DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Starting Position: 5th How much did the track change with the warmer temperatures? "It's definitely gotten warmer. The car actually didn't feel as good - when...
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Starting Position: 5th
How much did the track change with the warmer temperatures? "It's definitely gotten warmer. The car actually didn't feel as good - when they told me what we ran, I had to ask them again to make sure that I heard them right. It didn't feel as good as it showed up on the board. Those guys did a really good job. If you're comparing yesterday's run to today's run - it felt a whole lot better, but it didn't feel as good as it shows on the board."
Were you surprised with your qualifying lap? "Hats off to everybody at Michael Waltrip Racing and everybody over here that works on the old Aaron's Dream Machine - also to Toyota and Toyota Racing Development - there are long, long straightaways at this place and you have to have some pretty good horsepower to get down them. That was a bit of a surprise. We weren't really sure how good we were going to be. My guys did a great job, as always and got us a great lap."
What will you work on in the final practice session? "The first practice that we were here in race trim, we didn't feel like we were as good as we needed to be. It was right toward the end of the first practice we got better and we are probably going to start in that area right there and try to work on it. We were good through to the corners, it was just from the center off the corner it was a bit tight so we need to work on that."
Did you ever think you would be in a position like this in your career? "In the beginning especially with a very young organization, you wonder if you're ever going to get in a position to run well. Certainly, with all the work that everyone at Michael Waltrip Racing, Aaron's and everybody at Toyota Racing Development - things are starting to get better and it's starting to be a lot more fun."
How often do you pinch yourself to see if you are dreaming? "Yeah, on a pretty regular basis because stuff like this doesn't happen to guys like me."
What were you pleased with in your qualifying run? "If we end up in the top-five, I think we should be pleased with that -- but not satisfied, I guess, I was really happy with the car. Unfortunately, we just didn't get to go out when we needed to. The track was 14 degrees hotter when we went out versus when Mark (Martin) went out. If I'd been able to go out at the same time (as Mark Martin), we'd have had a shot at it. That's just the way it goes."
How are the track conditions and the tires? "The track has lost a lot of grip, so a lot of people have been fighting lo ose conditions. Which we saw from the tests -- when the track temps went up, that's what happened. I think the tires are still really good tires. I'll be the first to be honest with ourselves and the fans when we have a bad tire. But, I'll also be the first to commend Goodyear when they bring a good tire. I'll give them full credit. They put more resources behind a tire for this track than I've ever seen them do behind anything before. It paid off. They brought a great tire."
MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Little Debbie/Kingsford/Clorox Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing
Starting Position: 11th
How strong was your qualifying lap? "We picked up about half a second from our qualifying lap last year so we're getting better as a crew. This is our anniversary or our first birthday together. I just have to thank my team, JTG-Daugherty and Michael Waltrip Racing for giving me such a great start. This is such a big weight off our shoulders to be safe in the points and now we just have to start the race and look forward to doing well. We look forward to getting the most out of myself and the car."
What is it like to get to race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway? "It's a lot better when I don't have to qualify it in. It's a real thrill and one of the special places that we go to. I've watched a lot of races here at Indy and never thought for one second that I would get a chance to run around here, especially over 200 miles-per-hour. I thought I might be able to do a bus ride around here, but not a racing lap. It's just a real thrill. I've come a long way in my career and my life. When you can come to a place like this that is so famous with so much heritage at this level of competition, you know you've done something. I'm really proud just to be here and compete with everybody."
Has this been a 'dream season' for you? "Not a dream - it's been a lot of hard work to get to this point and nothing is for free in life. We've been working extremely hard to be ready for our moment to shine. When I got the opportunity, that is what I asked for was to be given an opportunity here at a good enough level to really show what I could do or what I couldn't do. It's working out for me so far this year, I'm really excited about it. I'm looking forward to the future and I feel like we have a lot of good stuff rolling here with our company and our group and we're just going to get better and better."
