Its Official - NASCAR is for Idiots!
INDIANAPOLIS -- Juan Pablo Montoya was well on his way to winning the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard like Secretariat in the Belmont.
He had the field covered, including winner Jimmie Johnson and runner-up Mark Martin.
Montoya, the Colombian flash, was cruising. A historic victory was only laps away.
An Indy 500 winner was going to win the NASCAR race at the Brickyard for the first time. Everything was perfect Sunday in the No. 42 Chevy.
Just play it safe. No chances.
Crew chief Brian Pattie had a message for his driver: "Nobody close man. Focus on the track."
Apparently, that message was lost in translation.
The impossible happened, a mistake beyond belief. It defied logic.
Montoya was caught speeding on pit road with 26 laps to go. On his final stop, Montoya came in a little too hot, not once, but twice.
Pit road has eight zones where the speed is measured. The speed limit in the pits at Indy is 55 mph. NASCAR gives the drivers a 5 mph cushion.
Darby said Montoya was caught over the cushion in Zones 2 and 4. Officially, the speed was recorded at 60.06 mph in Zone 2 and 60.11 mph in Zone 4.
"And he was already pushing it," Darby said. "He was over 59 miles per hour in most of the other zones."
THAT'S RIGHT, FOLKS. A NASCAR DRIVER WAS DISQUALIFIED FOR - GET THIS - SPEEDING!!!!! WHISKEY-TANGO-FOXTROT??