JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 42 ENERGIZER IMPALA SS, met with members of the media at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and discussed his season to date and Kyle Busch racing in Formula One. TALK ABOUT YOUR THOUGHTS COMING IN TO LAS VEGAS: "It is all about 26...
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 42 ENERGIZER IMPALA SS, met with members of the media at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and discussed his season to date and Kyle Busch racing in Formula One.
TALK ABOUT YOUR THOUGHTS COMING IN TO LAS VEGAS: "It is all about 26 races. We will see what happens. In a way, it has been weird year because in Daytona, we actually had a really fast car, we just ran out of time. We had a couple of bad spots, run in the back. Got tires, picked up a ton of places, but it was pretty late. California was an ok race. We normally struggle there and we ran pretty decent. We ran between eighth and 14th most of the day and it was ok. Here, we seemed ok again. We are close, we are very close. But we aren't there yet. In a way it is very exciting. Being with Target again, for me has been a big deal. Run the Chevy and now running for Chevy has been really good. Our performance has improved so I am very happy."
WHAT DOES A TEAM HAVE TO DO TO BREAK THE MONOPOLY THAT HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS AND ROUSH FENWAY SEEM TO HAVE ON LAS VEGAS? "I feel that we have the potential to start getting in there and having several wins and running better. One team on the one side has four cars, plus two, you look at Stewart as being pretty much a full Hendrick deal so that makes six cars. You look at the other side Roush has five cars plus another two, the Yates deal. You know, if all those cars finish ahead of you, you are already 16th. If you just put the Hendrick and the Roush and you finish right behind them, you are 10th. So it makes it hard but I think we are doing the job we have to. I think the performance is getting better. I think we are decent everywhere. I think we can run top-10 now every week, it feels like we are right there. We just need a little bit more speed out of the car. It is not much. I think we are in position, we need a little bit more to run top-five. We don't really need that much. It is like you can run with them, but you have to have better pit stops, everything has got to work together just a little bit better. Last week our pit stops hurt us a little bit but we are working really hard to make that better."
WHAT KIND OF DRIVER DO YOU THINK KYLE BUSCH WOULD BE IN A FORMULA ONE CAR? "I have no idea. What do you want me to say? I don't know. He grew driving these things and open wheel is very different. He would have a very hard transition. He runs very well on the ovals. He does a very good job on the road courses. Last year he won both. But it is a different car, it is a different animal. It would be interesting to see. First of all, is it really going to happen?"
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