Montoya’s first stock car test

UPDATE Montoya was 6th fastest in his stock car debut against a pretty lightweight field:

Driver Time Speed
1 Mark Mitchell 51.000 187.768
2 Mario Gosselin 51.070 187.507
3 Cale Gale 51.140 187.251
4 Doug Reid 51.190 187.068
5 Steve Wallace 51.220 186.958
6 Juan Pablo Montoya 51.300 186.667
7 Jason Keller 51.300 186.667
8 Johnny Jackson 51.330 186.558
9 Phillip McGilton 51.350 186.485
10 Justin Marks 51.500 185.942
11 Justin Allgaier 51.510 185.906
12 Matt Hagans 51.610 185.545
13 Michael Faulk 51.770 184.972
14 Kelly Bires 51.870 184.615
15 Blake Bjorkland 51.890 184.580
16 Chase Miller 51.920 184.438
17 Michael McDowell 51.950 184.331
18 Frank Kimmel 52.030 184.048
19 Justin South 52.050 183.977
20 Craig Butts 52.190 183.483
21 Skip Cummings 52.200 183.168
22 Bryan Silas 52.310 183.063
23 Justin Diercks 52.330 182.993
24 Ricky Sanders 52.400 182.748
25 Jeremy Clements 52.620 181.984
26 Mike Harmon 52.680 181.159
27 Butch Jarvis 53.320 179.595
28 Pierre Bourque 53.360 179.460
29 Brett Rowe 53.450 179.158
30 Amanda Gogel 54.850 174.585
31 Gabi DeCarlos 56.150 170.543

09/25/06 The process of transforming Juan Pablo Montoya from a top-flight Formula One driver into a NASCAR regular began Monday as the South American driver participated in an Automobile Racing Club of America test session at Talladega Superspeedway.

Montoya ran laps in a Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge Charger as Ganassi, crew chief Donnie Wingo and much of the Ganassi hierarchy looked on. Although official speeds were not released, team members said Montoya ran laps in the 187-mile-per-hour range.

"I went out on the track for the first time, and it was like, 'Oh, my God,'" Montoya said. "I went into [Turn] 3 and 4 and started to lift, but I said, 'Oh, let's just try it.' I went into 1 pretty fast. They told me running flat [full speed around the track] here was easy. I did it, and it felt pretty quick.

"The car moves around a lot more than I'm used to, but I'm getting there. It will take some time." Scenedaily.com

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