Watkins Glen: Winning team interview

MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Kwik Fill/Red Apple/Zippo Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing Finishing Position: 1st What does this win mean to you? "It's just a huge win for us. Frank Kerr (crew chief) has been so good to my career and I have to thank...

MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Kwik Fill/Red Apple/Zippo Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing
Finishing Position: 1st

What does this win mean to you?

"It's just a huge win for us. Frank Kerr (crew chief) has been so good to my career and I have to thank him so much for every opportunity he gets me to victory lane. Scott Zipadelli helped too this weekend, he's had a tough chart but he's awesome too. What a great day for our guys. I'm saying goodbye to JTG Daugherty Racing at the end of the year and it's just nice to get some wins for them. I'm hoping I can do it in the Cup Series tomorrow but this feels really sweet."

How did you pass Kyle Busch on lap 40?

"He's hard to pass and whenever you're going to do it you've got to do it in style. I couldn't pass him (Kyle Busch) on straight-line speed. He just had too much top end on us so I just waited for some lapped traffic to try to get around him and get some momentum on him and just out-foxed him there coming across the top of the hill. If I had to try to do that 100 times again I probably wouldn't do it because it was just one of those moments that just came together. He got boxed on the outside. The lapped car didn't quite know where to go and baulked his run and I just took advantage. It was pretty awesome. I passed him last year and I'm sure he's no more pleased this year."

Why have you been so successful at Watkins Glen?

"I've got no idea -- just growing up road racing, especially these heavy cars. I seem to feel comfortable with them sliding around on these road courses. Just got a great crew, a great setup and we managed to make the most of it. This win, this year was probably our most dominate and I'm just really proud. We've been through a tough patch here at JTG (Daugherty). It hasn't been the year that we all wanted. I'm just glad to get into victory lane to make it feel right."

How do you translate this win into another win in tomorrow's Cup race?

"We have learned some definitely. We had a great handling race car today. We took on the very best teams and we dominated and we've got a good understanding of what we need to do. Converting that to a Cup car is a little more tricky with the way that the bump stops work and so forth. We'll be thinking tonight about what we need for tomorrow. We didn't quite qualify where we wanted to in the Cup Series car. Right now, I'm just going to enjoy the moment and enjoy today. It's been a great rollercoaster ride for us. It's the most satisfying win I've ever had. It's just a great day for us."

Why was this the most satisfying victory for you?

"We've been through so much together. The last few weeks have been really challenging for us. My future is not certain in NASCAR and just to come out like we did today with the passion, even though we've been through a lot of trials and tribulations this year. It just feels really satisfying. I feel good for everybody on this table and that I was able to get them back to victory lane. We've got a job to do tomorrow to try and get them there in the Cup Series. It's just really satisfying to think that we've come this far and we can leave as good friends at the end of this season and as winners. That's what is so important. I've won championships and I felt good winning championships, but today for me just feels like it's right. It's the most perfect day I've ever had."

FRANK KERR, crew chief, No. 47 Kwik Fill/Red Apple/Zippo Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing

How special is this win for you?

"We really needed this. Like Marcos (Ambrose) said, we've had a tough year. We have a great team and we just come to the race track that's probably his best race track and we had a good car and worked on it pretty hard and made some changes the other day to give him what he wanted. Now we'll go out and do it tomorrow I hope."

Did Marcos Ambrose make you nervous at all during today's race?

"We had a little motor mount or something going wrong. The shifter was moving around there, I'm not sure what was going on there. We had a great car all weekend from when we unloaded and put a lot of effort in it. Marcos Ambrose did a heck of a job today."

TAD GESCHICKTER, co-owner, JTG-Daugherty Racing

How special is this win for you?

"This one is special. Marcos (Ambrose) and Jodi and Brad (Daugherty) started this journey a few years ago and I guess everyone knows by now that the ride is going to end here in November. He's (Marcos Ambrose) has become a great friend. I believe he's one of the greatest race car drivers out there. It's just fun to win together and go off on a good note. Thank you Marcos. Thank you Quik Fill and Zippo. Thank you TRD (Toyota Racing Development) -- great power, great car. It was just a great day so it felt good."

BRAD DAUGHERTY, co-owner, JTG-Daugherty Racing

How special is this win for you?

"It really is. This race team has really worked extremely hard this year. We haven't had the results that we want, because we always want to be in victory lane every weekend. I'm really proud of Marcos (Ambrose) and Frankie (Kerr, crew chief) and our whole team. Guys have really put in a lot of effort and time and a lot of sweat, a little bit of blood and a little bit of tears to getting here and it makes it that much sweeter. We're really thankful though to Zippo and TRD (Toyota Racing Development). Great race cars that they've been giving us -- great power so we're really blessed. Like Tad (Geschickter) says, the ride is going to come to an end and our relationship racing-wise is going to end here very soon. Marcos is a friend and we're very, very proud to have him drive our race car. He's done a great job for us and we look forward to maybe getting another one tomorrow."

-source: toyota motorsposts

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Marcos Ambrose , Kyle Busch
Teams JTG Daugherty Racing , Toyota Racing