Montoya’s win with Chip Ganassi Racing in the 24 Hours of Daytona was a welcome change in fortune for the Colombian driver.
It’s been two long years since Montoya’s last race win. His last NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory came at the Watkins Glen road course in 2010. “At this point, I think Chip and everybody, we all expected to run a lot better and have more wins (on the Cup side). Absolutely more wins. But I think Chip realized last year a lot needed to be done and he put a lot of things in place. The problem is once you put all those things in place, you’re not going to get results overnight,” Montoya said.
For team owner Chip Ganassi, the Rolex 24 victory is a good omen for the stock car. “That’s a big shot in the arm for any driver in any series to start off the season with a win, and obviously it’s a completely different car than he’s driving on a full‑time basis, but a win is a win, and it all adds up and it all means something,” Ganassi said.
Montoya’s third Rolex 24 victory adds to his seven Formula One victories, his 1999 Indy car championship, the 2000 Indianapolis 500 win and his two victories in NASCAR’s big leagues.