Ford Racing developmental driver Kasey Kahne will make his second appearance in a Toyota Atlantic car this weekend at the Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston. Kahne looks forward to this weekend's race and talks about what his experience at Road...
Ford Racing developmental driver Kasey Kahne will make his second appearance in a Toyota Atlantic car this weekend at the Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston. Kahne looks forward to this weekend's race and talks about what his experience at Road America taught him.
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON YOUR SECOND APPEARANCE IN A TOYOTA ATLANTIC CAR? "I'm really looking forward to this weekend's race. I did some testing last week and it seemed to go pretty well. We made up a lot of ground and I think I learned a lot, so it was good to get back in the car, especially before the race so it's not all new to me."
WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM YOUR EXPERIENCE IN ROAD AMERICA THAT YOU THINK WILL HELP YOU THIS WEEKEND? "I learned a lot, especially because we ran in a lot of different conditions. Every time I was on the track I was learning something new and hopefully some of that will carry over to this weekend's race. Mainly I think it was just getting out on the track, being in the car with all the other guys out there with me and racing against them. The biggest difference for me is having mirrors, which we don't have in sprint cars. It's important to keep checking them and knowing when somebody is there or not, and I think that'll be important for racing on the streets in Houston."
YOU HAVE TO FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE HEADING INTO THIS WEEKEND'S RACE, ESPECIALLY SINCE YOU'VE BEEN IN THE CAR BEFORE? "For sure. I've done a lot of racing where I've raced with other cars, but it's just a little bit different racing against other people in these kinds of cars. The more time I spend in the car racing against other guys the easier everything flows for me. It's just a matter of spending time in the car and turning some laps with other traffic out there with me."
HAVING NEVET RACED ON A STREET CIRCUIT BEFORE, WHAT ARE YOUR EXPECTATIONS HEADING DOWN TO HOUSTON? "Not really. I've watched street races on television and played them on Playstation so I know that they're really tight courses and there's not a lot of room to maneuver. It seems like there's a wall everywhere so there's not a big margin of error, that's for sure. I'm not really sure what it'll be like except that it'll be a lot different from anything I've done before."
DO YOU HAVE ANY GOALS THAT YOU'D LIKE TO ATTAIN IN THIS WEEKEND'S RACE? "I'd really like to work with the guys to get the best possible car that we can. After that, it would be nice to put together a really nice qualifying time, somewhere in the top 10 would be great, and get into the race. Hopefully we'll get in as many laps as we can during the race so I can learn as much as possible."
THIS WEEKEND'S RACE IS THE SECOND OF THREE SCHEDULED ATLANTIC RACES FOR YOU THIS SEASON. WHAT ARE YOU GAUGING YOUR SUCCESS ON? "For it to be successful I think I need to be able to run with the rest of the field and not to be intimidated. I need to be able to be competitive with the rest of the field and show that I can be quick. I want to complete as many laps as I can and learn as much as I can because most of the other guys out there have a lot more experience than I do. I can't really expect to go in there and beat all these other guys because they've been at it for a long time and are pretty good at it, but I'd like to do as many laps as possible, finish the race in a good position and hopefully learn something in the process."