Chip Ganassi has said that Watkins Glen next weekend will be Juan Pablo Montoya’s last Busch race for the current #42 Busch team, a team created to allow Montoya to gain valuable experience in NASCAR racing.
The official reason given by the team is that after Watkins Glen the schedule for the Busch races is not a good fit with the NASCAR Nextel Cup Schedule, so there is not much to be gained by Montoya continuing to run.
Looking at the stats this year, Montoya has actually achieved his best results when he was not driving the Busch car on the same weekend as his cup car, just look at Sonoma with a win, and Indianapolis with a second this last weekend. It seems with a single focus he does do better, but he has also needed to get mileage on the ovals, both to learn those he had not been on before, and just to adjust to NASCAR racing after six years in Formula One.
Now that he has been to almost all of the tracks on the cup schedule, and with some single minded focu, I am sure we will see more of the brilliance he has shown throughout his career, and if I was some of the other drivers, I would be starting to get worried, and start looking over my shoulder.