July 09, 2006

BREAKING NEWS: MONTOYA TO NASCAR!

It's Sunday, 1112am, and it's just been announced by Chip Ganassi that Juan Pablo Montoya will be driving for his NASCAR team in 2007.

Montoya and Ganassi have a happy past. Montoya raced in CART* under Chip in 2001, where he had quite a bit of success, before moving on to Formula 1.

Obviously the kerfluffle over McLaren's drivers next year caused this; it was... what, a month or so ago that the 'rumor' came out that Montoya wasn't needed by McLaren, and it seems that nobody picked him up. Somewhat astonishing to my eyes.

I wonder... how many drivers have done well in THREE different car styles?

More as the story warrants. To see ABC (US)'s story on this, click here.

Tip o' the helmet to Official First Reader Mallory for bringing this to my attention.

*Update: Thanks to commentor Ed Flinn for the correction on Montoya's Indy-style car racing history!

Posted by: Wonderduck at 04:19 AM | Comments (6) | Add Comment
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1 Ooops. Botched the link. Minor quibble: Montoya raced for Gannasi in CART, 1999 and 2000. Gannasi didn't have a car in IRL until 2002.

Posted by: Ed Flinn at July 09, 2006 06:26 AM (suTNB)

2 I sit corrected, and will change the IRL/CART thingy! Thanks for the catch!

Posted by: wonderduck at July 09, 2006 07:03 AM (y6n8O)

3 Oh, and the link works fine for me...

Posted by: Wonderduck at July 09, 2006 07:07 AM (y6n8O)

4 I thought, given his driving style this year, that he had already joined NASCAR?

Posted by: flotsky at July 09, 2006 07:18 PM (6T2ID)

5 Oh and in answer to your question, I had to have a look. Mario Andretti is your answer, as the only driver to win Indy 500, F1 Title and Daytona 500.

Posted by: flotsky at July 09, 2006 07:21 PM (6T2ID)

6 Rather impressive company our boy Montoya is keeping, then!

Posted by: Wonderduck at July 10, 2006 03:44 PM (Ffvoi)

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