Atlanta II: Montoya - Saturday media visit

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 42 TARGET IMPALA SS, met with members of the media at Atlanta Motor Speedway and discussed in position in the points, racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway and other topics: HOW COMFORTABLE ARE YOU WITH WHERE YOU ARE IN THE ...

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 42 TARGET IMPALA SS, met with members of the media at Atlanta Motor Speedway and discussed in position in the points, racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway and other topics:

HOW COMFORTABLE ARE YOU WITH WHERE YOU ARE IN THE STANDINGS? "To be honest right now, where we are right now is ok. We can't change that we had two flat tires the last two races and it cost us a lot in the race results. It is part of racing. We do everything we can and we still do. Coming here, we think we have a good car. We have to make it to the end and get a good finish and see what happens."

WILL YOU BE CONSERVATIVE THESE NEXT TWO RACES? "It isn't about being conservative, it is about being smart. Everything we have done this year, is making smart choices, when to race, when to get out of the gas, a lot of the give and take and it makes life a lot easier."

IS THE FACT YOU BROUGHT A CAR HERE THAT YOU HAVE HAD A LOT OF SUCCESS GIVE YOU CONFIDENCE? "This car has been to a lot of race. We race it and we don't scratch it and we run well with it, there is no reason not to bring it again."

WHAT ARE YOUR PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS FOR THESE LAST TWO REGULAR SEASON RACES? "I think we are pretty good. The last two weeks, at Michigan we didn't run as well as we wanted but at Bristol I was running second when I had a flat tire. I think we are there. We are very close to getting wins and we are very close of being there every week. So, I don't see any reason why we are going to go out here and run 25th."

WHAT IS THE STRESS LIKE RIGHT NOW WHERE YOU ARE WITH TWO RACES TO GO? "It is pretty easy, I am not really thinking about it. It is what it is. As a team, everybody on our Target Chevy team just needs to keep doing what we have been doing every week and hopefully it is enough. You can't change things; you can't try to make up in two races what you haven't done in 24. I think we have done a good enough job and we are going to keep doing the same thing."

LOOKING AHEAD TO RICHMOND, IS THAT A PLACE YOU LIKE TO RACE? "I don't mind it. The first race this year we had a top-10. I think we have learned a lot for this Richmond race with the shaker rig and testing and stuff, I think our cars have improved a lot so we should run pretty good there."

HAS YOUR PERFORMANCE THIS SEASON SURPASSED YOUR EXPECTATIONS? "Really, this is where we are meant to be running. If I didn't think I could run this well, I wouldn't be here."

WHERE DO YOU NEED TO BE LEAVING ATLANTA TO FEEL SECURE ABOUT BEING IN THE CHASE HEADING IN TO RICHMOND? "Whether it is good or bad, we are still going to Richmond. What it is is what it is. Whether it is secure or not secure, we have got to go to Richmond and do the best we can as well. It is not a matter of we have to win here so we know. If all we a 15th place car here, the make the car finish 15th here and see what you have to do in Richmond. We bring home a fifth place, great. If we bring home 30th, it is 30th, you can't change it."

IF YOU MAKE THE CHASE, DO YOU FEEL LIKE PEOPLE ARE UNDERESTIMATING YOU? "I think people know how fast we are and our average finishes the last few races. It is about getting 10 good races in a row so we will see what happens."

-credit: gm racing

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