Chicagoland: Pole winner interview

BRIAN VICKERS, No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team Starting Position: 1st How was your qualifying lap? "It was an amazing lap, I didn't expect it to be that quick. I knew that we had a really good car and it was just up to me...

BRIAN VICKERS, No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team
Starting Position: 1st

How was your qualifying lap?

"It was an amazing lap, I didn't expect it to be that quick.  I knew that we had a really good car and it was just up to me to
mess up or finish the job.  The Red Bull guys back at the shop did a tremendous job building and putting together a great car
right out of the gate.  From the time we unloaded, we were really good."

How were you able to get your car to hold that well for your lap?

"We started out with a really good car this morning. Ryan (Pemberton, crew chief) and all the guys at Red Bull, I think we unloaded a great package but we were lacking a component and that was drive off. We almost went one direction and that red flag that lasted so long -- Ryan (Pemberton) got in the truck with engineers and really worked some stuff out on the simulator. So, we decided to go a different direction to help the drive off and man they nailed it. From that moment forward I knew we had a great car and a great drive off which is about the only component we were lacking when we unloaded. Everybody has done their part and maintained it since."

Are you getting frustrated with winning so many poles but not getting to victory lane?

"Absolutely, I'm very frustrated to not be in victory lane. Obviously, sitting on a pole this year, or poles , was one of our goals -- winning races was the other. If I had to pick between the two, I'd pick wins over poles but we'll take whatever we can get and we're really proud of the poles that we've sat on this year. We've had the cars during the race to win, we just haven't had all the pieces come together. I think everyone knows to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup race is very difficult, it takes a lot of talent, almost zero mistakes through 400, 500 or 600 miles, and also some luck. There have been races this year that we've lost with a car to win due to our own merit and our own mistakes, whether it be on pit road, the driver or engine-related. Most of them we've lost due to someone else's mistakes or bad luck. We had a car to win at Charlotte and a couple guys gambled that didn't run well all day, they stayed out, the rain came and they won. It's not much you can do about that. We've made the best decisions we could with the knowledge we had at the time and we ended up fifth."

Are you glad to see your teammate starting alongside you on the front row?

"I'm really proud of the efforts by the entire Red Bull Racing Team. I knew that (Scott Speed) draw -- going out last with the sun going down -- the time qualifying was going to be that was going to help tremendously. We knew they had a good car in practice. They made some changes throughout practice that seemed to really help them and they seemed fast. Given those two factors, Scott (Speed) tends to -- if he does have a strength it's qualifying and that's where you see it most. Knowing that he's going out last on a really fast race track -- to be honest we were concerned because we knew he was going to be quick. We wanted him to do well, just not better than us."

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Scott Speed
Teams Red Bull Racing