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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.

Just saying.

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

Enough said.

November 18, 2013  12:02 AM ET

EGR
Like you, I will never understand why Ganassi signed up with a declining race team and brought it down further......He likes to win, so this makes no sense at all.

JPM
Sad that there is no form of Goodbye and Good Luck for JPM..........We will never know how good he could have been, but he never had the best equipment and he often had the worst of luck.......The good irony here, is that he is going to Ganassi's competitor.......and Ganassi now has an opening........I wish JPM all the best......and many wins.

BTW...this has not been a total loss for JPM.....this year he made $4.847,783........not bad for running in the middle.

November 18, 2013  12:34 AM ET





THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES!!! LOL

November 18, 2013  02:04 PM ET

You claim this is NASCAR's missed opportunity, which I agree to a point, but then go on a Ganassi bashing spree. There is no way NASCAR could have fixed this situation without directly interfering with the operations of one or more of their independent race teams. That would be like the NBA's David Stern stepping in an breaking up a trade between three teams...oh wait.

NASCAR heavily promoted JPM when he first started racing, making him a big deal. He got a pass his rookie season because hey he's an open wheel guy and this is stock cars. Then he just didn't do much after that. He made the Chase one year but over all he just fizzled out. It became a matter of economics after that, how much money do you pour into the NASCAR Hype Machine for a driver who runs mostly mid-pack? The shine wore off of Danica so quick that by mid-season she became a slowly mentioned.

Let's face it when JPM signed the extension with Ganassi he probably knew his NASCAR career was over afterward unless something major happened. I am just surprised he signed the extension.

November 18, 2013  04:16 PM ET

I for one won't miss JPM.. there have been drivers who have been in lesser equipment and have won races and run better.. JPM was so quick to throw crew members under the bus why would they try to give 100% to this guy??.. he may do better in Indycar.. but if he treats his new pit-crew the way he treated them in Nascar.. results maybe the same and I doubt if any other series gives him a ride if he fails at Indycar this time around.. and his greatest moment in his career will be remembered when he slammed into a jet-dryer

November 18, 2013  04:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

You claim this is NASCAR's missed opportunity, which I agree to a point, but then go on a Ganassi bashing spree. There is no way NASCAR could have fixed this situation without directly interfering with the operations of one or more of their independent race teams. That would be like the NBA's David Stern stepping in an breaking up a trade between three teams...oh wait.NASCAR heavily promoted JPM when he first started racing, making him a big deal. He got a pass his rookie season because hey he's an open wheel guy and this is stock cars. Then he just didn't do much after that. He made the Chase one year but over all he just fizzled out. It became a matter of economics after that, how much money do you pour into the NASCAR Hype Machine for a driver who runs mostly mid-pack? The shine wore off of Danica so quick that by mid-season she became a slowly mentioned.Let's face it when JPM signed the extension with Ganassi he probably knew his NASCAR career was over afterward unless something major happened. I am just surprised he signed the extension.

First I hope you read the article and maybe I did not do a good job explaining myself.
At no point on the article did I blame NASCAR for anything:

"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."

That quote does not hint any blame to anyone.

NASCAR missed opportunity comment is true to its content, It was a missed opportunity, I never said it was their fault, simply meant that it is a shame that it turned out that way.

looking at the diminishing attendance to NASCAR events and the lower TV ratings we could all agree that the sport could of used a lift.

But maybe you don't agree .

As for Ganassi facts are that he is not a top NASCAR team, facts are that he does not spend lots of time in NASCAR. He is always in the INDY or Proto type stand. Only when the schedule doesn't interfere with those series does he comes to NASCAR.

What does that tell you?

Montoya was already going all the bull about that it was not expected was a bunch of bologna. Chip hired Larson for ice cream and a subscription to I-tunes.
He is saving tons of money so he can pump it to his other series.
The 42 will run in the twenties just as always.
I'm going to write about Indy next year but I'll check up and come and say I told you so...lol...lol.

Anyway It was a great time talking to you the last few years ...good luck to you .I have one more.

I'm doing on NASCAR in the next few weeks.

I'll miss nascar, rumors I hear...Daytona, Indy and Homestead and 1 road course for Penske if schedule allows it.

We will see. The good thing is that the #2 Penske Indy team is like moving into the penthouse of Indy...lol

November 18, 2013  04:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES!!! LOL

he left his mark......some folks go through life doing nothing...lol

November 18, 2013  04:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

EGRLike you, I will never understand why Ganassi signed up with a declining race team and brought it down further......He likes to win, so this makes no sense at all.JPMSad that there is no form of Goodbye and Good Luck for JPM..........We will never know how good he could have been, but he never had the best equipment and he often had the worst of luck.......The good irony here, is that he is going to Ganassi's competitor.......and Ganassi now has an opening........I wish JPM all the best......and many wins.BTW...this has not been a total loss for JPM.....this year he made $4.847,783........not bad for running in the middle.

