BRIAN VICKERS, NO. 25 GMAC CHEVROLET (Qualified 2nd) DID YOU THINK YOU HAD A CHANCE TO TOP KASEY KAHNE? "It was a good qualifying run. The whole team did a good job. The test went well. The practice went well. We had the pole up until turn ...
BRIAN VICKERS, NO. 25 GMAC CHEVROLET (Qualified 2nd)
DID YOU THINK YOU HAD A CHANCE TO TOP KASEY KAHNE?
"It was a good qualifying run. The whole team did a good job. The test went well. The practice went well. We had the pole up until turn three. I felt like we had the pole across the line. The car got loose off of turn three. I didn't lift. I stayed in it. The sun was out a little bit when we were out. So there was a lot of factors there. It's a great starting spot for us and we'll do the best we can. I felt even better about our race runs here testing that I did qualifying."
ON TESTING HERE:
"It seemed to go pretty good. We did one day up here. I like the race track. It's a lot of fun for me. Probably my favorite track on the circuit is Darlington. This is definitely at the top of the list now. I like going to a large variety of tracks and anything with a challenge. This place definitely has that. This track is very distinct. All the corners are distinct and very different. It takes a lot to get through all them."
ON BEING A ROOKIE STARTING ON FRONT ROW:
"I learn something different at every race. Every lap I made I learned something new. I don't think that ever stops. I don't think it has anything to do with being a rookie in the Nextel Cup series. It has to do with the way you approach it like I do every day. I've learned my whole life and I'll probably continue to learn. I hear Jeff (Gordon) say he learns stuff too. When you get out there obviously those guys have a little bit advantage on us. In years past, you had drivers get to the Cup level that didn't do a whole lot of racing before they got there. I started at such a young age. Kasey (Kahne) did just like Jimmie (Johnson) and Ryan. You drive for so many years, 12 years, before you get here. You can learn a lot. I think that makes a difference. As rookies and as drivers, you get opportunities in good cars with great teammates."
WHO HAS GIVEN YOU THE BEST ADVICE FOR POCONO AND WHAT WAS IT?
"I've gotten good advice from a lot drivers, Jeff (Gordon) and Jimmie (Johnson) included. Probably the best advice I learned about this race track that helped me become faster here is using the same thing everywhere. It's the telemetry and really studying it. Before we come back here for a race, we get with the engineers and compare it to my teammates to see where we can be better. That's helped me a lot."
HOW DOES FAITH IN YOUR CREW COME INTO THE EQUATION FOR RACE SET UP?
"I think it's faith in each other. That's the most important part. You've got to be able to communicate well and trust each other. If Peter (Sospenzo - crew chief) wants to try something and I may not always agree with him, I'll do it. If tells me I can go wide open through the tunnel turn, I'll go out there try. More than likely I'm going to tell him I'm not going to make it. But I'll give it a shot if you tell me I can make it. I've always been that way with all my crew chiefs. I can't expect to try new things and have their faith in me if I don't do the same for them. If they want to do something really crazy in set up that nobody's ever done, I'll definitely give it a shot."
HOW DO YOU APPROACH THE TUNNEL TURN?
"It's hard for me say. I'm going to try to get through there as fast as I can. It's just another turn to another race track. I'll do the best I can to get through as fast as I can."
WHAT MAKES THAT TURN SO TRICKY?
"I don't know. I don't really think it's any worse than other turns. It's just another turn and I don't approach different. It's a fast turn a flat turn with some bumps, so you have to be careful obviously."