Richmond test - Montoya Wednesday interview

Richmond International Raceway COT, Dodge Avenger Test Session April 4, 2007. JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Avenger) "Things are going pretty well. It's pretty hard to say if we're going to make The Chase or not. It's too...

Richmond International Raceway
COT, Dodge Avenger Test Session
April 4, 2007.

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Avenger)

"Things are going pretty well. It's pretty hard to say if we're going to make The Chase or not. It's too early. We're just going race by race making sure we bring the car home. I was more concerned about dropping out of the top 20 than getting in the top 12. The last race was a good race for us. It was a tough race. This is a pretty tricky track. I think there will be a lot of tracks where we struggle. Bristol was one of them at the beginning of the race. At the end we were pretty competitive, but it was too late. You've got to take advantage when you're comfortable. When you're good score good points and when you're not just bring the car home. If you manage to stay away from wrecks and stuff you'll be fine. I think you've got to wait for 10 more races to sit down and say we can make The Chase, we've got to focus on this or that."

"It's been pretty good for the whole Ganassi organization. The thing is if you're two tenths off the fastest guy you line up 30th. It's all relative. It doesn't matter how fast you can run over a lap. I think it's more important how consistent your car is. When you come down here to the race it's all about that -- consistency, how comfortable you are in car. If you can work at that, it'll be interesting, but these new cars there are so many things you need to try, bump rubbers and all that kind of stuff. If you can figure it out better than everybody else you'll have an advantage."

IS THE COT EASIER FOR YOU TO ADAPT TO? "Yes and no. Yes because I haven't driven this car except on small tracks, but no because how many years have I been racing stock cars? I have six months racing in a stock car against 8, 12, 16 years. You've just got to be open minded about it. I think that helps me being open minded about trying stuff and you can't be afraid of trying things here because you might surprise yourself with what works and what doesn't. You've just got to be patient. Testing is hard. You've got to be so open. Sometimes you get completely lost and you need to go back to basics, but that's the only way you're going to make progress."

COMMENT ON RACING AT MARTINSVILLE "It's just racing. On short tracks things like that are going to happen. You hit some guys and some guys hit you. You don't really do it on purpose. The guy went to the inside and braked really early. When I went to brake it was too late and I ran into the back of him and took him out. It wasn't like I did it on purpose. At the same time, even when you're passing back markers they're trying to keep their place and they keep hitting you and you can't really expect anything different at a short track. I think that's what fans like about a short track. It's like bumper cars."

COMMENT ON RACING AT TEXAS "If the car works good you have a chance. The problem here is when you have a chance it's not like it used to be. When your car was fast and you were the fast guy you had about a 90 percent chance of winning. Here you've got about a 50 percent chance because on any given day there are about five cars that can realistically win the race. You've just got to be one of those cars and play it smarter than everybody else out there. Then you have a chance."

-credit: dodge motorports

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