Watkins Glen five fast qualifying quotes

SCCA TRANS-AM FAST FIVE QUALIFYING TOM KENDALL ( ...

SCCA TRANS-AM FAST FIVE QUALIFYING

TOM KENDALL (#11 All Sport Body Quencher Mustang Cobra) -- Fastest qualifier for the Serengeti Eyewear Trans-Am Event -- It feels the best because it's the most recent. It doesn't mean a lot in the grand scheme of things. It means one extra point, which is, every point is nice. Usually the key is where you start in the field, but with the new draw in the Trans-Am, it just means you have a shot at drawing number one if you're first through fifth. It's a nice boost for the crew and it's an indication of where the car is compared to the rest of the field. What are your thoughts on being back here at The Glen and how is the track? This place is a lot of fun. To run a quick lap around here, everything has to be right including your mindset. I love it here at Watkins Glen. I'm staying up on the lake and for whatever reason, I have a huge number of fans up here who I really appreciate. All that stuff makes you enjoy a track, especially when the track is so great. Being so dominant this year, what motivates you and your team? -- It's always just pride. When you go to a track or practice, everyone wants to just be the best one out there. This year, after winning two championships in a row, a lot of people thought I had nothing to prove in Trans-Am and that's about when someone showed me the record book and showed me that we had taken the all-time pole record but all the other all time records where literally within our grasp for this year. Since the end of last year, I've been thinking about this year and getting fired up. That focus has been a big part of it. I think we've been lucky too. I can't say luck hasn't been a part of it. There certainly isn't a lack of motivation on this team. If we hadn't won a race all year, we would be trying to win so we could say we won one. Now, we just want to keep the record going.

PAUL GENTILOZZI (#5 RISO Chevrolet Camaro) -- Second fastest qualifier for the Serengeti Eyewear Trans-Am Event -- It's nice to be second to draw fifth. He was okay. We weren't trying all the hard. Tommy was sandbagging it a little bit. I think he can go faster. Something has to happen to him for someone else to win the race. How is the track? The track is beautiful. It's smoother then ever, no real problems. It's great without all those guys who don't belong here. We had a miss in the ignition and we never got it out. It was unfulfilling because I think we could have gone three or four tenths of a second faster and that would have forced Tommy to go a little faster.

DORSEY SCHROEDER (#12 Raybestos Ford Mustang) -- Third fastest qualifier for the Serengeti Eyewear Trans-Am Event -- The bottom of the Esses is the worst place to catch somebody. If you catch them there, and particularly if they’re fighting for position, that carries you all the way down the straightaway. That negates your speed all the way up the hill. Particularly with the SCCA rule with the guys who don’t run with us all the time, they have a lot bigger motors, their car runs more cubic inches, and they sometimes are faster down the straightaway. So we take time to work around them. The second-worst place to catch them is going into the left-hander, I guess they call it nine. If you catch one of them there, you’re screwed all the way down the pit straightaway going down into one. On this track you have to look close ahead. If you are going full speed ahead, and you come upon A slow car there is no place to go. You are guardrail to guardrail. There’s no place to dodge them. The car ran great. This morning we were way off. We were desperately slow. We were 12.3, but I qualified at almost 11 flat. I’m not sure what was wrong. With the changes we made I had an awesome car in qualifying. That was a better car than we had qualifying and a better car than we had in the race. My chances to win are good if Kendall’s gone. It’s tough to race very week knowing your very best may not be enough. You do your very best every week. Other years this series was incredibly close. Now everybody’s pretty close with the exception of on e car. It’s unquestionably a superior situation. It has every competitor very frustrated, but I do my very best every week. It’s a weird deal. The rest of us are battling for position.

JON GOODING (#16 Mountain Dew Ford Mustang) -- Fourth fastest qualifier for the Serengeti Eyewear Trans-Am Event -- I tell you what, we've had a real good race car. In the first couple of sessions, we were fifth and sixth. We had a real good car. We've made a few changes, changed the gearing and the car's great. If we can draw the right ball I think we got a good race car. It was very smooth. We didn't have any problems. The Roush guys are doing a great. There weren't any problems at all, just a great day. I'd like to draw the number one or number two and the last couple of times I have drawn the ball I drew number two, so I'm hoping to improve on that one slot and start on the front row. I think we'll have a good race car.

MIKE BORKOWSKI (#4 Textron Automotive Ford) - Fifth fastest qualifier for the Serengeti Eyewear Trans-Am Event -- Kendall's got the whole field covered, so if you take him out, then the rest of us are racing. It's pretty tight. There are five or six guys within a couple of tenths (of a second), so I think we're in pretty good shape, but I don't think it's going to be easy to finish second, third, or fourth. I think we could be, but there are about five or six guys that could be. I goofed during qualifying. Again, the times were really close between a handful of guys, and so we were pushing it, and I thought I had a really good lap going, and I just kind of pressed a little too hard in that last corner and spun it. But I don't think anything bad wrecked, so we'll fix it, and we'll be all right." Borkowski set the fifth fastest qualifying time. "I knew where we were, but after Tommy (Kendall) and Paul (Gentilozzi), the next five guys were really close. So I had cooled the tires down, and then I went really hard, and I guess drivers say this all the time so people don't believe them, but it really was a better lap. I was a little faster, and I knew it was going to be a good lap, and I just kept pushing pushing pushing, and I would have been smart just to carry exactly the same speed through that last turn, and it still probably would have been a better lap. But you're not thinking like that, you're just going really hard. I goofed. And we're in the top five, and I don't mean to be negative, but I don't think anybody can touch Tommy. We all draw numbers now, and I could start first or if I draw like I've been drawing, I'll just start fourth or fifth. DORSEY SCHROEDER (#12 Raybestos Ford Mustang) --- The bottom of the Esses is the worst place to catch somebody. If you catch them there, and particularly if they’re fighting for position, that carries you all the way down the straightaway. That negates your speed all the way up the hill. Particularly with the SCCA rule with the guys who don’t run with us all the time, they have a lot bigger motors, their car runs more cubic inches, and they sometimes are faster down the straightaway. So we take time to work around them. The second-worst place to catch them is going into the left-hander, I guess they call it nine. If you catch one of them there, you’re screwed all the way down the pit straightaway going down into one. On this track you have to look close ahead. If you are going full speed ahead, and you come upon A slow car there is no place to go. You are guardrail to guardrail. There’s no place to dodge them. The car ran great. This morning we were way off. We were desperately slow. We were 12.3, but I qualified at almost 11 flat. I’m not sure wha t was wrong. With the changes we made I had an awesome car in qualifying. That was a better car than we had qualifying and a better car than we had in the race. My chances to win are good if Kendall’s gone. It’s tough to race very week knowing your very best may not be enough. You do your very best every week. Other years this series was incredibly close. Now everybody’s pretty close with the exception of one car. It’s unquestionably a superior situation. It has every competitor very frustrated, but I do my very best every week. It’s a weird deal. The rest of us are battling for position.

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