|Montoya is learning that NASCAR officials will never side with a foreigner.|
Juan Pablo Montoya, met with members of the media at Pocono Raceway and discussed last week's restart at Dover. The transcript in part:
Q) JIMMIE (JOHNSON) CONTINUES TO MAINTAIN THAT YOU CLEARLY AND DELIBERATELY DID NOT RESTART YOU STOPPED FORCING HIM TO RESTART AHEAD OF YOU TO GET TO THE LINE. THEN HE CONTINUES TO MAINTAIN HE TRIED TO GIVE THE POSITION BACK AND YOU WOULDN'T TAKE THE POSITION BACK. WHAT IS YOUR FEELING ON THAT:
Montoya: "If I did that why only Jimmie passed me in his lane? I mean you think about it. Let's say I had a bad start and he beat me by a bumper or half a car length NASCAR wouldn't have said anything. But it was Jimmie the field so I'm okay with it. He didn't if you pay attention we were coming to the cones he didn't even want to lineup next to me. He was actually dropping back. He wanted to time it. He just mistimed it. It's all good. It's racing."
Q) JIMMIE (JOHNSON) SAID HE IS GOING TO GO TALK TO NASCAR BECAUSE HE WOULD LIKE IT TO BE CRYSTAL CLEAR HE IS NOT CLEAR ON THE RULE AND HE THINKS THAT YOU FOUND A LOOP HOLE IN THE RULE:
Montoya: "Wow, I'm that good (laughs). Man that is a compliment. The loop hole is that you have to start between the cones and the leader has got to and I think the start says you have to restart between the two cones that I did. And you are not supposed to beat the leader to the line. What is so hard about that? You know what I mean?
I read a quote about him this week. I was at my house and I read a quote. He (Jimmie Johnson) said 'if he wouldn't have done that the No. 42 would have beat him.' I'm like well I'm the leader not you. I was thinking I know you dominated the race, but we came to a pit stop and we did a better job than you guys. And as we did a better job than you guys we are the leader not you. Crazy enough if he would have backed off let me go he would have probably passed me again. It would have been all good. He wanted to time it really well where he didn't have to deal with me through turns one and two, but he mistimed it. That is it, no drama."