Friday, March 09, 2012

Earnhardt Jr gets Montoya's car that crashed into jet dryer

Per, The Earnhardt Ganassi Racing car that Juan Pablo Montoya crashed into a jet dryer during the Daytona 500 Feb. 27 at Daytona International Speedway. It now sits in the woods on Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s 200-acre property in Mooresville, N.C., a gift from former Hendrick Motorsports engineer Chris Heroy, who worked on Earnhardt Jr.’s crew last year and is now Montoya’s crew chief at EGR.

“[Heroy] is a buddy of mine and he gave it to me,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “I’ve got 50 or 60 cars out there. I didn’t buy any of them.”

The Montoya car automatically became one of the most famous cars on Earnhardt Jr.’s property.
“That one ranks right up there,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “I’ve got the [Nationwide] car that [Dennis] Setzer flipped when he was driving for [Brad] Keselowski at Talladega. It ranks right up there. It’s one of the top two or three.

“I don’t even know where they put it. I’ll have to go find it.”

The jet dryer was the property of Michigan International Speedway.