SCOTT SPEED, No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team Starting Position: 2nd Are you surprised with your qualifying lap? "That was lap nine for me on the track today. The car is definitely really close and I definitely felt more ...
Are you surprised with your qualifying lap?
"That was lap nine for me on the track today. The car is definitely really close and I definitely felt more confident coming in here even though we got so little running in practice. The car was just right. My job is going to be a lot more difficult keeping it up there on Sunday. Obviously I wasn't in the car long enough to mess it up today. For sure it was exciting and it's going to make our job more pressured tomorrow by starting up front, but we're taking our time. There's a lot still to learn and we're getting closer everyday."
How good was that qualifying lap?
"I didn't exactly get a lot of laps in practice. I think that helped us because I didn't have enough time to mess it up. The car came out pretty good and we didn't really change anything all day. I was just getting familiar with the race track because these Cup cars are a lot different to drive around here than the trucks. This is one of the tracks where that difference is a lot. It was a good thing that we got to go right from practice and into qualifying rather than switching with the truck. I just drove it in the corner and it stuck. Honestly, there was no magic."
Did you think you would make the jump from ARCA to NSCS as quickly you have?
"I think success is largely related to results. As much as I would like to take credit for winning a truck race in Dover and racing well in the trucks and in certain situations, honestly it comes down to what equipment you're in and what situation you're in. We saw clearly when we got into the Cup level in the 84 car -- we struggled a lot. It was definitely a lot more difficult than we anticipated. That is just one of those things -- I don't think by any means that I am anymore successful than any of the other guys that have come in here. I think I have a great support group -- I think Red Bull has made very good decisions in where they've put me and helped me progress and helped me to learn this sport. Honestly, everyone has been really friendly -- all the drivers and everyone I have ever talked to has been helpful. That is definitely one of the contributing factors for sure."
Do you see the ban on testing in 2009 to be a detriment?
"That's tough to say -- certainly the more track time that I get, the better. As we saw today, I literally had a total of nine laps at this track in a Cup car ever. What helps me the most is race time. Of course, testing definitely helps because getting a handle on what the car wants and how to communicate that information to the crew chief is another big part of this cross over where I'm learning a lot as we go. The race time is what's going to be the most beneficial for me and where I think I'm going to learn the most. It would be better to have it, but I don't think it's going to kill us."
Is your teammate going to ask you questions after you out-qualified him today?
"There's two corner -- sometimes you hit them right and sometimes you don't. My qualifying record is in the 30s and I honestly can't tell you that I did anything different. The car was just right. Hopefully it stays there for the race. Brian (Vickers) is a lot more qualified for the job than I am right now so I don't think I'll be giving him any advice anytime soon."
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