NASCAR's opportunity to market the sport to a segment of America that every business wants to capture will walk out the door this weekend.
Juan Pablo Montoya will be participating in his last NASCAR race today at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Colombian champion who is considered one of the best drivers in the world leaves the sport without much fanfare after seven years of a mostly forgettable stock car career.
It was unfortunate for NASCAR that Juan Pablo Montoya's entrance into the world of stock car racing was not through a top-tier team like Hendrick or Gibbs.
There is no doubt in my mind if JPM would of landed in one of NASCAR's top rides we would be talking about his next championship and not about his exit from the sport.
The fact that Juan Pablo is a Hispanic was not going to bring significant number to the sport, but a Hispanic winning in NASCAR would of made a huge difference.
Hispanic are no different than any other segments of the population, if your winning they pay attention, if your not, well, only big fans like myself are going to stay interested.
I have never been a Ganassi fan so is hard for me not blame everything on him and that may not be fair, but one thing we can all agree on is that Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing is not one of NASCAR's top team.
Is that a fair statement?
I still don't understand why a man like Chip Ganassi who has been a champion in everything he touched was not able to establish his NASCAR team as one of the best in the sport.
Folks, Chip Ganassi is one of the best owners in racing, period. It is said Chip is not really into NASCAR and that he spends little time overseeing it. I don't know if that's true, but I do know you see him in more open wheel races than you do NASCAR.
Am I wrong?
If there is one bright spot in Juan Pablo's NASCAR career is that he made the chase in 2009, the only Ganassi team to ever do so. The unfortunate thing for me as a fan is that a crew chiefs in training blew three oval wins for him.
If that sounds like a parting shot to the crew chief for the number 15 car, well, yes it is! He should be very grateful to JPM for helping him train as a top NASCAR crew chief.
As always this just a fans opinion and from what I understand everybody has one and I thank God for that.