Press Pass: Juan Pablo Montoya
Juan Pablo Montoya discusses his race and breaks down the final restart with Jimmie Johnson.
Childers airs frustrations on Twitter in-race
Twitter has grown to be a huge outlet for NASCAR drivers and crewmembers. We all remember 2012 when Brad Keselowski tweeted a photo from the inside of his No. 2 car after Juan Pablo Montoya drove into a jet dryer at Daytona. Classic. But a crew chief tweeting from atop the pit box? This is new. On Sunday, championship crew chief of the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing team Rodney Childers wasn't pleased with a post-wreck cleanup, and took to Twitter to air his frustrations ... during the race. Rediculous we can't get all the oil off the track before we go green... What in the hell.. Flat spot a tire slowing down under caution! — Rodney Childers (@RodneyChilders4) August 7, 2016 This is definitely a first.
Montoya turns Kyle Busch
Juan Pablo Montoya spins Kyle Busch at Kansas.
Montoya's day ends early at Talladega
Montoya suffers first DNF of 2013, fourth career DNF at Talladega
Press Pass: Johnson, Montoya discuss restart
Jimmie Johnson and Juan Pablo Montoya agree to disagree on what happend during the restart at Dover International Speedway.
Bowyer spins after contact with Montoya
Clint Bowyer cuts a tire after making contact with Juan Pablo Montoya .
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CGR announces Generation Ganassi Driver Identification Program
CONCORD, N.C. (Nov. 6, 2015) -- There have been few bigger proponents of young racing talent anywhere in the sport than Championship race Team Owner Chip Ganassi. For over 25 years he has identified, hired and developed some of the best young racing talent from all around the world. Subsequently, Chip Ganassi and his Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) announced today the creation of the Generation Ganassi (Gen G) racing talent identification program, a mentorship that will look to identify and assist North America's young and talented race car drivers. The program identifies 13-18 year old drivers as "Ones to Watch" in the world of auto racing and offers professional guidance to aid in fostering their growth within the sport of auto racing. The first recipient of the 2016 Generation Ganassi moniker is a 15-year-old driver from Canada named Devlin Defrancesco. Defrancesco has been racing karts since 2009 where he has had much success including winning the Canadian National Junior Championship in 2013 and also named Vice-Champion of the CSAI Italian Championship. In 2015, he joined British racing team Carlin to prepare for races in the FIA Formula 4 Championship. NOTES OF INTEREST • Gen G - Generation Ganassi: Each year, CGRT will identify at least 10 young drivers from karting, sprint cars, modified, midgets, late model, etc. and each will be paired with one current CGRT driver, a CGRT racing competition person and also someone from CGRT business operations to help guide them through the turbulent waters of auto racing. In addition, each Gen G winner will get the Gen G logo to display on their car, helmet and firesuit. Gen G takes its name from the Generation X, Y and Z monikers given to new demographic groups. Gen G will now refer to the young race car driver that aspires to take racing from simply a passion to a profession. • A History of Spotting Talent: CGRT owner Chip Ganassi has a long history for identifying and developing young driver talent, from former drivers like Jimmy Vasser, Alex Zanardi and Juan Pablo Montoya to current talent like Scott Dixon, Jamie McMurray , Kyle Larson and Sage Karam. Ganassi drivers have won eight Rookie of the Year Awards with drivers Eddie Cheever (Verizon IndyCar Series), Zanardi (Verizon IndyCar Series), Montoya (Verizon IndyCar Series/NASCAR Sprint Cup Series), McMurray (NASCAR Sprint Cup Series) and Larson (NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and K&N Pro Series East). • How To Be Considered: Gen G is open to any young drivers between the ages of 13-18 in any form of stock car or open wheel racing program anywhere in the country. Candidates must complete an online application process including basic background questions and a brief video essay answering why they should be selected to enter the program. Submission of a video that highlights their racing achievements, interaction with family and friends and personality is also encouraged. The application window for the first full class will be open today and the deadline for submissions Jan. 31, 2016 with the winners being announced in March 2016. QUOTEBOARD Chip Ganassi, Owner, Chip Ganassi Racing Teams: "I have always been very passionate about trying to give back to the racing community as it has given me so much throughout my life. I have always had a real interest in finding and trying to develop young racing talent and over the years have even experienced success in doing it. This is simply an effort to give young drivers a 'leg up' as they navigate the turbulent waters of auto racing. The hope is that a program like this can make a difference in some drivers' careers." Devlin Defrancesco, 15-year-old Kart Driver: "I couldn't be happier to be the first recipient of the Generation Ganassi award. To be identified by Chip Ganassi is not only an honor but also something that I will use as motivation to live up to the standards that Chip and his organization has always had for their drivers. This is a big day for me."
