BUSCH: Mexico City: Jourdain Jr - Ford Friday interview

Michel Jourdain, Jr., a native of Mexico City, will compete in his third Busch Series race at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on Sunday, but this will mark his first start at the 2.518-mile road course in a Roush Fenway Ford. Jourdain, who last...

Michel Jourdain, Jr., a native of Mexico City, will compete in his third Busch Series race at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on Sunday, but this will mark his first start at the 2.518-mile road course in a Roush Fenway Ford. Jourdain, who last started a Busch Series race at Watkins Glen in August of last year, commented on preparations between practice sessions.

MICHEL JOURDAIN, JR.-17-Dish Network Ford Fusion

THIS IS YOUR FIRST TIME RETURNING TO A BUSCH SERIES CAR SINCE LAST AUGUST. HAS IT TAKEN SOME TIME TO GET RE-ACCLIMATED? "Yes. I've been driving the touring car the last couple of months getting ready for that and it's completely different. That car, you have to turn on the brakes to make it turn, and these, if you touch the brakes when you are turning the car just goes straight. It's taking some laps, but I'm happy. I think the car is good. We had to make some little changes to make it turn better because it's pretty tight, but I'm happy."

HOW IS THE TRACK NOW THAT THE CHICANE HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THE COURSE? "It's much better. I like it much better like this. I didn't like the chicane. I thought it just made it bottleneck. To get a good lap time you had to race a lot through there and I didn't enjoy it. When the track was designed, it was not designed like that. I think they designed it for a group on the straightaway and the big braking and all that."

IS THIS YOUR BEST CHANCE FOR SUCCESS BEING TEAMED WITH ROUSH FENWAY RACING? "For sure it's my best chance. Both years I've been pretty competitive and pretty fast, and this car is good and it's a fantastic team. I'm sure we'll have a good few pit stops, good strategy and hopefully it goes well."

WITH THIS BEING THE THIRD YEAR OF THE BUSCH SERIES EVENT HERE, HAVE THE MEXICAN DRIVERS LOST SOME OF THEIR ADVANTAGE? "Probably, but there are a lot of good drivers and they adapt to the track pretty quick. The guys that have been here for three years are the ones that have the advantage.

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
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