Juan Pablo Montoya and Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing To Part Ways

By Christy Valdez
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Juan Pablo Montoya just became the next driver to add his name to the list drivers in need of a new ride.

As the 2013 season progresses, plans for the 2014 season are beginning to take shape with Montoya and Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing parting ways. The Associated Press reported that the No.42 team learned on Tuesday that Montoya would not be returning to the team next season.

After more than eight years together since the 2006 season, Chip Ganassi and Montoya will no longer work together. The No.42 car will be in need of a new driver, and the team has yet to announce who will take over once the 2013 season is over.

Throughout his time with Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing, Montoya has captured two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins, at Sonoma Raceway and Watkins Glen International. He has made one appearance in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in the 2009 season.

Along with his wins in the Cup Series, Montoya has one Nationwide Series win from 2007.

Since his win at Watkins Glen in 2010 Montoya has been winless.

With Montoya not returning to EGR, his departure adds to the craziness of what is known as the NASCAR silly season with all of the unsigned drivers. With few seats open in the Cup Series and many drivers without a ride for 2014 at moment, it will be interesting to follow the situation as the season moves on. Montoya will have to make his case for a ride for next season just like Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch are trying to do.

Montoya has made a name for himself with his accomplishments in NASCAR and within other series. He is a previous winner in the Indianapolis 500, Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona and in Formula One. All of those features could help him, but if he wants to secure a spot for next season he will have to at least win a race before the 2013 season is over.

Christy Valdez is a NASCAR writer for Rant Sports. Follow her on Twitter at @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy 

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