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Montoya Rips Into McMurray

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Sunday, February 28 2010
Jamie McMurray t-bones teammate Juan Pablo Montoya at Las Vegas. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Jamie McMurray T-bones teammate Juan Pablo Montoya at Las Vegas. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images for NASCAR)

You’ve got to wonder how much vitriol would have flowed if Jamie McMurray and Juan Pablo Montoya were not teammates at Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing. The way it was, gallons flowed.

The two drivers collided on the race track early in Sunday’s Sprint Cup Shelby American at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Afterward, Montoya was anything but delicate with his angry remarks about his teammate, who won the season-opening Daytona 500.

“He (McMurray) runs straight into my ass,” Montoya, who appeared to have a top-10 car but wound up 37th as a result of the wreck, said. “He nearly ran me into the fence in (Turn) 2 as well. I don’t know. He’s not doing himself any favors.

“I’m sure (McMurray) is going to say, ‘Oh, I didn’t mean that.’ “

You are correct, sir.

“I just got really loose and underneath him and he turned in a little bit earlier than what I was expecting and when it did it made even looser,” McMurray said. “And I just had to catch my car and unfortunately I got into him whenever I did that.”

Montoya wasn’t through.

“Just Jamie (McMurray) plain and simple just wrecked us,” the Colombian driver said. “Every time I am around him, he wants to run the shit out of me. I don’t know if it is ok to say that but I just did.
“On the restart I was inside of him, I think he got tight and never lifted, I didn’t hit the fence because…..it was a miracle. Then I arced it in to three and he just plain and simple just wrecked us. I’m sure on the radio it was ‘Ah, I didn’t mean that.’ He is just trying to prove to people he can drive a race car and I guess he isn’t doing too many favors on this team.”

McMurray waved off his teammate’s criticisms.

“Oh, you’re probably just frustrated for what happened on the race track, so you guys (the media) probably shouldn’t put a lot of stock into what he said when you ask somebody something immediately after getting crashed. They typically don’t have nice things to say,” McMurray, who finished 34th, said.

– Jim Pedley can be reached at jpedley@racintoday.com

Jim Pedley | Managing Editor, RacinToday.com Sunday, February 28 2010
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  • ANM says:

    I don’t thing there will ever be a day that Juan doesn’t say it they way he saw it.
    Far too few are left of that breed.

  • steve-o says:

    I’d like to be a fly on the wall when they have their next team meeting. Rule nember 1, 2, 3 , etc has to be don’t wreck with your teammate.