -you know- WINNING. I just hope is not with Chip Ganassi.

As always this is just a fans opinion and from what I understand everybody has one and I'm thankful for that.

Enough said.

April 8, 2013  01:55 PM ET

At this point I think Cup has successfully killed JPM's racing career. Yes he is/was one of the best in the world, but after spending 6-7 years languishing in Cup any other team inside and outside of NASCAR will be questioning if he still has it.

He is currently 37 years old (according to Wikipedia) and is closer to the end of his career than the beginning. With the push in NASCAR toward a more youthful competitor (with mixed results) I don't see him getting a top tier ride in Cup, maybe Nationwide. I don't know much about the drivers' ages in Indy or F1 so there may be a chance at redemption in those series, if they aren't trying to get the youngest drivers to fill good seats.

Like I have said before I respect Montoya for his accomplishments in open-wheel, but he has not shown me anything in Cup that makes me believe he has what it takes to be a Cup driver. We have seen many open-wheel drivers try their hand a in NASCAR only to go back to Indy with their tails between their legs. That doesn't mean they are not decent drivers, Dario Franchitti left NASCAR and became a 3x back to back Indy Car series champion starting a year later. He has what it takes to drive an open-wheel car, and I think Montoya might be the same way, if he can get back to open-wheel he can rack ups more wins and maybe another championship before hanging up the helmet. I hope he does, because it's not going to happen in NASCAR.

April 8, 2013  05:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

At this point I think Cup has successfully killed JPM's racing career. Yes he is/was one of the best in the world, but after spending 6-7 years languishing in Cup any other team inside and outside of NASCAR will be questioning if he still has it. He is currently 37 years old (according to Wikipedia) and is closer to the end of his career than the beginning. With the push in NASCAR toward a more youthful competitor (with mixed results) I don't see him getting a top tier ride in Cup, maybe Nationwide. I don't know much about the drivers' ages in Indy or F1 so there may be a chance at redemption in those series, if they aren't trying to get the youngest drivers to fill good seats.Like I have said before I respect Montoya for his accomplishments in open-wheel, but he has not shown me anything in Cup that makes me believe he has what it takes to be a Cup driver. We have seen many open-wheel drivers try their hand a in NASCAR only to go back to Indy with their tails between their legs. That doesn't mean they are not decent drivers, Dario Franchitti left NASCAR and became a 3x back to back Indy Car series champion starting a year later. He has what it takes to drive an open-wheel car, and I think Montoya might be the same way, if he can get back to open-wheel he can rack ups more wins and maybe another championship before hanging up the helmet. I hope he does, because it's not going to happen in NASCAR.

Agree....and well said.
I've often wondered and commented that if JPM was in better equipment for a better team, how much better he would do......but I don't think that would make any difference......like you said.

The thing is, money is always at the root of things.

In 2010 JPM earned $$5,088,406

In 2011 = $5,024,851

in 2012 = $4,494,049

in 2013 so far = $940,688.

It is hard to tell a guy with 3 kids to walk away from that, even though he is not doing well.

April 8, 2013  07:58 PM ET

It's not the equipment.

Jamie McMurray has shown vast improvement since the switch to Hendrick power. JPM is just proving what any real NASCAR fan already knew, that he sucks and he should go back to open wheel with the little boys of racing.

April 8, 2013  08:00 PM ET

JPM.. has fans??.. NO WAY

April 8, 2013  10:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

It's not the equipment.Jamie McMurray has shown vast improvement since the switch to Hendrick power. JPM is just proving what any real NASCAR fan already knew, that he sucks and he should go back to open wheel with the little boys of racing.

You know I don't mind serious discussion so Ill ignore your statement...

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April 8, 2013  10:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

You're expanding your posts to NASCAR? Wow.

Nothing new there. Most of his blogs are about NASCAR.

The Tebow thing was a relatively short-lived crush/obsession.

April 9, 2013  12:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

At this point I think Cup has successfully killed JPM's racing career. Yes he is/was one of the best in the world, but after spending 6-7 years languishing in Cup any other team inside and outside of NASCAR will be questioning if he still has it. He is currently 37 years old (according to Wikipedia) and is closer to the end of his career than the beginning. With the push in NASCAR toward a more youthful competitor (with mixed results) I don't see him getting a top tier ride in Cup, maybe Nationwide. I don't know much about the drivers' ages in Indy or F1 so there may be a chance at redemption in those series, if they aren't trying to get the youngest drivers to fill good seats.Like I have said before I respect Montoya for his accomplishments in open-wheel, but he has not shown me anything in Cup that makes me believe he has what it takes to be a Cup driver. We have seen many open-wheel drivers try their hand a in NASCAR only to go back to Indy with their tails between their legs. That doesn't mean they are not decent drivers, Dario Franchitti left NASCAR and became a 3x back to back Indy Car series champion starting a year later. He has what it takes to drive an open-wheel car, and I think Montoya might be the same way, if he can get back to open-wheel he can rack ups more wins and maybe another championship before hanging up the helmet. I hope he does, because it's not going to happen in NASCAR.

