The now driver of the 42 car has some how weaseled his way into the chase contention. Some say it's luck but I say he just needed time to adjust to the Car of Tomorrow. NASCAR needs new drivers like Juan Montoya to bring the best out of the sport and to show the world that NASCAR isn't just rednecks running in circles. It is a true sport that requires strength(mentally and physically), agility, and stamina.
He began driving by winning local and national championships in the karting series at age six.
From there he moved on to Formula 1.
In his very first season he won the Indianapolis 500. He drove for chip ganassi and started second on the grid. In his F1 career he won the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix.
His first start in NASCAR Juan Pablo Montoya started 29th and finished 34th at Homestead Miami.
The first win came for Montoya at Sonoma. He fought his way through traffic after starting 32nd. His other best outing came at a previously successful track in Indianapolis. He finished 2nd at the Brickyard and 20th overall in points.
Juan Pablo Montoya won the rookie of the year award in the year 2007.
While suffering his career worst nine DNF's. Juan Montoya managed to finish 25th in the sprint cup point standings. He finished the year with two top-fives and 3 top-tens.
This season Juan Pablo Montoya is currently 11th in points standings going into the Chicago race. Though he hasn't had a victory this season he has been consistant and has an average finish of 14.7th place.
He as definately adjusted to the driving style that these cars offer. I believe that he will no longer be a middle of the pack driver. He is going to be up front with the big named companies bringing out the best of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing.