Brian Vickers (fifth) was the highest finishing Camry driver in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. David Reutimann (eighth) also earned top-10 finish in today's race and moved up one position in the ...
Brian Vickers (fifth) was the highest finishing Camry driver in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
David Reutimann (eighth) also earned top-10 finish in today's race and moved up one position in the unofficial NSCS point standings to 13th - now 68 points out of the top-12 'Chase' for the Sprint Cup positions.
Other Toyota drivers in the field included Joey Logano (12th), Marcos Ambrose (22nd), Robby Gordon (28th), Scott Speed (31st), Terry Labonte (33rd), Denny Hamlin (34th), Michael Waltrip (35th), Kyle Busch (38th), Mike Skinner (41st), Dave Blaney (42nd) and Joe Nemechek (43rd).
Six Camry drivers are in the top-20 in the unofficial NSCS driver point standings -- Hamlin (sixth), Reutimann (13th), Busch (14th), Vickers (15th), Ambrose (18th) and Logano (19th).
How was your race today? "It was a good race, but not satisfied - by no means. We had a really good car in the test and here in practice. We really wanted to come here and win this race. The five (Mark Martin) and the 48 (Jimmie Johnson) were really strong. I think when we were at our best, if we would have had the track position then we could have stayed out in front of them. It was very difficult to pass and track position meant a lot. The pit guys did a great job."
How was your run after the final caution flag? "Our luck bit us in the butt. We had a great car and we had a left-rear (tire) go down on the last run. I thought I felt something right before we went back green and I asked (Kevin) Harvick behind us and the nine (Kasey Kahne) beside us to check our tires - it wasn't low enough for them to notice anything. We just found out it was down to less than 15 pounds there at the end of the race. It just killed us. We just got really, really tight because of that and it's frustrating."
How much did your pit crew affect your race? "So proud of this Red Bull crew. We had a good car, but it's so frustrating - we really wanted to win. The guys on pit road did an awesome job. This was the best race we've had on pit road and I am really proud of the guys."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 8th
How was your race today? "It was a decent day. We just kind of hovered around the top-10 most of the day. The guys did a great job and had good pit stops. That's about the car we had at the end of the race. We made it a little bit better, but track position is so important. The longer the run, the better we got. Those guys would get too far away from us on the short run and I just couldn't get back to them. All in all it was a good day and a pretty productive day. Hopefully, a decent day in the points."
Do you feel like you gained some ground in the points today? "I don't think it put us inside, but hopefully it put us a little closer to where we needed to be. Hopefully, we didn't lose any ground and that's the main thing. If we can gain a little bit and not lose anything - that's a good deal."
JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 12th
What was it like to race against Juan Pablo Montoya in the final laps? "We were racing hard. Every position counts. We were running hard, but I didn't want to blow our good finish away. We raced hard, but eventually enough is enough and you just have to be smart out there. We had a really good car and it took off on restarts like no other. I started on the outside lane every single time. Besides that, we took off real good. Eventually everyone would just single-file out and get stuck where we're at and we were just tight so you couldn't pass anybody. You had to get them on the start or you were just kind of stuck there."
Where did your car work the best on the race track? "I would try to get them through the short chute - that was the best place for me. That way I could try to clear them before I get off to the big straightaway and try to keep some momentum going. That was kind of a big deal. That's probably the biggest part - we would just try to get them wherever we can. It's so tough and it's all about timing. You're behind these cars that are the same speed as you or you're faster and you just get behind them and you're stuck and you can't do anything about it. Then your car's just tight and then you end up losing them. You have to get them quick when you get there, but you have to have a plan so you can creep up on them."
What was it like to come from the back when the race started? "I just wish we would have started up closer to the front. We were running with top-10 cars and we were as fast as anybody on the restarts. In the end, I just started over-driving it and giving it all I had and killed the car - just kept killing the right- front tire and then I didn't have anything."
MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Little Debbie-Kingsford-Clorox Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing
Finishing Position: 22nd
ROBBY GORDON, No. 7 Johns Stanville Toyota Camry, Robby Gordon Motorsports
Finishing Position: 28th
TERRY LABONTE, No. 08 Carter Simo Racing Toyota Camry, Carter Simo Racing
Finishing Position: 33rd
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 34th
How frustrating was your race today? "Long day for the FedEx Office team. We broke a drive shaft coming out of the pits after the first stop. The drive shaft broke and the shifter broke apart from the transmission - I was holding the shifter in my right hand. We were starting to move through the field slowly and it all ended, just like that. The FedEx Office crew fixed the problem back in the garage, but we were too many laps down (16 laps). You just can never lock yourself into the 'Chase,' it is always something, really. It was good to only lose one spot in points. After we fixed the drive shaft we ran well, but we were way behind and out of it. Our luck at Pocono has to be better than here."
MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 55 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 35th
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Snickers Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 38th
What happened that put you in the garage? "Not really sure. It's unfortunate for the Snickers Toyota Camry, we were running decent, you know. We were running there about 15th or something and had an awesome pit stop on pit road and got up to seventh. We were biding our time running there and I got stuck behind the 71 (David Gilliland) there and had to push the right-front a little bit. From right from that point I just started losing the right-front tire - just getting real tight. I had been loose the whole run so I didn't think I had been abusing it at all, but all of the sudden it just started vibrating and then in two laps it just blew out. I don't know what happened - I don't know if it's our cars, the tire - I don't know what."
How frustrating is it to know that this could result in you falling out of the top-12 in points? "I think it's pretty self-explanatory that we're trying to fight for a spot in the 'Chase' and this is obviously frustrating because I don't know if it was our cars, the tire or what. The guys on pit road were going to save this day because you can't pass out there. I showed that - I can't even pass a lapped car. Something with our cars maybe."
MIKE SKINNER, No. 36 Toyota Camry, Tommy Baldwin Racing
Finishing Position: 41st
DAVE BLANEY, No. 66 Prism Motorsports Toyota Camry, Prism Motorsports
Finishing Position: 42nd
JOE NEMECHEK, No. 87 NEMCO Motorsports Toyota Camry, NEMCO Motorsports
Finishing Position: 43rd
-credit: toyota motorsports