Montoya not bothered by remark

Updated: October 30, 2009, 2:04 PM ET
Associated Press

TALLADEGA, Ala. -- Juan Pablo Montoya was never upset by the "taco" remark that got ESPN announcer Bob Griese suspended.

The network this week suspended Griese from broadcasting a college football game on Saturday for the remark he made last week about Montoya. During a spot for NASCAR, the top five drivers in the standings were shown and Griese was asked where Montoya was in the promotion.

Griese replied Montoya was "out having a taco."

"At the end of the day, it's not my responsibility, it is not our sport, it is completely out of my hands," Montoya said Friday at Talladega Superspeedway. "I never paid attention to the comment, and as I said, I didn't really care. If they wanted to suspend him for what he did, it's their problem, not NASCAR or myself.

"I was good with [the remark]."

Montoya has poked fun at the comment several times over the past week, including Friday, when he said he almost brought trays of tacos for reporters during his weekly news conference.

Earlier in the week, Montoya posted on Twitter that he was going to have tacos for lunch.

"The wife, I told her I wanted Italian, and she said 'No, I want Mexican,' " he said. "So I said, 'Let's go have some Mexican.' The tacos were so good, too."


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