Hitachi Power Tools driver Travis Kvapil on Watkins Glen: "This is our second road course event of the season and I've only had the opportunity to race at Watkins Glen once before. Watkins Glen is quite a bit different from racing at Sonoma ...
Hitachi Power Tools driver Travis Kvapil on Watkins Glen:
"This is our second road course event of the season and I've only had the opportunity to race at Watkins Glen once before. Watkins Glen is quite a bit different from racing at Sonoma because the Glen has more high speed corners and we never get down to first gear. Because of that, the pace of racing at the Glen is a lot faster. Racing at Sonoma is a bit slower pace and very technical where you strive to hit your marks and gain a rhythm. I'm looking forward to this weekend since I haven't been to Watkins Glen since 2005. I've had a few opportunities to practice my road racing skills over the past few weeks which allowed me to familiarize myself with the left and right turns again. Practice time on track will be important this weekend, but I think it should be a great weekend for our Hitachi Power Tools team."
Hitachi Power Tools crew chief Todd Parrott on Watkins Glen:
"We're bringing our car from Sonoma to Watkins Glen for this weekend and I'm very confident that we'll have a great finish with our Hitachi Power Tools Ford. Travis (Kvapil) performed well at Sonoma in June and since that race he's had the opportunity to go to Road Atlanta and Watkins Glen for some open track times in order to practice his road course driving skills. The keys to successful races at a track like Watkins Glen are to practice where all the turns are, get a rhythm, and to keep the car on the course all day long. If we can accomplish all that, we'll have a fantastic weekend."
Chassis #492 is the chassis the No. 28 Hitachi Power Tools Racing team will be running this weekend at Watkins Glen International. This is the same chassis the team last ran at Infineon Raceway for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 in June and finished 22nd.