NASCAR: Montoya confident in strong start this season image

Juan Pablo Montoya is confident that Earnhardt Ganassi Racing will have a better start in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season than it had last year.

The former Formula 1 driver had one of his worst Cup seasons last year, finishing 22nd overall and with only two top-10 results in 36 races. His team-mate Jamie McMurray ended the year in 21st. But the Colombian believes the team has learnt its lessons and will be more competitive this year.

“Honestly it’s hard to put in words, but we’re so much further ahead. We’re on the same page now. It took us a long time last year to get there. We were so far apart in thoughts and work that it took us a long time to get together, but as time went on I think we put ourselves on the same page and I think it really paid off,” Montoya was quoted as saying by Autosport.

Montoya also believes the new Gen-6 car regulations and choosing Hendrick Motorsports as engine suppliers will also help Earnhardt Ganassi perform better. “I think the Gen-6 car helped a little bit. I think it took away a lot of things people had and put us on a more level playing field. It made us catch up a lot more,” Montoya said.