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September 13, 2009

NASCAR Chase ’09…Featuring TWO Former Big Time Open Wheelers

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 11:53 pm
Dario Didn't Make it But Juan Did

Dario Didn't Make it But Juan Did

Congratulations to former Indy 500 and Formula 1 winner Juan Pablo Montoya for making the NASCAR ‘chase’ to the championship by virtue of being in the top 12 (8th) in points. Now that the twelve finalists are known it is a brand new game from now until the end of the season. This is another example of how smart NASCAR marketing is able to milk all the eyeballs they can get at the end of a long season now that the NFL season is underway baseball playoffs are imminent.

It has only taken Juan a few years to get the hang of the big heavy ‘stock’ cars that now have wings, and his driving makes this a first in that rarified air for Chip Ganassi if I am not mistaken.

The Other AntonThe other open wheel folks who have moved into Cup are still trying to climb up the learning curve (well, other than Tony Stewart, who is number one and can drive anything competitively). Casey Mears is 20th, A.J. Allmendinger is two spots ahead in 25th of Sam Hornish Jr. Robby Gordon and John Andretti are in the top 40, Max Papis and Patrick Carpentier are top 50, and P.J. Jones and J.J. Yeley did not make the top 50. Evidently J.J. should have had dinner with John Barnes a few years back.

If I were Danica Patrick, I would certainly think carefully about taking her act to that stage. Those fans are not likely to be as receptive to her ‘talent’ as open wheel folks.

As we await the annual Japanese mercy hump at Motegi and the season ender at Homestead in a month, we will have multiple opportunities as open wheel enthusiasts to root for successful graduates. Go Tony and Juan!



  1. Go Juan!!

    He was knocked when he was in F1 for not making the most of his opportunities, but it could be that he is developing into one a great modern all-round.

    He has some amazing achievements if you think about it. At the age of only 33, he is a:
    – Formula 3000 champion
    – CART Champion
    – Indy 500 winner
    – 7 Formula 1 race wins (including the Monaco Grand Prix)
    – 24 hours of Daytona

    That is one hell of an impressive record and he only needs to take the Le Mans 24 Hours to make the Triple Crown – and I think he could do that too

    Kudos m’boy Juan, Kudos

    Comment by Leigh O'Gorman — September 14, 2009 @ 2:24 am | Reply

  2. How can you mention Casey Mears in the same breath as WPM?, here is his Indy car record, not very impressive, neither is his Door Slammer record while driving for the best teams in the sport

    Casey Mears Career Stats

    Career Summary
    Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 Poles Laps Led Running at Finish Earnings
    3 0 0 0 0 0 1 $ 84,000

    Car No C/E/T S F Qual Speed Laps XL LL Status Earnings Pts

    Sun, 18 Mar 2001 – Phoenix International Raceway
    Galles Racing SportsLine.com 31 G/O/F 25 20 164.696 133 0 0 Electrical $ 10,600 10

    Sun, 08 Apr 2001 – Homestead-Miami Speedway
    Galles Racing SportsLine.com 31 G/O/F 24 11 192.485 196 0 0 Running $ 41,200 19

    Sat, 28 Apr 2001 – Atlanta Motor Speedway
    Galles Racing SportsLine.com 31 G/O/F 27 23 205.943 51 0 0 Accident $ 32,200 7

    Comment by Rosco — September 14, 2009 @ 4:38 am | Reply

  3. Imagine if Juan would have snagged that BY400???

    I remember the Indy 500 in 1998, Tony Stewart was leading and his engine quit. “Everytime we come to this place we get #hit on!!!!”.

    About Danica: she has it made now. Her schedule is small and her income is high. It affords her the luxury of tampering in other forms of motorsport.

    Comment by Mike Miller — September 14, 2009 @ 3:59 pm | Reply

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