Do you need a Zillion fans in about one minute ?
Hire Juan Pablo, put him in a top car and you got a Latino and world wide fan base. Instantly!
A winning Latino in NASCAR is a marketing dream if is done right, Chip Ganassi was given an opportunity to gift NASCAR what they have been looking for- a large and economically stable minority market- but CHIP BLEW IT.
Chip Ganassi and Felix Sabates embarrassed Latino fans by placing one of their best driver in a team not up to the stardard (and I'm being kind) of a winner in Monaco, Indianapolis and Daytona 24.
I understand some of those races were won under the Ganassi flag but that's what makes this so puzzling. How can an owner who is a champion in just about everything he does can't get NASCAR right no matter who drives or runs his teams.
Is that a fair question?
After listening to Felix Sabates media -justification tour- there is a few questions I like to ask him, I'll even answer it for him because apparently Felix is not paying attention:
Q) Was Martin Truex jr a successful Ganassi driver? What has he done since he left Chip Ganassi?
A) No, he was not a successful driver with Ganassi, but he has now become a top NASCAR driver.
Q) Was Brian Pattie a -Chief in training- with Ganassi? What has he done since leaving EGR?
A) Oh, I'll tell you, after refining his skills on Montoya's back he has become a championship type crew chief !
Q) Are these folks doing better because MWR is a better organization than EGR?
A) You decide.
AND by the way both Brian Pattie and Martin Truex jr are with a younger team than EGR. We can all agree Michael Waltrip has half the experience of a Chip Ganassi.
He are a few quotes from Mr. Sabates on Juan Pablo's departure:
"Sometimes you have to make a change, and hopefully you have that bad luck go away."
Mr. Sabates needs to wake up and realize that luck has nothing to do with his teams problems. EGR, Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Pelicans and the Houston Astros have one thing in common , they can't win anything, they struggle year after year and AGAIN it has nothing to do with luck my friends. They are just not very good organizations.
Here is a quote from Chip Ganassi earlier this year:
"We continue to work with him (and) try to get the most out of him.....If I thought there was a quick fix, or if I thought there was something we're doing ... we've put people around him, put other people around him and put other people around him. We're not giving up by any stretch."
Put what people around him? Did Chip put an Experienced Sprint cup crew chief around him?
What is Ganassi talking about ?
Actually Chip is right, Juan Pablo has been with FIVE different crew chiefs since 2007, Donnie Wingo being the only one who showed some experience as a cup crew chief.
Juan Pablo Montoya has been the guinea pig for FOUR inexperienced crew chief's, AGAIN not one of them was a Cup level player. (Pattie became one after his training program at EGR)
That's five crew chiefs in seven years , how can anyone be successful in that environment and by the way there were many experienced and proven winners available for Ganassi to hire and he decided to go with a crew chief in training.
Am I wrong?
Here is a quote that may put Montoya's NASCAR career in prospective:
"Ability is of little account without opportunity."
Juan Pablo Montoya did not have the opportunity to drive for a top five team in NASCAR. Period, I know the hatters will dispute that but facts are that if you want to win in NASCAR you got to drive for one of those folks, again, if you are a NASCAR fan you know what teams I'm talking about. If you believe differently then you must be drinking the Kool-Aid my friends.
One more question for Felix and Chip:
Q) Who got you the only chase appearance since 2007?
A) I let them tell you.
There is more to this story than Felix Sabates is telling us, he is just the hit man for the news cycle, isn't it funny that Chip Ganassi has not said a word about this.
Chip Ganassi has to be happy about saving all that money, putting Larson on that seat will cut cost significantly. I'm just guessing.
I understand the Larson has a couple more years under contract with EGR. Nothing will change, the kid will run top 25 in the standings and leave for another team after his contract is up. Felix will be back on the air telling us some other story to justify their short comings. .
As a Montoya fan I'm very happy he isn't coming back to Chip Ganassi. I've been preaching laud and clear for him to get out of EGR.
Montoya fans all agree that a driver with that resume should not be in NASCAR driving in the back forty sucking up exhaust fumes, he deserve better, he deserves an experienced team with an experienced crew chief rather than being the training dummy for -NASCAR's NEXT- big time crew chief like -AKA- one Brian Pattie.
Personally I came into NASCAR because of Juan Pablo Montoya, I have become a fan of the sport, so I'll keep watching my favorite drivers and keep writing about them, but now I have a new reason to watch and that is to see how deep in the field the EGR cars will finish.
I'll be pulling for last and I hope every Rodriguez, Lopez, Sanchez, Martinez, you know all those type of names do the same.
Look I understand people get fired all the time, it is part of all sports, but what I didn't like was Felix Sabates dog and pony show, he went on Sirius radio and suggested that he had great equipment and Juan or the team still could not do the job.
He most really believe he has a good team, maybe Felix and Chip should partner up with Michael Waltrip who apparently knows how to build a team.
A few words fron JPM's interview with Autoweek, by the way read between the lines, Juan at times will tell you what he means if you listen carefully:
Autoweek: What's on your agenda now that we know you won't return to Earnhardt Ganassi in Sprint Cup?
Juan Pablo Montoya:
I don't know yet. But what I told everybody is, whatever I want to do, it's gotta be in a car to win races. You need to be in a winning car, that's the No. 1 thought for me right now. What am I gonna do? I dunno. You know, one side of me of course wants to stay in NASCAR, I've put a lot of effort and time into it. But the No. 1 thing for me is being in a winning car.
AW: So what's been lacking to get to the point of being a consistent front-runner or race winner in Cup?
If you look at the bigger picture, how many employees are at Hendrick [Motorsports]? More than 600, and we have 170. Somebody told me that there's more engineers at Hendrick than personnel at Ganassi. So when you're racing every week against them, yeah, you might have a shot a couple weeks a year because they screw it up and you got it all right, but being realistic, year-round ain't gonna happen.
My side note: This quotes from his interview tell it all:
"You need a winning car...." "But the No. 1 thing for me is being in a winning car."
"If you look at the bigger picture, how many employees are at Hendrick [Motorsports]? More than 600, and we have 170. Somebody told me that there's more engineers at Hendrick than personnel at Ganassi."
Again read between the lines.
As always this is a fans opinion and from what I understand everybody has one and I thank God for that.