Juan Pablo Montoya: Crew Chief Blows Call, Time for Brian Pattie To Go

al asifyouknowSenior Analyst IJuly 26, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - JULY 25:  Crew members work on the #42 Target Chevrolet driven by Juan Pablo Montoya after it crashed late in the race during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 25, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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After blowing today’s race, and in my opinion the second Brickyard 400 win in as many years, it may be the perfect time for Brian Pattie to move on. His time with the No. 42 team should be over.

The No. 42 team once again had the best car, and once again Brain Pattie's inability to take control of the his team costs him a great win. Brian makes the wrong decision.

The four tire strategy was a disaster!

Can we agree with that?

I just don’t get it, just about everybody in the top 10 made the “two tire” decision. Brian Pattie had the best car in the field, at times he had a three second lead, that’s over three seconds folks, do you realize how many laps a car needs to gain three seconds at a 10th a lap?

One heck of a long time!

Why did No. 42 need four tires? Who knows!

Especially when you've got such a dominant car, even if everybody else would have taken four, why not take the chance and keep Montoya up front with two, he could have quickly (as he had all day) taken a two- or three-second lead with under 20 laps to go.

A two-second lead folks! Even with no tires that would have been a hard car to beat.

Maybe Brian was expecting 10 cautions in the last 20 laps, that did not happen.

By the way, did you notice were most the two tire cars ended up? Up front!

Montoya’s confidence in his crew chief has to be shaken, not a good thing if Ganassi plans to keep this team together.

Juan’s walk to the hauler told the whole story: he was not a happy camper, the fact he drove his race car back to the garage and parked it rather than try to pit and finish also told a story.

Montoya was hot, I would be very surprised if something doesn’t go down before next race.

Before some of you say, “Well, he hit the wall,” let me just say this: that was just complete frustration by Montoya after seeing a great effort thrown out the window by his crew chief.

I’m not a big Brian Pattie fan. I thought Ganassi should have found someone with more experience in the cup series. Brian seams to be learning his trade at Montoya’s expense.

Just saying.

It’s time for the No. 42 team to get ready for the 2011 season. The next 16 races should be practice for next year, EGR should make the changes needed to move forward.

Brian Pattie should go.

As always this is just a fan's opinion (today an angry one) and from what I understand everybody has one and I thank God for that.

Enough said!


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