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Montoya came to NASCAR with high expectations but leaves with unmet goals

  • Driver Juan Pablo Montoya, of Colombia, climbs into for practice for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)The Associated Press

  • Juan Pablo Montoya drives a lap during practice for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla. (AP Photo/David Graham)The Associated Press

There's a handmade Colombian flag hanging inside Juan Pablo Montoya's motorhome that was given to him by a fan several weeks ago.

Three words are embroidered into the stripes: IndyCar Champ 2014.

Eight years after Montoya came into NASCAR amid great hype and high expectations, he'll quietly close out his career Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway with unmet goals and his long relationship with Chip Ganassi at a crossroads.

Montoya is headed back to open wheel to drive for Roger Penske next season in IndyCar. Montoya jumped at the job after Ganassi decided not to bring him back in 2014.

The former Indianapolis 500 winner, CART champion and winner of seven Formula One races leaves with only two Sprint Cup victories.