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!