In the high-stakes world of Formula One, relationships between teammates are rare. The competition is too intense for drivers to socialize, and winning is the primary goal.
So Juan Pablo Montoya was more than a little surprised when he moved to NASCAR and was warmly welcomed by teammate David Stremme.
“He became a good friend,” Montoya said. “He went out of his way to help me everywhere, at all the tracks. He’d get a car from NASCAR and take me on the track and show me where to go and where not to go.”
But Stremme is apparently out at Chip Ganassi Racing. Speculation indicates IRL IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti will replace him.
“It’s a sad thing, and it’s really hard to talk about it because I really like David,” Montoya said. “But Chip is my boss, so what can I do?”
• NASCAR TRUCKS — Brendan Gaughn and his No. 77 South Point Racing team will host its annual open house at 3-7:30 p.m. next Friday on the eve of the Smith’s Las Vegas 350 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
• MONSTER TRUCKS — Bigfoot, Madusa, King Krunch and Samson are to be among 12 teams competing next Friday in the Major League of Monster Trucks show at Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s dirt track.
• LVMS BULLRING — Scott Gafforini, whose intake manifold was confiscated after Saturday night’s Super Late Models race, was not disqualified. Upon further review by Las Vegas Motor Speedway officials, the part was determined to be legal and Gafforini’s original fourth-place finish was restored.
• OPEN WHEEL — Sam Schmidt Motorsport’s driver Logan Gomez won Saturday in Joliet, Ill., in the closest finish ever in the Indy Pro Series. Gomez won by 0.00005 seconds — about an inch — over teammate Alex Lloyd, who already had clinched the series title for Henderson’s Schmidt.
• MOTOCROSS — Yamaha’s Grant Langston of Clermont, Fla., clinched his first AMA Motocross class championship Saturday by winning the overall event title at Glen Helen Raceway in Devore, Calif.
• SPORTS CARS — The championship in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series comes down to Saturday’s 14th and final race of the season at Miller Motorsports Park, just west of Salt Lake City.
Bob Stallings Racing teammates Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty have a one-point lead over Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Pruett, with SunTrust Racing’s Max Angelelli three points behind the leaders.Auto Racing in Las VegasMore information