Max Angelelli - Ford interview 2009-10-07

This Week in Ford Racing October 7, 2009 The Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series will decide its 2009 championship Saturday afternoon at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Max Angelelli, co-driver of the No. 10 SunTrust Ford Dallara, is currently in second...

This Week in Ford Racing
October 7, 2009

The Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series will decide its 2009 championship Saturday afternoon at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Max Angelelli, co-driver of the No. 10 SunTrust Ford Dallara, is currently in second place, with eight points separating him and co-driver Brian Frisselle from the title.

MAX ANGELELLI - No. 10 SunTrust Ford Dallara:

YOU'RE EIGHT POINTS OUT OF FIRST AND ONLY TWO POINTS AHEAD OF THIRD PLACE. WHAT IS YOUR STRATEGY GOING INTO THIS WEEKEND? "Unfortunately, we only have one strategy, and that is to go and win the race. If we can do that, whatever is going to happen afterwards, will leave us with a good taste in our mouths because we won the race. If we miss that, if we're not in a position to win the race, then we must keep both cars behind us, the No. 01 and the No. 99. We must do everything we can to hold those two cars behind us."

YOU HAVE PERFORMED WELL AT HOMESETEAD OVER THE YEARS. DO YOU FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE KNOWING THAT IT COMES DOWN TO A TRACK AT WHICH YOU DO WELL? "Yes, that definitely helps. Fortunately, this year we have performed well at race tracks where normally we didn't in the past, so I'm not worried too much about past races and our records."

HOW HAS WORKING WITH YOUR NEW TEAMMATE, BRIAN FRISSELLE, BEEN THIS YEAR? "It's been great. It's been a very good year. I have no regrets. It's been better than last year."

LAST YEAR SUNTRUST RACING FINISHED IN 14TH PLACE, THIS YEAR YOU'RE IN SECOND. WHAT HAS BEEN THE MAJOR DIFFERENCE IN THE TWO SEASONS? "Well, we've developed a stronger relationship with Ford Racing, so that's one difference. With all that had happened to us last year, with all the changes, we're lucky that it didn't happen again this year. We were able to concentrate more on the engineering and scoring points during the race, so that's a huge thing. Like I said before, because we always wanted to improve, we made the switch with Brian Frisselle and now we're here in the last race fighting for the championship. With all the moves and the changes, you can see we are going in the right direction."

EARLIER IN THE SEASON YOU HAD A FEW MINOR SETBACKS, AND THEN YOU WON THE RACE IN DAYTONA AND THEN THE RACE IN MONTREAL BACK IN AUGUST. WHAT CHANGED DURING THAT TIME? "Probably looking from the outside you see bad results, but if you really look from the inside at the results, you would see that we've been caught by really bad luck at some of those races where we finished 12th, or 13th when were leading. We had to deal with yellow flags, and we got pushed out. If you only look at the outside results, it's bad, but there were different reasons why the result was bad. Thinking back, we didn't really change much with our strategy this season, but we had a bit of luck and we could get the results that we did. We weren't able to do it at the beginning of the season, but due to an incredible sequence of events through the rest of the season we did well."

AFTER YOUR WIN IN MONTREAL, YOU FINISHED SECOND IN THE LAST RACE AT UTAH. DO YOU BELIVE IN MOMENTUM? "I'm not a momentum guy. I always believed that every new race we go into on the weekend is a separate event from the one before. Everything changes. It changes hourly. Anything can happen. It all depends on how practice and qualifying go. If you don't have a problem then, it should be a good weekend, regardless if you're coming from winning a race or just having a good race. So, to answer your question, no, I don't think those races will affect this one."

-credit: ford racing

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Max Angelelli , Brian Frisselle