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Juan Pablo Montoya reflects on Daytona crash

Posted on: March 2, 2012 4:23 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2012 8:12 pm
By Pete Pistone

Juan Pablo Montoya has played the scary-looking incident from last Monday niight's Daytona 500 over in his head all week and understand just how lucky he is that things ended up the way they did.

Montoya's fiery crash with a jet dryer working on the track in turn three was the result of a parts failure on his Target Chevrolet as he was trying to catch up to the field under caution.

“There was a vibration; an issue or the gear box broke," Montoya explained Friday at Phoenix International Raceway. "It started to feel weird because then I shifted and it depends on the rpm; it was like on or off. And I said (to the crew on the radio) look, I think there’s something wrong. We looked at everything and everything was fine. And I went out again and we had a problem with the car and that was it, you know. We move on.” 

Montoya suffered what he calls minor injuries to his feet in the accident but other than that he's no worse for wear.

“I’m feeling okay," he said. "My feet are still a little sore, but not bad. It’s kind of interesting a week later, or five days later, and you’re looking back on that. And there’s actually a shot that shows the impact, and I’m pretty lucky to be honest.” 

As Montoya's car sped down the backstretch and then went out of control heading for the jet dryer he saus all he could do is brace himself for what he knew was going to be a big hit.

“It sucks because the car spun and I’m going oh, driver’s side, that’s going to suck," Montoya said. "That’s the only thing. You don’t think oh my God I’m going to kill myself. Nah. You go oh, that’s going to hurt. It wasn’t too bad.” 

The spectacular crash became a worldwide sensation and was quickly known around the world thanks to television, social media and You Tube. Montoya says he's heard from other drivers in various forms of motorsports who all have praised the safety initiatives in NASCAR.

“I think overall, people were kind of amazed that I walked out of that one," he said. "Honestly, everybody was being pretty amazed. Everyone has been really supportive and everything. The bright side is you can joke about it.” 

Montoya's wife Connie may not yet be ready to joke about it but he says she was obviously relived to see him walk away from the crash so quickly.

She saw me get out of the car and it’s like, it’s all good," he said. "You know what I mean. As long as you get out, it’s all good, no?”

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Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2012 12:22 pm

Juan Pablo Montoya reflects on Daytona crash

Sure glad he felt bad enough to comment on the driver of the jet dryer.  Not!

Since: Jan 16, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 3:20 am

Juan Pablo Montoya reflects on Daytona crash

is Juan Pablo back in Indy cars yet???  he sure as heck cant hang with the Nascar big boys.

Since: Jul 15, 2008
Posted on: March 4, 2012 8:22 pm

Juan Pablo Montoya reflects on Daytona crash

Funny how it is still about about Pablo in his mind.  Obviously it didn't occur to him that he could have killed the guy driving the pavement drier.  Even as he is getting out of his car, it didn't occur to him that someone else "like the guy in the truck" might need some help.  This guy has a ego the size of Texas.
What a jerk.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: March 4, 2012 6:56 pm

Juan Pablo Montoya reflects on Daytona crash

Usually, they can fix a car with even the most extensive of damage.  This has to suck, because I can't imagine them salvaging nearly as much out of this car as they would after a "normal" wreck.  That makes it even more impressive that he came back after a "short week" to finish 11th at Phoenix.  

It's very close to a "bleep or get off the pot" year for Montoya.  He has been in NASCAR long enough now that he should have made any adjustment neccessary to "realize his full potential."  There is a time in any athlete's career when "potential" has to meet results.  That time is now for Montoya.

Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: March 3, 2012 10:06 am

Juan Pablo Montoya reflects on Daytona crash

Bad timing for the truck arm to break. At least everyone was ok!!!

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