Meet the man who owns eight NASCAR teams
Harry Scott didn't set out to own the most teams competing in NASCAR, but that's pretty much the situation the Raleigh, North Carolina native finds himself in today. Scott currently fields eight teams in NASCAR -- two in the Sprint Cup Series through his HScott Motorsports organization, one XFINITY Series team in collaboration with fellow Sprint Cup owner Chip Ganassi and five NASCAR K&N Pro Series East teams with co-owner/driver Justin Marks . Last year, driver Ben Rhodes captured the K&N Pro Series East title while driving for Scott's group. "My goal eventually is to have one of these K&N drivers come all the way with me or with an affiliated organization -- come from our K&N East operation to XFINITY and on up to Cup. That would be a pretty special thing," Scott told NASCAR.com earlier this season. This weekend's racing program at Richmond International Raceway will see each of Scott's teams in action as the three-quarter mile track hosts K&N East, XFINITY and Sprint Cup events. Drivers William Byron and Scott Heckert headed into Thursday night's UNOH 100 at RIR first and second in points with teammates Dalton Sargeant (fourth), J.J. Haley (sixth) and Rico Abreu (seventh) also in the top 10. Brennan Poole , who has split seat time with Sprint Cup driver Kyle Larson and Marks in the No. 42 XFINITY Series entry, will make his 14th start of the season in Friday's Virginia529 College Savings 250 . Saturday's Federated Auto Parts 400 will include HScott Motorsports drivers Justin Allgaier and Michael Annett . That's quite a lot to keep up with for an owner who began his NASCAR efforts less than seven years ago by partnering with then-Nationwide Series owner Todd Braun and Braun Racing. "I've always been interested in racing, always been a race fan, always been attracted to it," Scott, founder of AccuDoc Solutions, a medical billing services provider, said. "Growing up in Raleigh I wasn't in the racing scene, I didn't grow up in it. My father was a physician. The first real inside exposure that I had was with Todd and that group. I was introduced to them in Daytona in February of 2009. We built a friendship and then we built a partnership in 2010. "It was almost an internship. I had the ability to get the exposure; they welcomed me. It was a really good opportunity to get the experience that prepared me for what it's become today through a series of other opportunities." After Braun ceased operations, Scott joined forces with team owner Steve Turner, who fielded XFINITY , Camping World Truck Series and K&N teams. The union, though, was already dissolving in the fall of 2013 when the opportunity for Scott to become a Sprint Cup team owner surfaced. Scott had been considering such a move, "but not necessarily at that point," he said. Former team owner James Finch was looking to unload his Phoenix Racing operation, and Scott was an interested party. "Everything happens for a reason," Scott said. "I'm very pleased that I took the jump and took the risk. In an ideal situation for me, it was probably a year or two earlier than what I had expected. But it's worked out really, really well." The fact that he wouldn't have to build a team from the ground up was enticing, and less costly. Phoenix Racing also already had working arrangements in place with Hendrick Motorsports (which had also provided engines to Turner Scott) to supply engine and chassis. Primary sponsor Brandt had expressed an interest in moving into Sprint Cup as well. "All those things kind of came together in September of 2013," Scott said. "It was an opportunity that I really couldn't turn down. "The key to being able to do all this are the relationships that we've been able to forge with Hendrick, with Chevrolet, with Stewart-Haas now, they provide us some engineering support, and our sponsor relationships. Without all of those things, there's no way we could compete and do what we do. It was almost a perfect storm so to speak." The association with Ganassi made sense on two fronts -- Scott had the available XFINITY Series operation from the earlier Turner-Scott affiliation and Ganassi needed a feeder series for the development of driver Kyle Larson . An expected two-year program for Larson, however, was cut in half when the opportunity to put the youngster in the No. 42 vacated by Juan Pablo Montoya surfaced. But the team remains in place, another stop on the racing ladder where drivers can continue to gain experience. "It's a good fit for both of us because (Ganassi) provides us with a lot of support technically; we lease space in their shop and it also allows Chip to stay close to Larson's racing ... Obviously they've got an interest in making sure he's in the most competitive equipment he can be in. As we both do." His Sprint Cup teams, Scott said are "paying our dues." Allgaier, in just his second full season, is 30th in points while Annett, who joined HScott in January after a '14 season with Tommy Baldwin Racing , is 36th. Scott is among the younger Sprint Cup Series team owners at 49 and hopes to be around "as long as I'm able to do it physically." "I'm not in it for the short term," he said. "I'm trying to build this the right way. Some of these guys have got 20, 30 years head start on me. It's hard when you're competing against them every week to keep it in perspective. You want to be as competitive as you can, but you also don't want to be naïve enough and get disappointed when you're racing a Hendrick organization, or Joe Gibbs or Stewart-Haas. ... "I didn't come into the Cup series thinking I was going to light the world on fire immediately, because it just doesn’t happen, I don't care how much resources you have. It's not just resources. It's people, it's time, it's experience, and you can't buy experience." Scott sees the ownership landscape changing, and says he hopes he can assist others the way owners today have helped him. He listens, he is given advice and he learns. "I take all that to heart," he said of conversations with Hendrick, Ganassi and others. I'm glad they're here. "There will come a time where hopefully I'm in their position giving the advice and I can give back to the sport, help young teams coming along ... and that would be my ultimate goal -- to bring some of these young drivers along too. That would be really fulfilling."