Look Out NASCAR, Here Comes Juan Pablo Montoya

Cory HartleyCorrespondent IOctober 28, 2009

MARTINSVILLE, VA - OCTOBER 23:  Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, stands in the garage area prior to practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 23, 2009 in Martinsville, Virginia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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           Juan Pablo Montoya is a very accomplished driver. He has raced in Formula 1, which is the top form of racing in the world, and came away with many impressive runs, seven wins, and finishing as high as third in the championship contention. When he brought his talents to NASCAR he followed a long line of open wheeled drivers to stake their claim in Americas top series. Without a doubt he has surpassed all of them. In only his third full year he made the chase and had a solid season.

           With 17 top ten finishes, 7 top 5's, and two pole positions, so far, Juan is a force to be reckoned with. Although he hasnt won a race this year he has been very consistant and has given himself a shot at the Sprint Cup Championship. His competitave nature has given even the seasoned drivers a reason to watch their mirrors. Basically if your slower and dont move he has no problem helping you out of the way. In my opinion Juan is a breath of fresh air to a stagnent series.

           Not only has Juan given himself a shot at a title he has solidified his position as a real contender for the future. Unlike most of his open wheeled bretheren he has given himself some staying power with his improvements over the past three years. He has done this with a sence of swagger that shows on and off the track. Juan has been good for ratings and hes a perfect candidate for expanding the NASCAR name mainly throughout Latin America. With his Colombian background and energetic attitude he has drawn a major segment of followers who otherwise probally wouldnt have had much intrest in NASCAR.

           With four races left in the 2009 season Juan Pablo Montoya has plenty of points to gain if he is to win it this year, but with his consistanty he should be a major consideration for title contention for years to come.