David Ragan and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finished 12th in today’s Canadian Tire 200 at the Glen. It was the Grand-Am debut for both NASCAR drivers as they competed in the No. 11 TRN Racing/Blackforest Ford Mustang in the GT Class.
DAVID RAGAN – No. 11 TPN Racing/Blackforest Ford Mustang
“I’ve had a great time. This is probably the most fun I’ve ever had at a road course, so thanks to Jack, Ford Racing and UPS for allowing me to do this. It was great to get seat time and another couple hours of running that I otherwise wouldn’t have gotten to go along with our best qualifying effort up here. It definitely helps a little bit. I know the cars are completely different, but just getting the mindset of turning left and turning right and getting my reactions better, it was a lot of fun.”
HOW WOULD YOU GRADE YOURSELF? “I think that I can always do better. Early on in traffic I needed to get the feel on how everyone was racing and how hard you could go, but then as we opened up I think we ran some good lap times and was really competitive. We probably could have done a little better on our driver change. That was the first time Ricky and I have done that, so we probably gave up a little time there, but, all in all, I think it was a success. We didn’t tear anything up. We finished the race. It’s a check on my resume that I’ve been able to drive a Grand-Am car and I couldn’t be more happy that we were able to finish and next time it gives us some room for improvement.”
RICKY STENHOUSE JR. – No. 11 TPN Racing/Blackforest Ford Mustang
“It was a lot of fun. It took me awhile to get going. When I went out there on cold tires I was trying to get the seat belts tightened for about three laps, but then I started running until we got to the next pit stop and then I got the belts tight. Every lap I learned something different and felt like I got a good rhythm, which I hadn’t been able to do in our stock car.”
HOW WAS IT WITH DIFFERENT CARS OUT THERE? “I had no idea where we were, but with all the DP cars I was probably a little too nice. I’d pull over really early for them and that would slow us down. That probably cost us a lot because I felt like we had a pretty fast Mustang, but it was just a blast out there.”
HOW WOULD YOU GRADE YOURSELF? “I think we did alright. I don’t know what was expected, but I feel like we did alright. David ran some really good laps, consistent laps. He was more consistent than I was and ran really strong, so when I got in it took me awhile to get going after running our Nationwide car today. Once we got going, I felt like I could run some consistent laps until the DP cars got there, but I felt like we did pretty good today.”