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 14th
How did your car handle during qualifying? "We picked up a little bit of time with our FedEx Toyota Camry, but not what we were looking for by any means. We needed a good few tenths right there to be somewhere in the top-10. We're just going to keep working with our FedEx Office Camry and get better. The wheel balance was just a little bit tight, so maybe they can do a couple adjustments to help that."
How were the track conditions during qualifying? "They were pretty similar to what it was yesterday. With every run in practice we can improve upon that then you'll be pretty good. I think we needed another three or four tenths to be solidly in the top-10. Our FedEx Camry is pretty good. We're pretty confident we can work our way forward"
What did you and Joey Logano talk about before his qualifying run? "I just told him the track is pretty similar to what it was yesterday. The grip level is about the same."
JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 18th
How was your qualifying lap? "I was kind of loose turning down in there and then tight back on throttle then snaps back the other way. It's kind of a weird deal. We'll head to practice and keep working on it."
How does it feel to be the youngest starter ever for the Brickyard 400? "I didn't know I was the youngest starter until two seconds ago - that's kind of cool. I would much rather be the youngest winner so we'll aim for that."
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Snickers Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 20th
Was your race car what you expected? "It wasn't bad. The car didn't drive very bad. It just didn't quite have the speed we needed there. Unfortunately, the Snickers Camry will have to come from further back than what we like, but that's the part of Indy -- not being able to get an early draw just seems to hinder the rest of the guys. For us, we should have been better than that. The 42 (Juan Pablo Montoya) is a spectacular car. The 5 (Mark Martin) is as well. Those guys show it. There on each side of us in the garage area and they are the one's on the front row right now."
Do you have a car capable of winning the race? "It seems like yesterday we fought balance. We would be loose. We would be tight. But, whenever you go either which way - we never pick up speed. It doesn't matter what we do, we just don't ever get any faster for some reason. Hopefully, Steve (Addington, crew chief) has some things cooked up his sleeves that we can throw at this thing later today, and see if we can't make it to where we need it."
MICHAEL WALTRIP, No. 55 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Starting Position: 23rd
How was your qualifying run? "Just disappointing. Got off turn two and got high and had to let off. It's all about momentum and I lost mine. So, the other corners were pretty decent. So, I think I just overshot the entry a little bit and got up higher than I needed to -- so the driver didn't do as good as he should have. And when you mess up off (turn) two -- you just anguish through it all the way down the back straightaway and that's what happened."
How was your qualifying lap? "I went into (turn) one and didn't quite get to the bottom and then the rest of the lap I just knew that I needed to put this thing in the show. We haven't had a fast car all weekend, but I'm sure we'll be all right for the race. Luckily, we get another practice in this afternoon. Without too many laps on this track, it's certainly a track with a lot of tricks to it. The more laps I'm getting around here, the more I am learning."
What is it like for you to come back to Indianapolis Motor Speedway and race the oval? "It's totally weird, not only on the race track, but also - this is always my Little America. Every time I would come back to America, it would always be here when I was racing in Formula 1 so now that I have been here and living here for the last couple of years, everything seems a lot different when you come back here for a race. It's got a lot of weird little idiosyncrasies to it, but so far it's been great."
JOE NEMECHEK, No. 87 Toyota Camry, NEMCO Motorsports
Starting Position: 30th
ROBBY GORDON, No. 7 Johns Manville Toyota Camry, Robby Gordon Motorsports
Starting Position: 32nd
How was your qualifying lap? "We messed up. We knew we were going to go faster and we killed the front splitter. We hit the ground really hard in turn two and it went straight. It's unfortunate -- we were very fast yesterday during practice. Its a little deficit starting back there, but we have a good race team and we'll fight hard and get our way back close to the front on race day."
DAVE BLANEY, No. 66 Prism Motorsports Toyota Camry, Prism Motorsports
Starting Position: 34th
MIKE SKINNER, No. 36 Toyota Camry, Tommy Baldwin Racing
Starting Position: 39th
TERRY LABONTE, No. 08 Carter Simo Racing Toyota Camry, Carter Simo Racing
Starting Position: 43rd
MAX PAPIS, No. 13 GEICO Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
Starting Position: DNQ
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