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Juan Pablo Montoya will receive an award from an organization that celebrates Hispanic pride. Here is a quote from their mission statement:

"Hispanic Heritage Foundation's (HHF) award-winning mission is to inspire, prepare, and position Latino leaders in the classroom, community, and workforce to meet America's priorities. HHF also promotes Latino cultural pride, accomplishment, and the great promise of the community through public awareness campaigns seen by millions."

Here is a summary of the event:

"On September 5th, 2013, the Awards will once again celebrate another class of Honorees in front of an influential audience of 1,200 black-tie, invitation-only guests which include White House officials, Members of Congress, community and business leaders, Ambassadors, celebrities, youth, and representatives from 40 national Hispanic organizations who co-host the program. During this special evening, an entertaining and moving stage production featuring the hottest Latino entertainers will pay tribute to the Honorees. The White House also supports the Awards."  

 The award will be presented at the historic John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC.

This is bad timing for a NASCAR who is trying to get into the Hispanic market, again, I'm guessing that they are, or maybe not. I find this sort of funny, the guy who is getting an important award from the Latino community for having stellar accomplishments in two of the three major racing leagues in the world, Formula 1, IRL and NASCAR has been fired from the series.

Not good timing for NASCAR, not their fault of course, but we at least entertained putting most of the blame on the way Chip Ganassi managed Juan Pablo Montoya's career in NASCAR, again, understand I'm not talking about Chips and Juan's relationship in open wheel, that was top of the line all the way, but in NASCAR Juan Pablo wasted his prime racing life, early thirties, chancing an impossible dream.

A NASCAR championship.

I'm praying to San Judas Tadeo (is a Latino thing) for Juan to get a good ride in INDY, not with Chip of course, but if he can get a decent top fifteen running NASCAR team with a chance to win a few races I be ok with that and I think most Hispanic fans would feel the same.

It would be great if Juan Pablo Montoya walked up on September fifth to receive his award and had a NASCAR job, maybe Mr. France and company could be in the audience cheering him on.

Now that would be positive image for NASCAR in the Latino community. Again if they are trying to lure some of those fans, if not, well I guess they're filling up all those seats so maybe they don't need it. I'm not good at sarcasm, but, did you get that last quote.

As always this is a fans opinion and from what I understand everybody has one and I God for that.

Enough said.

 

 

 

 

 

August 27, 2013  11:26 PM ET

Good Lord Man.

JPM wasn't fired from NASCAR. His current team declined to renew his contract. Happens all the time. The only difference is drivers with success in the series are usually picked up pretty quickly. Unfortunately for him, he has no success in NASCAR.

Are you dating the dudes sister or something? You act like he was the best driver to ever climb into a Stock Car and is being blacklisted.

August 27, 2013  11:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Good Lord Man. JPM wasn't fired from NASCAR. His current team declined to renew his contract. Happens all the time. The only difference is drivers with success in the series are usually picked up pretty quickly. Unfortunately for him, he has no success in NASCAR.Are you dating the dudes sister or something? You act like he was the best driver to ever climb into a Stock Car and is being blacklisted.

What are you talking about......when they don't renew your contract you are fired my friend.........are you serious ...lol...incredible. He got fired period, because he sucked on a terrible team if God himself was driving those cars he could not win there ...wow you don't get that.....

August 27, 2013  11:42 PM ET

If white people try to hand out an award like this.. honoring their own race for achievement.. they'd be called racists.. so why is it OK for the Hispanic Heritage Foundation to do it??

August 27, 2013  11:56 PM ET

Call them and ask them....that is my suggestion....good luck...lol

August 28, 2013  12:04 AM ET
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What are you talking about......when they don't renew your contract you are fired my friend.........are you serious ...lol...incredible. He got fired period, because he sucked on a terrible team if God himself was driving those cars he could not win there ...wow you don't get that.....

Are you serious? NASCAR does not hire or fire drivers. Period. So you think all the other teams look at Montoya and miss this phenom of a talent and don't take into account the team he was on? Or you think every team in NASCAR is in on this perceived conspiracy of yours to drive him out of NASCAR? It's funny, Kurt was driving for a team with inferior equipment and he had choices of teams to go to. You know the difference? He had success and he doesn't throw his team under the bus.

You my friend are a blind fan.

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August 28, 2013  12:28 AM ET
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Are you serious? NASCAR does not hire or fire drivers. Period. So you think all the other teams look at Montoya and miss this phenom of a talent and don't take into account the team he was on? Or you think every team in NASCAR is in on this perceived conspiracy of yours to drive him out of NASCAR? It's funny, Kurt was driving for a team with inferior equipment and he had choices of teams to go to. You know the difference? He had success and he doesn't throw his team under the bus. You my friend are a blind fan.

Now you are making up stuff I have never said NASCAR fired anybody ...please read before you comment...

August 28, 2013  12:36 AM ET
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Now you are making up stuff I have never said NASCAR fired anybody ...please read before you comment...

Maybe you should read your comments before you post them.

Being fired FROM NASCAR implies he was kicked out of the sport. He wasn't. You misspoke. He is still eligible to drive for any team participating in any of NASCAR's 3 series. It ought to tell you something that he hasn't even been offered a ride in Nationwide or Trucks.

Words have meaning. Use them more carefully if you feel like you're being misunderstood.

August 28, 2013  10:01 AM ET

NASCAR is not abandoning the Latino community, and Montoya changing teams is not NASCAR's fault. As UBP said NASCAR has no control over who drives what car, the teams are independent contractors who ask NASCAR's permission to race at the tracks (that's the cliff notes version).

