TOYOTA TALK: Canadians in Camrys at Montreal Ambrose Attempts Sweep of NNS Road Course Races NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: Toyota Camry drivers have recorded 10 wins (Busch -- California, Texas, Richmond, Nashville-2, New Hampshire and St. Louis;...
Canadians in Camrys at Montreal
Ambrose Attempts Sweep of NNS Road Course Races
NEWS, NOTES & NUMBERS: Toyota Camry drivers have recorded 10 wins (Busch -- California, Texas, Richmond, Nashville-2, New Hampshire and St. Louis; Logano -- Nashville-1, Kentucky, Chicagoland; and Ambrose -- Watkins Glen), 43 top-fives and 83 top-10 finishes through 24 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races this season ... Busch leads the NNS point standings by 248 points over second-place Carl Edwards ... Three Canadians, Jacques Villeneuve (Montreal), Patrick Carpentier (Ville LaSalle) and Andrew Ranger (Roxton Pond), will be behind the wheel of Camrys at Montreal this weekend ... The Toyota teams will display a decal commemorating 20 million vehicles made in North America during this weekend in Montreal ... Two of the 14 North American Toyota manufacturing facilities are located in Canada (Cambridge and Woodstock, Ontario).
JACQUES VILLENEUVE, No. 32 Dollar General Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Are you excited to be racing in the Montreal NASCAR event? "I am very happy to return to Montreal with Braun Racing. I had an excellent experience last year and greatly appreciate the trust they have in me to have me back. The team prepares great cars and I am confident and excited that the No. 32 Braun Racing Camry will be very strong again this year. We had the opportunity to test for two days at Carolina Motorsports Park. I was also able to spend some time with the team in the race shop before returning home. I feel this time together will lend us an advantage at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve."
PATRICK CARPENTIER, No. 99 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
As a Canadian native, what does it mean to compete in the Montreal NASCAR Nationwide race? "It's always fun. We seem to run well there, so hopefully we do the same thing this year. We tested with Jerry Baxter (crew chief) and the team, so we think we're ready. We're looking forward to it and there's going to be a few Sprint Cup guys coming over early because they don't have a race that weekend so that should be fun. It's been raining there every day for the last month, so hopefully we get a little bit of a break and it gets cleared up."
Who will be some of the drivers challenging for the win this weekend? "Some of the Canadian guys and some of the Nationwide guys. Ron Fellows won it last year and is going to be there also. Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch will be coming over, too. It's going to be interesting."
MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Armor All Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing
How big would it be for you to win in Montreal and sweep the NNS road course races this year? "I am really excited to go to Montreal. We've got a great program for it and learned a lot from Watkins Glen that will hopefully work well for us. Montreal is less about handling and more about horsepower and brakes. We've done a lot of hard work to be ready for that on both of those issues. Our brake package was as good as anybody's at Watkins Glen. We're working on our horsepower and we feel like we have a great car and it's a good chance for victory."
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
What are your impressions of the Montreal track having never raced there before? "I watched the race closely the last couple of years and know there are some long straight-aways and some tight, hairpin-type corners. For sure, it's going to be a tricky place for me to get used to and understand it. Hopefully I can go to guys like Ron Fellows, Patrick Carpentier and Jacques Villeneuve, and try to get some help about how to get around the place a little bit better."
Will your schedule allow you to enjoy some time in Montreal this weekend? "I love racing all the time. Being inside a race car is where my home is. But, to go up there and try to run well and to have my sole focus on this one event while I'm there will be nice. It looks like it's a great atmosphere. The fans are awesome, from what I hear. There's great city life in Montreal, so I'm looking forward to maybe enjoying some of that. I got a quick taste of it when I did some media there before Watkins Glen, so the race weekend will be my first real experience in Canada."
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