Juan Pablo Montoya: Will He Come Up Big at Indy and Keep Hope Alive?

al asifyouknowSenior Analyst IJuly 22, 2010

LOUDON, NH - JUNE 26:  Jaun Pablo Montoya, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, stands in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series LENOX Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on June 26, 2010 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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There is a saying that “big time players come up big in big time games.” This is that time for Juan Pablo Montoya and his team. It’s time to win, time to step up big, it’s been three long years since this team got to the checkered flag.

To keep their chase hope alive, Juan and Brian must put together the race of their lives. They must win or at least get a second place finish and hit all the available bonuses (lap led and most laps led).

With only seven races to go before the chase, this team has to be thinking “maximum points,” and when I say maximum points, I mean wins.

The next four races, Indy, Pocono, Watkins Glen, and Michigan are very good tracks for Montoya. I’m not sure if four top fives finishes will get it done, but if they can win two of those races it could give them a shot at the chase.


One of the biggest problems the No. 42 team has faced this season is the inability of Brian Pattie and crew to keep their car up front. They’re fast every week, but at mid-race either Montoya does something silly or the crew apparently can’t get the right set-up.

Said Juan, "every time there's a wreck, we're in the middle of it, we have a bad pit stop and drop back and then there's a wreck right in front of me. It's happened four or five times this year. When you put yourself in bad positions, bad things happen."

You don’t have to be a NASCAR racing expert to know what happens when you race in the cheap seats (P-15 or below). We all know the car usually gets collected into someone else’s mess.

As a fan, it is so frustrating to see this team struggle. This has been worse than the Dodge days. Back then, we at least knew that they had terrible equipment.

Now with ECR engines and new cars, this team should be right in the middle of the chase, rather than just hoping and praying.

Just saying.

This should be a win for the No. 42 team. Juan Pablo Montoya needs to step up to the wheel this Sunday. That’s what great drivers do. I hope I’m right.

Good luck, No. 42.

As always, this is just a fan's opinion, and from what I understand, everybody has one and I thank God for that.

Enough said.

LATEST EGR NEWS: Chip Ganassi announced on the television program RACE HUB they have a special car for the Indy race, according to Chip this is the lightest car they have ever built. It’s supposed to be better than last years. Now that is interesting, I can’t wait.