NASCAR is trying their hardest to bring Latino, Asian, African American, and other non-WASP drivers up through the ranks. Unfortunately their Drive for Diversity program only supports drivers in the regional series and lower, once the drivers reach the national level (Truck, Nationwide, and Cup) they are pretty much on their own. Unfortunately this program has not reached its full potential with only a handful of drivers actually making it into a national touring series (mostly the Truck series) out of 50+ drivers in the program. If Larson does race in the 42 next year he will be the second driver form the DFD to start a Cup race. (Pauilie Harraka was the first at Sonmoa earlier this year)

August 28, 2013  11:12 AM ET

Regardless of JPM's low success record in Nascar, it is still nice to be recognized.......just trying to succeed sets some kind of good example......his attitude in this "limbo" period also sets an example........I am not a fan of JPM, but I congratulate him anyway.

August 28, 2013  03:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Call them and ask them....that is my suggestion....good luck...lol

Kept getting a recording with mariachi music playing in the background saying they were out of the office

August 28, 2013  10:15 PM ET

Call them and ask them....that is my suggestion....good luck...lol

August 28, 2013  10:23 PM ET
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Maybe you should read your comments before you post them. Being fired FROM NASCAR implies he was kicked out of the sport. He wasn't. You misspoke. He is still eligible to drive for any team participating in any of NASCAR's 3 series. It ought to tell you something that he hasn't even been offered a ride in Nationwide or Trucks.Words have meaning. Use them more carefully if you feel like you're being misunderstood.

Fair enough...I changed it to "the series" I can see where one thinks that....remember I"m just a blogger not an award winning writer...But I guess I could be an award winning blogger...lol....

August 28, 2013  10:24 PM ET

Most likely it would be SALSA...

August 28, 2013  10:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

NASCAR is not abandoning the Latino community, and Montoya changing teams is not NASCAR's fault. As UBP said NASCAR has no control over who drives what car, the teams are independent contractors who ask NASCAR's permission to race at the tracks (that's the cliff notes version). NASCAR is trying their hardest to bring Latino, Asian, African American, and other non-WASP drivers up through the ranks. Unfortunately their Drive for Diversity program only supports drivers in the regional series and lower, once the drivers reach the national level (Truck, Nationwide, and Cup) they are pretty much on their own. Unfortunately this program has not reached its full potential with only a handful of drivers actually making it into a national touring series (mostly the Truck series) out of 50+ drivers in the program. If Larson does race in the 42 next year he will be the second driver form the DFD to start a Cup race. (Pauilie Harraka was the first at Sonmoa earlier this year)

MY quote on the article: "Not good timing for NASCAR, not their fault of course, but we at least entertained putting most of the blame on the way Chip Ganassi managed Juan Pablo Montoya's career in NASCAR, again..."

Please help me out, where in that sentence does it say that NASCAR is abandoning the Hispanic community ? Why would you even say that ,I have never said that ...ever...
This article has nothing to do with NASCAR having a diversity program or not, I just think is bad timing that the guy is getting an award for achievement in racing and happens to be a Latino and he happens to have lost his job, and that job happens to be in NASCAR.

I find that to be ironic. Just my take...I'm not blaming NASCAR for anything...

August 28, 2013  10:43 PM ET

Very good conversations in this post ...it was smart and for the most part cordial, with everybody having their say....I wish it was like this every week...Thank you.

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August 29, 2013  09:39 AM ET
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Please help me out, where in that sentence does it say that NASCAR is abandoning the Hispanic community ? Why would you even say that ,I have never said that ...ever... This article has nothing to do with NASCAR having a diversity program or not, I just think is bad timing that the guy is getting an award for achievement in racing and happens to be a Latino and he happens to have lost his job, and that job happens to be in NASCAR.

"Abandoning" is probably not the best term to be used, but what I was getting at was based off this line:

"This is bad timing for a NASCAR who is trying to get into the Hispanic market, again, I'm guessing that they are, or maybe not."

Loosing their top Latino star is a blow for NASCAR in that market. Will that cause Latinos from watching NASCAR? Probably not for a majority of the true fans, but there will probably be some drop off. Looking at the Nationwide and Truck series I don't see someone stepping up to fill Montoya's shoes in the next 2-3 years. Of course this is all under the assumption that Montoya does not find a Cup ride next season, and you know what they say when you assume.

August 29, 2013  02:54 PM ET
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Loosing their top Latino star is a blow for NASCAR in that market. Will that cause Latinos from watching NASCAR? Probably not for a majority of the true fans, but there will probably be some drop off. Looking at the Nationwide and Truck series I don't see someone stepping up to fill Montoya's shoes in the next 2-3 years. Of course this is all under the assumption that Montoya does not find a Cup ride next season, and you know what they say when you assume.

So Latinos ONLY cheer for their own??.. they can't cheer for a 'white guy'??.. sounds kinda.. you know.. the 'R' word.. So glad that Marcos Ambrose is in the sport so the people in Australia can cheer for someone

 
August 29, 2013  08:29 PM ET
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So Latinos ONLY cheer for their own??.. they can't cheer for a 'white guy'??.. sounds kinda.. you know.. the 'R' word.. So glad that Marcos Ambrose is in the sport so the people in Australia can cheer for someone

I'm saying that casual fans who watch because Montoya is competing (no matter their ethnicity) will no longer watch. Just like if Jimmie Johnson were to stop racing tomorrow there would be a decline in ratings because the casual fan who only knows Johnson will tune into something else.

And as for what you quoted I said Montoya not racing will not cause Latinos, or anyone else for that matter, to completely stop watching, but there will be a drop in viewership.

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