Juan Pablo Montoya and Chip Ganassi are Running Out Of Excuses

al asifyouknowSenior Analyst IMarch 11, 2009

Too loose, too tight, no horsepower, bad tires, got wrecked, too many crew chiefs, we are getting better, no money, lost sponsor, and on and on and on.

There is no doubt in my mind that Juan Pablo Montoya is one of the best race car drivers in the world. Montoya has hit the podium on just about every series he participated in, with multiple wins in many of them.

So, it's hard for me to understand why success is taking so long...or is it? Is it safe to say Chip Ganassi's commitment in equipment and personnel to his NASCAR team may not be at the same level as his Indy and Grand-Am teams?

That's a hard question for an outsider to answer, but what we can do is look at the results of Chip Ganassi's teams. Ganassi's Indy team is the primo team in the IRL, and the Grand-Am team is always the team to beat in their series.

Why? Well, I can only guess, but I would bet the wife and the dog his Indy and Grand-Am equipment are top of the line. Can the same be said with the Dodge from the 2008 season or the Chevy package they have in 2009? The results, so far, say no.

Does good equipment make a good driver a great driver? Well, yes. Even though Joey Logano may be destroying the theory by not doing well in the No. 20 car, I still believe good cars produce good drivers.

The Atlanta race was full of cars with handling problems, and yet the top teams did well. Their teams made it work, no excuses, no complaining about not getting a breaks on the timing of the cautions, etc.

Juan Pablo Montoya is too talented to be running 20th after two full seasons in NASCAR. I may be biased, but the poor performance by the No. 42 car may be all about Chip's NASCAR equipment rather than the driver.

If it was me, I would rather run in the teens in a Toro-Rosso F1 car than in NASCAR sucking exhaust in the back 40. Agree?

I hope things get better for Montoya, but the last two races remind me of the downhill spiral after the Talladega race that put Montoya out of the Top 12 in 2008. Let's hope it turns around soon.