Kelly Bires, driver of the No. 47 Clorox Ford Fusion, makes his road course debut this weekend at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City. Currently 10th in NASCAR Nationwide points, Bires is eager to tackle the two-and-a-half mile road ...
Kelly Bires, driver of the No. 47 Clorox Ford Fusion, makes his road course debut this weekend at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City. Currently 10th in NASCAR Nationwide points, Bires is eager to tackle the two-and-a-half mile road course.
YOU'VE WATCHED BOTH THE MEXICO CITY AND MONTREAL RACES AND TESTED ON A ROAD COURSE, NOW IS YOUR CHANCE TO RACE. CAN ANY OF THE WATCHING AND TESTING TRANSLATE TO THE TRACK? "You can see the strategy of the race and how it's played out and stuff like that. The VIR test is going to help me the most. Just getting sometime on the track. We're going to use all the practice up we can get. That's going to be the biggest advantage for me, it's not going to come from watching races, its just going to get out there an experience it for myself, get in my rhythm, figure out where I need to downshift and upshift and conserve my brakes and conserve my gear box and everything else."
DID YOU WALK THE TRACK? "We got a chance to go out there for a ride today. It wasn't as long as we wanted, we made one lap and he showed me my lifting points and braking points and stuff like that. I got a little bit of an idea, but again, once I get out there and what I feel comfortable about doing. The first practice will just be getting to learn the track and the second practice will probably be getting up to speed and then we should be good to go from there."
WHAT ARE YOUR FEELINGS NOW? ARE YOU NERVOUS? ANXIOUS? EXCITED? "I'm actually anxious, really. We went to Virginia there at VIR and I had a blast driving on road courses. They're fun. The little bit that I've done it so far, I'm looking forward to something different than the typical mile-and-a-half or oval that you race every weekend. It's pretty neat. It's a challenge for me. It's going to be a huge challenge to go out there and run competitively. I think we have a pretty good car and we should good to do it."
HOW ARE SPOTTERS GOING TO COME INTO PLAY HERE? "I've got to figure that out. I know we'll probably have three spotters placed a different parts of the race track. All that stuff is going to take a little bit getting used to or where they're at and whose talking to me and stuff. The first practice is going to be a big learning curve for me. Just getting used to, not only the spotter, but the car, the race track, my downshifting, and my braking points -- everything. It's going to be quite a bit that I've got to learn in a short period of time. It's going to be a challenge, but I think we're up for it."
YOU'LL RELY ON YOUR ABILITY IN THE AREAS WHERE YOU DON'T HAVE A SPOTTER. "Yeah, anymore at this level in the game, you've got to be aware of what surrounds you. You're looking in your mirrors quite a bit anymore, so you pretty much know if there is a car there anyway. That's no different. If you have good car control and are aware of what's around you, you'll be fine."
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