• Apr 27th 2007 at 9:09AM
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Poor JPM. He can't seem to catch a break. After several frustrating seasons to conclude his standout F1 career, the driver decided to give NASCAR a try. It has been a bit annoying, but the former CART Champion has shown some promise, and even registered his first win recently, albeit after spinning out his teammate in the process. But during a practice session at Phoenix International Raceway, Montoya apparently let his emotions get the best of him and displayed an inappropriate gesture. It caught the attention of the NASCAR stewards and has resulted in a $10,000 fine. It has also landed JPM on probation until the end of the year. He'll still be able to race the No. 42 Dodge in the Busch Series, but he'll really have to mind his p's and q's until Dec. 31.

But here's the kicker, Todd Brewer, the crew chief for the No. 25 Ford driven by David Gilliland was busted on the same day. His infraction was using unapproved, hollow jacking bolts. Brewer was cited for being in violation of several regulations, including the same one that Montoya's rude gesture falls under , Section 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing). And what was Brewer's fine? Just $2,000. Subjective rule enforcement will always be a subject of controversy, but here it seems particularly egregious.

Top tip Drew!

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      • 8 Years Ago
      A hollow jacking bolt can be used to reduce weight, (yes, a very small amount in relation to the car, I know) allowing ballast to be placed elsewhere in the car.

      Secondly it can be used to allow high pressure air to escape to the low pressure side, affecting the aerodynamics of the car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      For some reason, I think that 'flipping the bird' is less negative than all the bump drafting, love tapping, and 'opps, sorry about spinning you out' moves that happen on the track.... of course, JPM is guilty of those too :)
      • 8 Years Ago
      EnviroBob is right - JPM got the bigger fine because what he did could have been seen by the public.

      Racing be damned, it's all about *image* with Brian France.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I hardly believe this is the first time someone in NASCAR has been fined for this, therefore who cares?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I find it frustrating when "reporters" pass judgement on decisions like this without offering pertinent context. Smells like a NASCAR hit piece to me.

      JPM flipped the bird while he was on live national television, being watched by thousands of viewers some of whom were likely children. What made this gesture especially stupid was the fact that JPM was being tailed by camera crews and knew he was always on camera. The fine and probation were perfectly consistent with what NASCAR has done in the past; in 2005 Martin Truex Jr flipped off another competitor after a crash at Richmond. He got a $10,000 fine, probation and points docked.

      As for the "hollow jacking bolt", come on... how many people reading this know what a hollow jacking bolt is and how it affects a racecar's performance? These kind of infractions are pretty common and NASCAR has been reasonably consistent in their rulings against violations like this (unapproved jacking bolts, unapproved gear ratios, unapproved fuel filler necks, window net too small, etc).

      Auto racing is far more complex than your typical stick-and-ball sports. The game is different, the rules are different, how those rules are used to compete and win are different. People who don't understand or care about the sport should consider refraining from commenting until they've done some research.
      • 8 Years Ago
      He didn't 'let his emotions get the best of him'. He saw the camera out of the corner of his eye and thought it was that of the documentary film crew that's been following him around for a month. He did it as a joke to them, but got caught by the wrong camera. It's more of a slap-on-the-wrist than an actual sanction.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Reason number 3,273 as to why NASCAR is in trouble.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why do you report NASCAR related crap? This is stupid.
      • 8 Years Ago
      For the record, his 1st win came in the second tier Busch Series. He has finishes of 19th, 26th, 22nd, 5th, 32nd, 16th, 8th, and 33rd at the Cup level. NASCAR imposes heavier fines for behavior that gets them negative press. They don't want bad pub in a series heavily attended / watched by families...
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'd be all pissed off and flipping the bird too if I was forced to drive in circles all day long...
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think we're making a bit too much of a big deal about this, these fines get handed out all the time, montoya himself said it was no big deal he just forgot the practice event was being telivised.

      I believe tony's comments (perfectly true comments at that) were a bigger news story, and will likely cause the most talk this weekend.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's racism .... clear cut racism.

      Let me guess, was it the 'middle finger'?

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