Montoya and Martin exchange words Juan Pablo Montoya says veteran driver Mark Martin, who has 40 career Sprint Cup victories, needs driving lessons. That’s what Martin said Montoya told him after Martin passed him for 15th on the final lap of the LifeLock.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.
“He didn’t like the way I passed him there on the last lap, [saying] borderline stupid driving and suggested I take some smart driving lessons from him,” Martin said. “I’m not going to take no shit.”
After the race, Martin parked his Hendrick Motorsports car on the side of the garage where Montoya’s Earnhardt Ganassi Racing hauler was parked and the two drivers had words before retreating to their respective haulers.
“I don’t understand,” Montoya said. “He just ran the shit out of me on the last lap running for [expletive] 15th place.
“I gave him room out of [Turn] 4 and we got into Turn 1 and he got into my door and he nearly wrecked me and I nearly wrecked him in the process. We both lost.”
Before getting into a golf cart, Montoya was asked if he expected that out of Martin and he said, “I don’t care.”
Neither Martin nor Montoya have had a good season by their standards. Martin, who won five races and finished second in the standings in 2009, dropped a spot to 14th in the standings and is 37 points out of 12th with seven races left before the Chase For The Sprint Cup field is set.
Montoya, who made the Chase last year, remained 21st in the standings and is 242 points out of 12th.
Martin’s reaction to the incident and Montoya’s comments?
“Am I going to take some driving lessons?” Martin said with a smile that made it hard to judge whether he was serious or sarcastic. “Maybe I will. Maybe I need to drive a little smarter.” Scenedaily.com