CARL EDWARDS -- No. 60 Scotts Water Smart Ford Fusion -- (qualified 3rd) TALK ABOUT YOUR QUALIFYING RUN. "First of all, congratulations to Colin. That's great for him to put a Ford Fusion on the pole here. Him and Boris Said are my road ...
CARL EDWARDS -- No. 60 Scotts Water Smart Ford Fusion -- (qualified 3rd)
TALK ABOUT YOUR QUALIFYING RUN.
"First of all, congratulations to Colin. That's great for him to put a Ford Fusion on the pole here. Him and Boris Said are my road course coaches and Colin has been helping us out a lot. I was really proud of my guys for having the car as fast as it was. We did not make a run yesterday. I just didn't know how fast we were going to be able to go, but I was very pleased with the lap. I believe this is my best qualifying effort here at Mexico. I'm very proud of my guys and I'm excited to start third. That's going to be great."
MORE ON THE STARTING POSITION.
"It's always good to be in front. That is the mission, to be in front of everyone. This is a long race though. Starting up front is, I think, a big advantage just because how of much can happen here. That's always good. Personally, I've been working on my qualifying a little bit and we've had great efforts this year in both the Sprint Cup Series and the Nationwide, it's been good."
WHAT IMPRESSES YOU SO MUCH ABOUT COLIN BRAUN?
"There's a couple of things that impress me about Colin. Number one, he's a really nice person. I'm very lucky with the teammates that I have and I think Colin is a great addition. And he's just unbelievably fast in a road course car. When we went and tested at VIR, Boris [Said] is the one who has helped so much. Boris and Colin and I tested there and I put down what I thought were some good laps for me. I've been to VIR a few times and he [Braun] went out and race a second faster. And I was embarrassed and upset. I told Boris, 'Man, what's he doing?' And Boris looked at me and said, 'He's the best I've ever seen.' So, I'm leaning on Colin now and he's a guy that I've gone to just lately and he's agreed to help me out with my road course racing. I just think he's unbelievable. I believe he is the guy to beat tomorrow in this race."
HOW DO YOU FEEL IN MEASURING YOURSELF UP AGAINST SOMEBODY LIKE COLIN BRAUN AND SCOTT PRUETT?
"I tell you what, I don't like qualifying third. I want to be on the pole. But I am very aware how good those guys are and it makes me feel really good to be able to put a lap down that's comparable to theirs and be up there, Because I do have a lot of respect for what they've done. I pay attention when we're out here. Guys like Scott Pruett and Carpentier and Boris and Colin and all those guys, they're experts at this. So, I try to learn everything I can from them. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't proud of running that lap. To be that fast today, that was good."
YOU'VE BEEN SAYING THAT COLIN HAS BEEN HELPING YOU WITH YOUR ROAD COURSE STUFF, HAVE YOU BEEN DOING THE SAME WITH OVALS?
"Our deal is, I can lean on him for road courses stuff and he's going to lean on me for the oval stuff. But I haven't seen him race too much on an oval. He might not need any help. I tell you what -- he's one smart kid. Definitely, very smart, very humble and he's going to be very tough to beat. I think he has a really bright future."
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