KELLY BIRES TO DOUBLE-TEAM MONTREAL IN No. 47 CLOROX FORD MONTREAL -- Kelly Bires isn't afraid to ask for help. That's why he's going to Saturday's NAPA 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve with a lot of questions. The JTG Racing team will be ...
KELLY BIRES TO DOUBLE-TEAM MONTREAL IN No. 47 CLOROX FORD
MONTREAL -- Kelly Bires isn't afraid to ask for help. That's why he's going to Saturday's NAPA 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve with a lot of questions. The JTG Racing team will be working closely with teammate Marcos Ambrose on the 2.71-mile, 14-turn road course. Bires has one career start on road courses in the No. 47 Clorox Ford; Ambrose is a two-time Ford V8 Supercar Series champion from Australia.
"With only one road race under my belt, I definitely have a lot to learn," Bires said. "I feel like I adapted well during my first race at Mexico City. If I can make the same amount of progress at Montreal, I'll feel pretty comfortable.
"Marcos will help me as much as possible, I'm sure. He answered a lot of questions for me at Mexico City. I'm sure I'll be leaning on him a lot in these next two races."
The flow of information will work both ways. Crew chief Scott Zipadelli has a lot of experience with road course setups and he will work closely with Gary Cogswell to get both cars up to speed.
"We have a plan for Kelly that's based strictly on his level of experience," Zipadelli said. "Our plan involves fuel mileage and tire wear. We will be racing the track and not other cars. We need a good finish. We will run our own race, and it's not based on what other teams are doing. "At the same time, I will be concentrating on Marcos' car. I have a lot of road course experience with these cars and I hope to be able to help them during the next two weeks. The advantage of having a team concept is we can help each other."
Success on road courses often relies on a race strategy. The key is to get track position -- with enough fuel and tires -- for the final segment. Bires said if he stays out of trouble, Zipadelli's strategy should put him in position for a good finish.
"This is a pivotal race for the Clorox team," Bires said. "We need a good finish. I'm in the best hands. Between Marcos, Scott and everyone else at JTG Racing, I know we can get out of Montreal in good shape. Then we'll go to Watkins Glen next week with a little more experience."
-credit: JTG Racing