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Can Juan Pablo Montoya Turn Things Around In 2013?

Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports

For Juan Pablo Montoya the 2013 racing season got off to a great start and with the start of another NASCAR season days away, he looks to continue that great start.

The 2013 season not only begin for Montoya with the Daytona and Charlotte testing sessions but with one of the longest races within all racing series. In order to get a head start to his racing season and for his team owner Chip Ganassi, Montoya was one of the few drivers behind the wheel of the No. 01 car at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. During the race Montoya became a main factor for the No. 01 team in their Rolex win.

With his third Rolex win under his name and his first win of the year, Montoya will attempt to transfer his win into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in hopes of improvement in that series. Last season Montoya was not able to perform well or qualify into the chase. His only chase appearance was the 2009 season.

During the 2012 season Montoya did not have any luck at all and it became noticeable that his season did not get off to a good start based on the duels and the Daytona 500. Throughout the season he had five DNFs and ended the year outside the top 20 in 22nd place within the point standings.

In the 2012 season, Montoya captured two poles back-to-back at Pocono Raceway and Watkins Glen.  Montoya’s best finishes were only two top-10 finishes at Bristol and Michigan, both eighth place finishes. His average finish in 2012 was 21.7.

As for making his way to Victory Lane, Montoya has not won a race since the 2010 season at Watkins Glen. The win at the Glen is his only win in the Cup Series.

The 2007 Cup Series rookie of the year has not been able to convert his success from his previous racing series into NASCAR the way he would have liked to. Since his rookie season he has only won rookie honors, a chase appearance and a win. He has been close to capturing a win on an oval on a few occasions. Since making his way into NASCAR Montoya does separate himself from his competitors when it comes to the road courses.

Going into 2013 Montoya along with his team, Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing, look to turn things around following their results with both of it’s drivers out of the top 20. Following the win at the Rolex 24 it gives Montoya a bit of confidence in hopes of turning things around.

Christy Valdez is a member of the NASCAR Media. Follow her on Twitter @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy