Darlington: Toyota teams quotes

BRIAN VICKERS, No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Team Red Bull: Starting position: 15th How does the COT compare to the other car here at Darlington? "These cars are a little more difficult to get around here than we've seen in the past -- the...

BRIAN VICKERS, No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Team Red Bull: Starting position: 15th

How does the COT compare to the other car here at Darlington? "These cars are a little more difficult to get around here than we've seen in the past -- the setups are tougher, too. You can't run what you really need to get around here, so I think that's why you've seen so many guys hit the wall. It's nice to see four Toyotas in the field, so now we'll just have to work on our race stuff and do the best we can."

How big is it for both Red Bull cars to make the race here in Darlington? "AJ (Allmendinger) has been faster and faster as the weeks have gone on, and I'm glad to see that both of us made the race. I think it's the first time since Bristol we both made the show. Practice tonight is going to be very telling on where we are, and what kind of car we have. Hopefully, our race stuff is pretty good and we can come out of here with a good finish tomorrow."

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AJ ALLMENDINGER, No. 84 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Team Red Bull: Starting position: 20th

Can you talk about your qualifying lap? "I can't even speak after that qualifying lap -- I'm still shaking and this place is just wicked. Who designed this place? How many laps do I have to do tomorrow night? I just have to thank everybody on this Red Bull team and all the guys back at the shop. It's a great group of guys back at the shop getting these cars prepared. We've all worked so hard to get to this point and we just keep improving -- everyone involved is improving, from our whole team to Toyota. I'm just so happy to be in this race and so happy that lap is over."

How were you able to go that fast at Darlington your first time here? "It helps when you close your eyes and hold your breath. I just don't know what to say about this track, I'm just so happy to be in the race. We still have a lot of work to do, but the only way we're going to get better is if we make races and run well."

How would you compare Darlington to anything else you've every done or could imagine? "It's like jumping off a cliff. That's about what you feel like when you drive it off into turn one, it's sliding and they're telling you to get back into the throttle and I'm thinking there is no way I'm getting back into the throttle. Then I sat and watched everybody run into the wall while I was sitting in my car waiting to qualify -- that probably wasn't helping me much either. This is crazy and such a crazy place to have to qualify like this, but we're in the show and that's all that matters."

DAVE BLANEY, No. 22 Caterpillar Toyota Camry, Bill Davis Racing: Starting position: 27th

Can you talk about your qualifying lap? "We picked up a couple tenths from our practice laps and the car was really good on our qualifying lap. I was afraid that I might have been a little too conservative on those laps because we're so concerned with just getting into these races. I was maybe a little too easy in turns three and four, but it was good enough to get in the race and that's what we're focused on right now. I don't think the heat really changed the track too much from where it was in practice, everybody was running laps close to where they were earlier. We just need to work on getting a good finish tomorrow night and hopefully work our way into the top-35 in points to get rid of some of this stress."

-credit: toyota motorsports

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