With news of Juan Pablo Montoya's departure from the No. 42 Target Chevy at season's end, it seems hard to fathom that team owner Chip Ganassi did not have a game plan before he informed the driver his services would not be needed in the Sprint Cup Series in 2014.
Here are a few details to ponder before contemplating the potential candidates for the soon-to-be-vacated ride at Earnhardt Ganassi Racing.
- With Target holding the primary position in Ganassi's sponsorship portfolio for the past 24 seasons, it's clear that the retail giant was not receiving enough return on its NASCAR investment. Despite Montoya's affable personality, international appeal and open-wheel resume, two wins over the course of seven years falls woefully short of the success from the IndyCar side of Ganassi's operation. The days are dwindling in NASCAR when personality compensates for inadequate results.
- There's a distinct changing of the guard taking place in NASCAR. It's been about 15 years since a yout...