Roush Yates Engines - JANUARY 29, 2011 (8:30 p.m. ET)
*The following four drivers changed out during the third hour:
JIM LOWE, NO 8 GROUT SHIELD/BURLUSA STARWORKS MOTORSPORT FORD/RILEY:
HOW DID THE ENGINE FEEL OUT THERE? "It's a beautiful engine, a beautiful power plant. The power out of the corners is great, got a lot of good top-end speed here and it's really a pleasure all the way through the band the thing runs great. A lot of torque, a lot of grunt.
HOW DO YOU THINK YOU'RE GOING TO FAIR HERE GOING INTO THE NIGHT?
It's like everything else. It's more about surviving well right now. Keeping the car in good shape, you don't want to get too over excited. Try to stay away from some of those GT cars that can make problems for you. You just want to keep going and going and going.
JOHN PEW, NO. 60 CROWN ROYAL XR MICHAEL SHANK RACING FORD/RILEY:
HOW DID THE ROUSH YATES ENGINE FEEL TO YOU DURING YOUR FIRST STINT? "The engine is fantastic. I'm glad I have a Roush Yates engine in there. It's a good engine, a strong engine.
MARK BLUNDELL, NO. 23 JOHNNIE WALKER/FXI/UBS UNITED AUTOSPORTS WITH MICHAEL SHANK RACING FORD/RILEY:
WHAT CAN YOU REPORT ABOUT THE ROUSH YATES ENGINE SO FAR? "Everything went really well. It's a hard stint, a lot of overtaking for position. Traffic as always is issue. Engine wise, no problem whatsoever. Everything was running 100% so I'm happy and I think the team is happy.
MATT BELL, NO. 77 DORAN RACING FORD/DALLARA?
HOW DID THE ENGINE FEEL OUT THERE FOR YOUR FIRST STINT? "Engine's very strong. The limitation's me, not the motor. It's got more torque than I can really change my driving style to match. It is difficult but I'm happy with it. It sounds great, it feels great, its shifting just fine and I have no complaints."
IS IT COMPETITIVE AGAINST THE OTHER TEAMS? "Yeah it's very competitive. It's hard to tell but I'm chasing another Ford out there for a while and we both seem to be some of the fastest cars in the field."
*The following driver changed out during the fourth hour:
NIC JONSSON, NO. 76 KROHN RACING FORD/LOLA:
HOW WAS YOUR ROUSH YATES ENGINE WORKING TONIGHT? "Brought that Lola powered by a Roush Ford, it's running right out there right now. We had a bad set of second tires that changed the whole handling of the car so we were struggling a little bit through the last hour. But before that we were running out front and you know keeping the pace so that was all good. But the car's is good, we just have to try to stay out of trouble and keep the car in one piece and otherwise everything is running very smooth and very good.
SO HOW DID THE CAR FEEL OUT FRONT IN CLEAN AIR WHEN YOU WERE LEADING? "Everything is perfect when we were running out there in clean air. We seem to think we got a second set of bad tires and that's kind of why we were struggling with the handling otherwise the power seems fine, the motor is running very consistent and reliably so everything is very good.
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