F1 fans and NASCAR fans alike, pick your jaws up from the floor.
Juan Pablo Montoya is leaving Formula 1 to drive the Texaco Havoline #42 for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates next year, replacing Casey Mears.
Funny thing: the guy’s won the Indy 500 and a number of F1 grands prix, but before February 2007 he has to get certified by NASCAR to be able to enter the Daytona 500.
I have my doubts about how well this will work. The list of open-wheel drivers who have had success in NASCAR is very short: Tony Stewart and… I guess Robby Gordon, but 3 wins, 2 on road courses isn’t too spectacular. Guys like Christian Fittipaldi, Paul Tracy and Jimmy Vasser haven’t had much luck. Al Unser Jr. did have a little success in a one-off Daytona 500 run, but the odds are not with JPM.
He’s going to run some Busch races and maybe a couple of Cup races later this year to prepare for next season.
Anyone else shocked and amazed?