With all due respect ( you and I always have great respectful discussions) I'll disagree with your contention that JPM does not have what it takes to drive a NASCAR race car, as you may or may not know I'm also an F1 fan (watched NASCAR because of JPM)
I have become a big NASCAR fan. The problem with JPM and all the other open wheel folks is that they don't get to the big budget NASCAR teams.
To go fast you need lots of money, nascar budgets are not published as they are in F1 but I would bet that with one of Hendrick team budget (lets say the 48) I could cover expenses for two of EGR teams and have money left to buy a Lear jet or two. lol...
That is what it takes to drive a NASCAR race car fast.
NASCAR has most fans believing that all 43 cars have a chance to win or run well, they don't, there are about five teams that have that chance, each team has 2 to 4 cars and that pretty much takes up the top 20.
So if you run in the high teens and are not driving one of those cars you are doing a hell of a job.
Tell me what mid-level team has made the chase since it started? lets just say since 2007.
ONE, Guess who that was, it was Juan Pablo, he made the chase in 2009, look up and see what his teammate did, actually look up and see what all his teammates did since 2007 to present(driving the same junk) Mac has won some big races but where has he been in the standing?
Mac. started well this year but that won't last once they get to more of the mile and a half tracks.
Nascar is not brain surgery, JPM can drive anything and get the best out of it, he has done that with Ganassi's junk, and I'm being kind with the description.
I not a Ganassi fan, I feel he sold JPM a bill of good and wasted the men's time in the prime of a racers career (his early thirties).
If JPM was in a Gibbs car or a Hendrick car we would not be having that conversation.
Like to see JJ or Gordon in a ganassi car with the ganassi crew chiefs....where do you think that end up?
Look I like to see JPM in a competitive car, he is so much fun to watch, Don't know if you watched this years Daytona 24 but he dominated every time he took over the car and many times when he gave up the seat the team fell behind and he got them back up front, he is just amazing.
He has won all the important races in the world, I hope he can stay long enough to win Daytona 500 and that would make him the only driver ever to do Monaco, INDY, Daytona 24 and daytona 500.
Like the guy or not we most admit to do all that you have to be a hell of a driver ..and he is my friend.
That will never be broken because drivers no longer do multiple series.

April 9, 2013  12:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

With all due respect ( you and I always have great respectful discussions) I'll disagree with your contention that JPM does not have what it takes to drive a NASCAR race car, as you may or may not know I'm also an F1 fan (watched NASCAR because of JPM)I have become a big NASCAR fan. The problem with JPM and all the other open wheel folks is that they don't get to the big budget NASCAR teams.To go fast you need lots of money, nascar budgets are not published as they are in F1 but I would bet that with one of Hendrick team budget (lets say the 48) I could cover expenses for two of EGR teams and have money left to buy a Lear jet or two. lol...That is what it takes to drive a NASCAR race car fast. NASCAR has most fans believing that all 43 cars have a chance to win or run well, they don't, there are about five teams that have that chance, each team has 2 to 4 cars and that pretty much takes up the top 20.So if you run in the high teens and are not driving one of those cars you are doing a hell of a job.Tell me what mid-level team has made the chase since it started? lets just say since 2007. ONE, Guess who that was, it was Juan Pablo, he made the chase in 2009, look up and see what his teammate did, actually look up and see what all his teammates did since 2007 to present(driving the same junk) Mac has won some big races but where has he been in the standing? Mac. started well this year but that won't last once they get to more of the mile and a half tracks.Nascar is not brain surgery, JPM can drive anything and get the best out of it, he has done that with Ganassi's junk, and I'm being kind with the description.I not a Ganassi fan, I feel he sold JPM a bill of good and wasted the men's time in the prime of a racers career (his early thirties).If JPM was in a Gibbs car or a Hendrick car we would not be having that conversation.Like to see JJ or Gordon in a ganassi car with the ganassi crew chiefs....where do you think that end up? Look I like to see JPM in a competitive car, he is so much fun to watch, Don't know if you watched this years Daytona 24 but he dominated every time he took over the car and many times when he gave up the seat the team fell behind and he got them back up front, he is just amazing.He has won all the important races in the world, I hope he can stay long enough to win Daytona 500 and that would make him the only driver ever to do Monaco, INDY, Daytona 24 and daytona 500.Like the guy or not we most admit to do all that you have to be a hell of a driver ..and he is my friend.That will never be broken because drivers no longer do multiple series.

Im going to clean my comment to you and make it an article...you inspired me..lol

April 9, 2013  10:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Im going to clean my comment to you and make it an article...you inspired me..lol

I am glad I was able to inspire you for further discussion, and will reserve my comments to your post until then.

April 9, 2013  09:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I am glad I was able to inspire you for further discussion, and will reserve my comments to your post until then.

fair enough...

April 10, 2013  09:35 PM ET

I think Montoya would do better with another team with more quality.I don't think he would ever make champion but he would make the chase more often.But I don't really care one way or the other.

April 12, 2013  08:58 PM ET

Rumour has it that Ganassi is thinking of selling EGR to Menard.......(from Jayski.com).....wonder if that will come to pass......also wonder if the "E" is gone from team ownership.

April 15, 2013  11:08 PM ET
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Rumour has it that Ganassi is thinking of selling EGR to Menard.......(from Jayski.com).....wonder if that will come to pass......also wonder if the "E" is gone from team ownership.

I was also thinking that Jr would buy the name back from Teresa......

April 18, 2013  01:31 PM ET

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!

 
June 30, 2013  03:33 PM ET

Sixteenth at KY. What is the excuse today,,just wondering..

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