Montoya was at Daytona International Speed-way preparing for next month's Daytona 500 when Schumacher was quoted in The New York Times saying "What's exciting there?"
"Put Schumacher in a NASCAR (race car) at Homestead (Fla.) and tell him to be a half-second off the leader and he'd have a heart attack," Montoya said. "This is a challenge."
Montoya brings some prestigious international credentials. He not only is a former CART Champ Car champion, he's a former winner of the Indianapolis 500. He's also won in Formula One, including the Grand Prix of Monaco.
So how would a Daytona 500 rank?
"Right up there with Indy and Monaco," he said. "That would be big."
Montoya is proving to be a fast study, pacing Tuesday morning's test session with a lap at 184.574 mph. Ryan Newman led the afternoon session at 186.540 mph.
ESPN GEARING UP: NASCAR is hoping ESPN's return to the sport will jump-start sagging TV ratings, and the network is revving up its efforts with an aggressive brand campaign.
The network's daily news show "NASCAR Now" will begin on Jan. 29, and a series, which features Busch drivers, will debut on Feb. 5.
ESPN will place a large emphasis on the Busch Series, which will be televised in its entirety on its networks.
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