Juan Pablo Montoya enters his junior season in NASCAR Sprint Cup racing in 2009. Montoya wasted no time making his presence known in the NASCAR world after transitioning from open-wheel cars to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Not only did he become the first Latino to win in NASCAR’s premier Series and capture the 2007 Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year title, but he earned the respect of his team, his competitors and fans as well.
In 2008, Montoya and the No. 42 team amassed two top-five, three top-10, and seven top-15 finishes which include a runner-up finish at Talladega Superspeedway. In addition, Montoya became the first driver in history to win in his first two starts in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, which he won with teammates Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas and Dario Franchitti.
Montoya visited victory lane three times across three different racing series in 2007. Montoya kicked off 2007 with a win in his first Rolex 24 At Daytona in the Grand-Am Series. Then, in just his seventh-career Nationwide Series race, Montoya took the checkered flag in Mexico City to earn his first win in a stock car. His ability on the road course was evident to his competitors when he captured his first Sprint Cup victory after qualifying 32nd at Infineon Raceway. Montoya and his No. 42 crew went on to amass one win, three top-five and six top-10 finishes during the 2007 NSCS season.
The Bogotá, Colombia native has seen success in everything he has driven, and Team Owner Chip Ganassi can attest to that. Montoya joined CGRFS with impressive open-wheel credentials. He has made 137 starts between the CART, IndyCar and Formula One Series’ where he’s tallied 18 wins, 26 poles, 60 top-five and 79 top-10 finishes and has won both the Indianapolis 500 and the Monaco Grand Prix. Over his five complete seasons in Formula One, Montoya finished sixth or better in the standings every year.
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