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Team owner Chip Ganassi (left) informed driver Juan Pablo Montoya he will not bring the Colombian back for an eighth NASCAR season. Montoya has been with Ganassi since 2006.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
The Associated Press has learned Juan Pablo Montoya will not be back for an eighth NASCAR season with Chip Ganassi.
Ganassi President Steve Lauletta announced the decision to the team Tuesday, multiple people present for the announcement told AP on the condition of anonymity because Ganassi does not comment on driver contracts.
Montoya has been with Ganassi since 2006 when he abruptly left Formula One for NASCAR. It’s his second stint with the car owner — the two teamed together to win the 1999 CART championship and 2000 Indianapolis 500 before Montoya moved to F1.
But results in NASCAR have been sporadic. Montoya has just two wins in 239 career starts and his best season finish was eighth in 2009.
Vickers gets full ride with Waltrip Racing
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Brian Vickers has been chosen the full-time driver of Michael Waltrip Racing’s No. 55 Aaron’s Toyota beginning next season.
Michael Waltrip Racing and Aaron’s Inc. made the joint announcement official on Tuesday after months of speculation.
Aaron’s decision to sponsor Vickers for every race for the next two seasons is rare in today’s NASCAR world where full-time sponsorships have waned in recent years.
The 29-year-old Vickers has been splitting a ride the past two seasons with Mark Martin for MWR on the Sprint Cup Series and running a full schedule for Joe Gibbs Racing on the Nationwide Series.
Vickers lost his full-time ride in 2011 after Red Bull Racing shut down its Cup Series team.
Dillon wants top 15 finish filling in for Stewart
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Austin Dillon said his goal is to finish in the top 15 when he fills in for the injured Tony Stewart at this Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway.
Dillon said Tuesday there’s some added pressure stepping in for Stewart, someone he considers a racing idol.
Dillon, the points leader on the Nationwide Series, has run nine career Sprint Cup races. His best finish is 11th earlier this year at Michigan.
Bobby Dale Earnhardt charged with DUI
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Racer Bobby Dale Earnhardt apologized to fans, friends and family on Tuesday following his arrest in West Virginia on a drunken driving charge.
“I wanted to let you all know I made a terrible mistake last night drinking and driving and I am thankful nothing bad happened from my stupidity and I know It could have,” Earnhardt wrote in a post on his Facebook page.
The 25-year-old is the son of Kerry Earnhardt, nephew of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and grandson of NASCAR Hall of Fame member Dale Earnhardt.
A Charleston police officer pulled Earnhardt’s vehicle over Monday night after seeing it make a wide left turn at a high rate of speed.
Earnhardt’s blood alcohol level was .193, more than twice West Virginia’s legal limit to drive of .08.
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