Watkins Glen: McMurray - post-qualifying interview

JAMIE MCMURRAY, NO. 1 MCDONALD'S CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 2ND: ON TOMORROW'S RACE: "It was a really good lap for us. We were eighth in practice and I actually went over and drew the qualifying ball this weekend. Everyone was harassing me...

JAMIE MCMURRAY, NO. 1 MCDONALD'S CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 2ND:

ON TOMORROW'S RACE:

"It was a really good lap for us. We were eighth in practice and I actually went over and drew the qualifying ball this weekend. Everyone was harassing me because it was so late. It seemed to work out for us. I don't think the track slowed down as much as normal. The track temp was definitely a little bit hotter when we went out than some of the guys earlier did. After seeing Carl's (Edwards) lap and how fast he was able to go, I knew the track had pretty good grip in it. Honestly, I thought I had a pole-setting lap until the last two turns. I felt like I got through the first part of the race track really, really well and had a little bit of brake fade coming back towards the pits and six and seven -- maybe gave up a little there. I thought it was a really good lap."

DID YOU WORK WITH JUAN PABLO MONTOYA TO GET YOUR CARS SIMILAR?:

"Honestly I don't know what they have in their car. We went and tested Road Atlanta last week after the Brickyard and changed a little bit of our brake package from what we ran at Sonoma and I think what Juan (Pablo Montoya) has and changed a few suspension parts. I'm pretty sure that our cars are not identical, but the team has done a really good job since Sonoma at getting our road course cars better. We didn't feel like, as a group, we had very good cars at Sonoma. They changed the front end and moved some stuff around and I think, obviously, us qualifying second and third here shows that they've made our cars quite a bit better than what we had in June."

HOW DO YOU HAVE A SOLID POINTS DAY TOMORROW?:

"I don't really care about having a solid points day. It just is what it is. I think for us it's about just having the right pit strategy. I don't think you're going to see people put tires on late in the race and make much ground up. It's going to be about having good fuel mileage, which we felt like we did in practice, in the first practice and then just having that track position. I think if you can be in the first four or six, you will be in good shape in turn one, through the esses and all that. It seems like when you're back, 10th or 12th, is where all the stuff happens. Starting up front will be important and I think that Bono (Kevin Manion, crew chief) does as good of a job as any crew chief at having a plan and sticking to that plan. I think that the way our fuel mileage worked out will be fine for our strategy for tomorrow."

WHAT MADE THE DIFFERENCE FOR YOU TO START UP FRONT?:

"We're just having a really good year. It seems like when everything is going your way, it all goes well. This has actually been a pretty good track for me. I ran third here a few years ago and really had a shot to win towards the end of the race. Just really good cars, engines and our team is just working really well together right now. Really happy with everything."

-source: gm racing

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