Mexico City: Colin Braun - Ford Friday interview

Colin Braun drives the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race this weekend at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City. Braun calls the two-and-a-half mile, eight-turn road course on of his favorite road course tracks. ...

Colin Braun drives the No. 16 3M Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race this weekend at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City. Braun calls the two-and-a-half mile, eight-turn road course on of his favorite road course tracks. Before joining Roush Fenway Racing, Braun had five years of road course racing experience. While racing in the Rolex Grand Am Daytona Prototype Series, Braun earned one pole and two second-place finishes.

Braun posted the third fastest time (89.868 sec., 100.868 mph) in Friday's first practice. He turned a lap time just two-tenths off the pace of the leader, Kyle Busch (89.661 sec., 101.101 mph).

ON RACING AT THE ROAD COURSE IN MEXICO CITY. "I'm really excited to be here. The 3M Ford Fusion Nationwide car is pretty cool. We tested at VIR and it went really well. We had a lot of fun up there. Boris Said and Carl Edwards helped me out quite a bit out there. It was a lot of fun. I know Eddie [Pardue, crew chief] has a good starting set-up here for this weekend, so I think we should have a good car right off the bat."

OUT OF THE FORD DRIVERS, YOU'RE THE ROOKIE IN THE TRUCK SERIES, BUT HERE, YOU COULD BE CONSIDERED A VETERAN. "I think Boris and Carl probably have it figured out more than I do, but certainly I'm trying to help Erik [Darnell] out as much as I can. He did a great job down there at VIR. This should be a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to learning a lot from Carl and Boris and hopefully we're going to have a good run."

DO YOU HAVE A COMFORT LEVEL HERE? "Yeah, I'm very comfortable here. This is one of my favorite road course tracks I think I've raced at back in the sports car days. I really enjoy coming here, it's just a cool place with a lot neat fans and kind of different, so it makes it a lot of fun and really interesting."

WHY IS THIS YOUR FAVORITE ROAD COURSE? "It has such a good flow and good rhythm, you can really get into a good rhythm and just kind of cruise around the race track and be incredibly fast, but feel like you're not going fast at all. That makes it a lot of fun."

WILL BRAKES BE A FACTOR HERE? "I think the guys at PFC have told us that we don't have to worry about the brakes too much. They've done a really good job getting us a good package we tried at VIR; it lasted awhile and really worked well. I think we're going to be in good shape here. I don't think we'll have to conserve much. The Goodyear tires should hold-up pretty well. It's going to come to us saving our car and not getting into lapped track or hitting the curbs too hard. Just saving the car to the end of the race and see what we've got in the last 10 laps."

IS QUALIFYING KEY? "I don't think it is. I watched the race from last year here with my crew chief Eddie and it looks like you can qualify anywhere and still be pretty quick because pit strategy is so different. When you fall into the race, the race pace really comes out. How could of a race car really comes out. I think the guys who have a strong race car will run to the front. Obviously, last year the Ganassi cars were just so fast that nobody could really touch them. They qualified first and third and just kind of ran the whole race that way. I think it comes down to a little bit of qualifying to see how fast you are. But once you fall into the race, you can still pass pretty easily here. There's such a big difference in the cars and drivers' abilities and stuff like that, that it should be easy to pass."

IS THE TRACK WIDE ENOUGH TO PASS? "Oh, yeah, for sure. There are two or three really good passing opportunities places that we've talked about. I'm looking forward to trying some of those out."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Boris Said , Colin Braun , Carl Edwards , Kyle Busch
Teams Roush Fenway Racing