MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing Starting Position: 12th Are you looking forward to Sunday's race? "I look forward to it. It's obviously a very different track from what we race every week. It's a lot...
MARTIN TRUEX JR., No. 56 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip
Starting Position: 12th
Are you looking forward to Sunday's race? "I look forward to it. It's obviously a very different track from what we race every week. It's a lot of fun to come here. We had a good practice yesterday with our NAPA Toyota. We had a good early draw here. We didn't quite take advantage of it like we would like to, but we were pretty good yesterday. We will work hard on it today. I really enjoy racing here. It's a big challenge, but a lot of fun."
How good is your car here? "You're never perfect here. The four corners are all a little bit different, it seems, and it's hard to hit them all right. It's hard to get your car the same in all of them. We fought one issue at one end of the track and another on the other end. I'm not sure you can ever be perfectly happy. We weren't very happy with our lap and we picked up almost a second from practice. It's a big pick up. You have to go out there willing to drive it harder than you did yesterday in practice and hope that it's enough. It's a delicate balance to go out there and not overdrive it but drive it hard enough. It's a difficult qualifying session."
DENNY HAMLIN, No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 18th
How hard did you have to work during your qualifying lap? "Quite a bit, especially with our draw. All three (Joe) Gibbs (Racing) cars had to qualify 31, 32 and 33 -- it's tough. The track was hot and we struggled. We didn't have the fastest car when it came to qualifying anyway. We're still fairly happy that run -- to put it inside the top-20. That time was good for us. I tell you, we have a new car here and it's extremely fast in race trim."
Is there any crossover between Pocono and Indianapolis? "The similarity is like it is in turn three at Pocono. It's a flat, sweeping, fast corner, but it's like that all the way around this race track. So, if you're good in turn three in Pocono, more than likely you can drive this track pretty well. We see it that in the guys with the most experience here obviously run real well here."
How hard will it be to pass during the race? "I think once the track gets really slick during race conditions and all the cars get out there -- it should be easier to pass. In years past, when guys have struggled, we seem to be one of the cars that have been able to move forward. I'm not too worried about that qualifying spot. It could have been a lot worse."
How intimidating is the first turn? "It's the toughest because it's almost a blind corner. You really don't see it until you're a second from entering the corner. So, it's very tough to hit your marks there and obviously on restarts, it's a very hairy corner because you have to fit two cars in a one lane groove race track."
ROBBY GORDON, No. 7 Speed Factory Toyota Camry, Robby Gordon Motorsports Starting Position: 21st
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 M&M's Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 23rd
What do you need to do to get your car better? "The driver's got to find speed. I don't know what it was. The car drove awesome in qualifying -- it just didn't go anywhere."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael
Starting Position: 29th
How is your car handling? "We were better than that in practice, but in general we've still been off. I don't know where it's at. If you go back to Chicago, the feel of the car to me felt really similar to when we were running top-10s the beginning of the year and running really well. We just don't have any speed. Not really sure where it's coming from."
How is your car handling? "It's really tough at the moment because everyone is searching for something. It's a really tough atmosphere.
Is it more difficult without Brian Vickers as a teammate? "That's certainly not helping things. There's no question there. In general, even before that it was still a struggle."
What would like to see happen the rest of the year? "I hope we get our stuff figured out because it sucks running like we are right now. I much more enjoyed the beginning of the year. It's not just myself, it's the whole team. Everyone is really frustrated at where the speed has gone. To go to Chicago and run like we did -- on top of everything else -- it's like we know we have a good package there, we know it's super solid and we just can't make it work. It just doesn't have the speed."
JOE NEMECHEK, No. 87 Toyota Camry, NEMCO Motorsports
Starting Position: 33rd
JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Starting Position: 34th
How was your qualifying run? "We were just real loose. We never really made a mock (qualifying) run yesterday. It's hard to say what the car was going to do. We tightened it up, and it was still loose. I feel like I lost a ton of time in (turns) one and two -- I'm not sure, but I feel like I did. It doesn't really matter where we qualify right now."
MAX PAPIS, No. 13 GEICO Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
Starting Position: 35th
What are your thoughts about making Sunday's race? "I am really proud of getting the GEICO Toyota in the All State race. It's just great. I feel that it's a really, really special opportunity for me. I'm really proud of everything. We were solid like a rock with these guys. It's not easy to go out there and being outside the top-35 knowing if you make a small mistake, you're going to go home. I drove the car exactly like I did in practice, but the track allowed you to go a little harder. We came here with one goal in mind -- making the race -- and we did it. Now you're going to see the true colors of the GEICO Toyota come race time. I'm excited because that thing is fast."
Where does this rank among your accomplishments? "We did the Daytona 500, the Brickyard 400 and it's a great accomplish for me and my family. Thanks to everyone at Germain Racing. Thanks to all the guys at the shop. You guys are awesome. For me, I get goose bumps every time I go under Gasoline Alley. I know what it means for me, and I'm sure it means the same for everyone at the shop. Watch out for the 13 car, we're going to be a rocket ship in the race."
MICHAEL MCDOWELL, No. 55 Toyota Camry, PRISM Motorsports
Starting Position: 37th
TODD BODINE, No. 64 Toyota Camry, Gunselman Motorsports
Starting Position: 39th
DAVE BLANEY, No. 66 Toyota Camry, PRISM Motorsports
Starting Position: 40th
MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Kroger/Clorox Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing
Starting Position: 41st
What happened when you brushed the wall during qualifying? "We actually got away with one right there. We pushed up against the fence into (turn) one and saved the car. So, I'm pleased about that. We qualified 11th here last year. I was trying to lay a lap down. We threw a setup at it last night. We really didn't know what we were going to have today. Just didn't quite work out."
JACQUES VILLENEUVE, No. 32 Dollar General Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Starting Position: 43rd
What are your feelings making Sunday's race? "It's very exciting. It was very stressful because we didn't get a lot of laps. It was the first time the team has come here and it was a new car. And I hadn't been in a Cup car in over two years. It was a little bit stressful, but it turned out fine."
What did you work on before qualifying to make the race? "We found the missing speed. The car was a little bit nervous, but it was quick enough to get in the show. Now, we have practice to actually work on the setup, which we didn't actually get time to do yesterday."
-source: toyota motorsports