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Montoya: NASCAR tough for drivers without dirt racing backgrounds

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Mar 13, 2019 2:48 PM 5+ day ago

Juan Pablo Montoya believes a lack of dirt racing backgrounds among foreign drivers is one of the key reasons why more overseas racers are not competing in the NASCAR Cup Series.

Montoya moved into NASCAR full-time in 2007 following the end of his Formula 1 career at McLaren, and took two wins in 255 starts, mostly with Chip Ganassi Racing.

In an extensive interview with Motorsport Report's Julia Piquet, Montoya said he believes the fact that most countries encourage karting on asphalt means drivers from outside the US are at a disadvantage compared to those rising through the ranks in North America.

Mexican Daniel Suarez is currently the only foreign-born driver competing in the top-tier of NASCAR competition with Stewart-Haas Racing.

"The culture when you grow up racing in Latin America or Europe, you grow up racing karts on asphalt and circuits, you don't grow up doing ovals or dirt," said Montoya.

"Dirt is a big part of what you need to do ...

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