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Montoya's faithful followers now NASCAR fans, too

They loved him in CART. They followed him in Formula One. And now they adore him in NASCAR Nextel Cup. Where Juan Pablo Montoya goes, so go his fans, Marty Smith writes in Door-To-Door.

Updated: July 5, 2007, 7:18 PM ET
By Marty Smith | ESPN.com

In the year since Chip Ganassi announced to the world that Formula One star Juan Pablo Montoya would drive his No. 42 Dodge in 2007, many pundits, myself included, have pondered what effect a star of such international celebrity might have on NASCAR racing.

I distinctly remember saying he could do for NASCAR what Tiger Woods did for golf. I also distinctly remember saying it'd be two or three years before he sniffed a win.

He needed all of 17 races.

And ...

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