"It's all about the racing in NASCAR," he said. "In Formula One, it's all about the cars and you forget about the racing."
Montoya spent six years in F/1, a series known for its international stars, glamorous racing locales and state-of-the-art technology. And races that resemble parades. NASCAR, with its side-by-side reputation, offered not only a more exciting brand of racing, but also a whole new challenge for a driver who thrives on them (he'd already made the jump from IndyCar to F/1). After three years, Montoya might not yet be poised to win a championship, but he does seem committed to going after one year after year.
And it's obvious that he's loving it. He spoke with enthusiasm and detail Thursday about how far he's come in just the last year. "We look at setups we run now compared to where we were a year ago and say, 'How could be be so dumb?'" he said with a laugh.
Montoya gives a lot of credit for his development to Chase leader
Oh, my stars and garters. Here's a scene that should cheese off real racing fans: some of the best drivers in the sport forced to participate in one of the dumber television stunts in recent memory.
NASCAR celebrated the start of the Chase in New York yesterday with the 12 top drivers of the season on a media tour of the city.
They had the drivers -- six of the very best in the whole world, mind you -- dress up in blue raincoats that made them look like refugees from a Niagara Falls tour and participate in a pie fight that set some sort of world record. Our heroes weren't even the focus of the bit -- just six hooded dupes among lord-knows-how-many others. Was it demeaning? Yes. Was it embarrassing. Without question.
Look, I'm not kidding myself. NASCAR, no matter what it says, is not the NFL. It's not the NBA. It's not even the NHL -- can you imagine