Moving from Formula One to NASCAR this season, Juan Pablo Montoya has surely have had many things to get adjusted to. Different cars, different tracks, different opponents. While the jury may still be out on his initial success, Juan Pablo has certainly made up his mind regarding one thing - Martinsville hot dogs. For the uninitiated, a Martinsville hot dog is a pink wiener smothered with chili, onions and slaw. These Martinsville hot dogs are a beloved treat in NASCAR. Even Dale Earnhardt Jr. loves 'em. In fact, he downed his first two before 10 a.m. prior to practice.
In a bizarre interview with AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer, Juan Pablo talked about everything hot dogs. Here are some of the highlights.
Q: Did you have a famous Martinsville hot dog?
Q: So why didn't you try it?
JPM: ``It just doesn't look good. Somebody from Speed gave me one, and it was in a bag and I looked at it and thought `Hell no!' ``
So if Juan Pablo doesn't like the Martinsville hot dogs, how does he prefer his?
``I put cheese on it, put the bun with the cheese in the microwave, then put a little bit of pineapple on it. Then the sauces, then a little bit of crumpled (potato) chips.''
And he thinks the Martinsville hot dogs are gross? Pineapple? On a hot dog? Montoya certainly gets points for creativity (and even perhaps a nod to offsetting the terrible nutritious elements of a hot dog). But his concoction sounds like it would be made by either a four year old with free roam of the kitchen, or a college kid scrapping a bunch of leftovers together. Scratch that - what's a college kid doing with pineapple? Cutting it up would be too much effort.
In the words of Arnold's Pizza Delivery Shop, "what the hell is pineapple anyway?"