I agree

November 18, 2013  04:34 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I for one won't miss JPM.. there have been drivers who have been in lesser equipment and have won races and run better.. JPM was so quick to throw crew members under the bus why would they try to give 100% to this guy??.. he may do better in Indycar.. but if he treats his new pit-crew the way he treated them in Nascar.. results maybe the same and I doubt if any other series gives him a ride if he fails at Indycar this time around.. and his greatest moment in his career will be remembered when he slammed into a jet-dryer

I'm sure he will miss you...lol...lol
Yea Sadler comes o mind...lmao

November 18, 2013  04:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

First I hope you read the article and maybe I did not do a good job explaining myself.At no point on the article did I blame NASCAR for anything:"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." That quote does not hint any blame to anyone.NASCAR missed opportunity comment is true to its content, It was a missed opportunity, I never said it was their fault, simply meant that it is a shame that it turned out that way.looking at the diminishing attendance to NASCAR events and the lower TV ratings we could all agree that the sport could of used a lift.But maybe you don't agree . As for Ganassi facts are that he is not a top NASCAR team, facts are that he does not spend lots of time in NASCAR. He is always in the INDY or Proto type stand. Only when the schedule doesn't interfere with those series does he comes to NASCAR.What does that tell you?Montoya was already going all the bull about that it was not expected was a bunch of bologna. Chip hired Larson for ice cream and a subscription to I-tunes.He is saving tons of money so he can pump it to his other series.The 42 will run in the twenties just as always.I'm going to write about Indy next year but I'll check up and come and say I told you so...lol...lol.Anyway It was a great time talking to you the last few years ...good luck to you .I have one more.I'm doing on NASCAR in the next few weeks.I'll miss nascar, rumors I hear...Daytona, Indy and Homestead and 1 road course for Penske if schedule allows it.We will see. The good thing is that the #2 Penske Indy team is like moving into the penthouse of Indy...lol

are you leaving FanNation because JPM is done in NASCAR?

November 18, 2013  07:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

are you leaving FanNation because JPM is done in NASCAR?

No.... I'm going to write about INDY in FanNation...

November 19, 2013  12:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

No.... I'm going to write about INDY in FanNation...

BUMMER!

November 19, 2013  05:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I for one won't miss JPM.. there have been drivers who have been in lesser equipment and have won races and run better.. JPM was so quick to throw crew members under the bus why would they try to give 100% to this guy??.. he may do better in Indycar.. but if he treats his new pit-crew the way he treated them in Nascar.. results maybe the same and I doubt if any other series gives him a ride if he fails at Indycar this time around.. and his greatest moment in his career will be remembered when he slammed into a jet-dryer

Driver in lesser equipment....and with a weak pit crew.....Kurt Busch......

November 19, 2013  06:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Driver in lesser equipment....and with a weak pit crew.....Kurt Busch......

RCR car and set up.......this is basically a satellite team.. the new GM for RCR was the GM for FRR...lol

November 20, 2013  09:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

First I hope you read the article and maybe I did not do a good job explaining myself.

At no point on the article did I blame NASCAR for anything:

"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."

Fair enough. I did read the blog, and I interpreted the "NASCAR" in your title as the sanctioning body itself, not the sport. I agree that the sport will have a lesser reach into the Hispanic community. Although I would argue that JPM would not be a Cup Champion if he drove for Hendrick or Gibbs. A winner yes, Champ no.

I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors, unfortunately I do not get NBC Sports Network so I am not able to watch and follow Indy Car like I can NASCAR. I will still lurk around and add comments from time to time depending on the subject.

I have enjoyed our conversations over the years and even though we have disagreed on many points to me it seemed that we were able to keep things cordial and did not need to resort to name-calling.

November 20, 2013  04:46 PM ET

asifyouknow....wishing you luck on your new endeavor also....I have enjoyed these blogs of yours and thank you for doing them.

 
November 28, 2013  11:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Fair enough. I did read the blog, and I interpreted the "NASCAR" in your title as the sanctioning body itself, not the sport. I agree that the sport will have a lesser reach into the Hispanic community. Although I would argue that JPM would not be a Cup Champion if he drove for Hendrick or Gibbs. A winner yes, Champ no.I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors, unfortunately I do not get NBC Sports Network so I am not able to watch and follow Indy Car like I can NASCAR. I will still lurk around and add comments from time to time depending on the subject.I have enjoyed our conversations over the years and even though we have disagreed on many points to me it seemed that we were able to keep things cordial and did not need to resort to name-calling.

I liked talking to you also...next season we can continue..I'm going to fallow, Kyle Busch, Danica and her boss...lol...but mostly Indy...

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