Fontana: Montoya post-qualifying interview

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger) -- 9th fastest -- Top Rookie "I think it went pretty good. It's hard to say what's good or bad. I think it was a pretty decent qualifying effort. We had a really clean lap. I didn't ...

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Charger) -- 9th fastest -- Top Rookie

"I think it went pretty good. It's hard to say what's good or bad. I think it was a pretty decent qualifying effort. We had a really clean lap. I didn't overdrive the car, and I made sure I got out of the corners good. To be ninth here is pretty good. It's a tough track. It's a lot harder than I thought it would be.

"I think it will be horribly hard. It's going to be tough. It's a tough race. I was watching the race from last year. I think you've got to have really good balanced cars. It seems the cars get really tight and there's a lot of drop off. It'll be really good experience. Our goal for the first five races is to make sure we bring the car home in the top 20. If we can do that, after five races we can really go for the championship and you won't have to worry about qualifying.

"That was a good lap. The car is awesome. The guys on the Texaco/Havoline Dodge have done an excellent job. Maybe there was a little bit more in it, but I don't know how much more. Jeff Gordon's lap was as well, but it's great to see our team doing well. I told Chip I could probably run a flat and I did. With the experience I have that's pretty good. It was a clean lap. I've raced here before in open wheel, but it's very different in these cars. There's a lot of hard work in these cars. This is probably the hardest track for me so far. It'll be a tough race Sunday. I think the guys that have raced here before have a big advantage over me. Hopefully we can improve the car as the race goes on."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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