Radio Caracol is one of the oldest and largest radio network in South America, the Colombian based radio station is probably the main source of news for the average Colombian.
I went to the radio Caracol website surfing through some articles on Montoya, I was surprise to see a large portion of the comments were very negative, they actually had a tone of disappointment rather than dislike.
Here are some of the translations, I do have to tell you, even though I speak Spanish some of the dialect are a little different, but I think I was able figure it out.(sort of a deep south dialect)
“3 Wolf | 10/09/1910 2:54:11
Again with Juan Pablo Montoya failed to perform, as money paid to radio caracol sport(I don’t‘get this), there are better news then this, the best sportsman of Colombia are Efrain Forero cochise Canima sanchez rodriguez el pibe valderrama panpele kit caravadid higuita alvaro mejia natalia victor arrears are better than this failed sportsman.” (the commentator ran all those names together)
“10 Pedrinchi | 08/23/10 16:39:30
I’m in agreement with Bart Simpson tontoya is sorry. (I assume tontoya is a nickname..tonto means not too bright and Simpson is the log in name of the blogger)”
Sumadre | 08/21/10 11:37:40
Eighth? and to think he was saying he was not running for third place in the F1, to think red bull offered him Vettel's seat. (in F1).. this idiot preferred to go to running bumper cars in the buseteros (bus driver) category in NASCAR where the winner gets a double burger..(sorry but I’m LMAO)..
WOW! Now that’s a tough crowd, but not all were negative , here are some of the good ones:
“11 Up | 08/26/10 19:12:19 I think the commentaries on Montoya are out of place, some of these people most not have a high school education and if working they’re probably a messenger boy because they are idiots”
“Andres | 01/08/1910 11:25:22
I have personally been to some races, Juan is a great driver but unfortunately the man is running against 63 (wrong #) cars, but you are looking for his fall, not only his equipment has fail but his team have made some bad choices, you can talk about his personality but the man is a great driver”
I’m all in on this comment. He is a great driver.
One thing is clear to me after reading those comments (there were plenty of them) fans are the same all over the world, they make judgments comfortably sitting in front of their computers.
We can all agree on that.
I guess the question most be asked, has Juan Pablo Montoya lived up to the expectations his fans had when he came to NASCAR ?
From the comments on the Radio Caracol website it’s apparent most fans are disappointed in his performance.
If you’ve read any of my articles you would know there is no bigger Montoya fan, but I must admit I’m one of the disappointed ones.
I came into this season thinking this would be the time for Montoya to shine as the great driver he is, but a series of miscues along with being collected into someone else’s mess got the No. 42 team in the hole from day one.
Yet, despite the early season mishaps all was not lost, they had an opportunity to make this chase but gave it away at Indianapolis and Pocono by “guessing the wrong move” I’m sure you remember the pit calls by Mr. Brian Pattie.
To put it mildly, the Indianapolis calls were a disaster, it cost No.42 the race and the momentum needed to make the chase.
Now here is Juan Pablo Montoya in his prime, going into his fifth season in NASCAR with a team who took a huge step back from the 2009 season, I’m no expert folks but this is not getting better.
If you do what you been doing you will keep getting what you've been getting, that’s an old saying but it always rings true, unless something in this team changes or Montoya changes teams I’m afraid this will be Montoya’s legacy in NASCAR “just an average driver” I think is safe to say most fans were expecting more than that.
Just my opinion.
And as always this is just a fans opinion and from what I understand everybody has one and I thank God for that.