The Frontstretch: Juan Pablo Montoya Out At Earnhardt Ganassi Racing by Summer Bedgood -- Tuesday August 13, 2013

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Juan Pablo Montoya Out At Earnhardt Ganassi Racing

Summer Bedgood · Tuesday August 13, 2013

 

Juan Pablo Montoya’s contract will not be renewed at Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, according to team co-owner Felix Sabates who spoke to SiriusXM Speedway with Dave Moody on Tuesday.

According to the Associated Press, who first reported the news, several team members were made aware of Montoya’s departure sometime Tuesday afternoon.

Montoya has had limited success in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, since he left Formula 1 to race in NASCAR beginning in 2007. Though he has two career victories, Montoya only finished in the top 10 in points one time and has a career average finish of 20th.

Many remember Montoya not by his victories, however, but by his reckless driving style and on-track mayhem, including the infamous jet dryer crash in last year’s Daytona 500.

Sabates mentioned to SiriusXM that the team was still interested in working something out with Montoya, leaving open the possibility that Montoya may return to sports car racing or the IZOD IndyCar Series for the team. Montoya has a total of 40 starts in CART, one career start in the IZOD IndyCar Series, and eight career starts in the NASCAR Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series.

Montoya is currently 22nd in Sprint Cup Series standings after 22 races this season. He is expected to finish out the remainder of the year with the team.

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