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With F1 pressure behind him, Montoya more relaxed in NASCAR garage

Juan Pablo Montoya could have been known as a difficult person in the rarified air of the F1 paddock. But he's his down-home self in the NASCAR garage, writes Lewis Franck.

Updated: March 11, 2008, 3:05 PM ET
By Lewis Franck | Special to ESPN.com

ATLANTA -- For most ordinary race fans, meeting a driver and getting his autograph is the next best thing to winning a lottery. And the odds of it happening are about as long.

On a near-freezing Sunday morning, in the infield parking area before the Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, some three dozen Juan Pablo Montoya fans were rewarded with 15 minutes of his time for no other reason than being loyal fans wearing his sponsor's Wrigley's Big Red T-shirts.

While ...

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