Sears Point: Montoya, Wingo - Dodge Saturday interview

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Avenger) NOTE: Montoya posted the fastest lap in Saturday morning's first practice session. With a speed of 92.330 in practice, that would have qualified him fourth fastest on Friday. "We...

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Avenger)

NOTE: Montoya posted the fastest lap in Saturday morning's first practice session. With a speed of 92.330 in practice, that would have qualified him fourth fastest on Friday.

"We made a couple of changes since yesterday. We were expecting to be a lot better yesterday. With the lap time we did in practice today on 10-lap tires we should have been on the front row. That's a little frustrating, but that's the way it goes. We're learning. We're a little bit behind schedule and did so little testing against some tough teams it was hard to compete. Now we're a little better and we're learning our way. We should be OK. Hopefully (we can work our way to the front). I can't say yes for sure, but that would be the idea. It's a long race. You've got to be patient and work on the car and see what happens. You've got to be pretty patient here always, so we'll be OK."

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DONNIE WINGO (Crew chief No. 42 Texaco/Havoline Dodge Avenger)

"We just didn't get a good lap in yesterday. There's a lot of pressure on him out here. Everybody put a lot of pressure on him and we put a lot of pressure on ourselves. Yesterday we just didn't get it done. We came out this morning and we haven't run a lap as slow as we qualified yesterday yet. That's the way it goes. That's just racing. You've got to take what you can get.

"You know how it is out here. They get bottled up and you get wrecked. You just can't get caught up in something like that at the start of the race. You've got to let it get sorted out. As far as passing people, I don't think that will be an issue. I think he'll be able to pass. It's just going to be let everything get sorted out and then get in line and start picking them off one at a time. We've got to have a good race strategy to get to the front at the end and get our fuel mileage strategy down so we don't have to pit at the end of the race.

"He's going to have to have a lot of patience tomorrow. I'm going to instill that in him a lot. That's one thing he's going to have to have, a lot of patience. I'll just stay on him about it. He knows what he's got to do. He knows what he's up against. I think once he gets in the car and gets settled in, he knows how to set people up and pass them. I think he'll be able to do that.

"He came from the back to the front in Mexico, but this is a little different here. The competition level is a lot different. We've got a lot of good road racers in this circuit. You've just got to take your time and be patient and hopefully you're there at the end. There's no doubt about it. He's one of the best road racers out here. I think the more laps he gets in these cars on a road course, which he hasn't had a lot, the better he gets. By the time we get to Watkins Glen it'll be a different deal. I think the car is good enough to win. We showed that this morning. It's just getting him comfortable and getting the car balanced the way he wants it balanced throughout a run. You're going to have to be good on older tires, too, because this is one of those races you can't pit every time the caution comes out. You've got to maintain track position or get yourself way behind.

"I think Watkins Glen is a harder road course. I think people like him with more road course experience will shine more there. I think it's a tougher place. I think this is an easier road course.

"We didn't have a lot of fun yesterday, but we're having a good time today. We got the car a little better for him and he's getting more comfortable. The more laps he runs the more comfortable he gets."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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