BRIAN VICKERS, No. 83 Red Bull Toyota Camry, Red Bull Racing Team Starting Position: 1st How was your qualifying lap? "We had a really good car. I just went out there and qualifying has never been my best here. I've always tried to attack...
How was your qualifying lap?
"We had a really good car. I just went out there and qualifying has never been my best here. I've always tried to attack the curbs and use the curbs and you always make a mistake. You make a mistake at a road course and you leave a lot on the table. The Red Bull Toyota guys did a tremendous job coming here and practicing and we wanted to make no mistakes. I think I left something on the table, but maybe I didn't. I was just really cautious and hit my marks and not hit the curbs and it paid off."
How were you able to improve from what you ran in practice?
"It was a combination of a lot of things. We ran a lot more tape on the car, which does help for sure. Some of it was the changes we made. We made a couple of changes and I think it dramatically improved our drive off the corner and that can reward in a lot of time. It turned a little bit better in the center doesn't always reward in the huge increase in time or decrease in time whereas drive off does. The track was probably a little bit quicker and I don't think I made any mistakes. I don't think I did anything special - I just didn't make any mistakes on the race track and when all that adds up it turns out to be a pretty good lap."
Is your mindset approaching qualifying here different than when you got the pole last weekend in Michigan?
"No, not a lot, not really. I think the way I approach the preparation for a qualifying at any race track and a race at any track is probably very similar. Maybe my mental preparation for here takes a little bit longer because there are 11 turns instead of two, but I still kind of mentally walk myself through the lap several times, especially prior to qualifying. As far as the race I go through that exercise quite as many times because I have more laps to do it. As far as how I prepare for it race to race is very similar."
How will your car be in the race based on practice?
"I think we'll be good. We didn't spend a lot of time in race trim so I don't have a great feel for it. This is a different tire here this year so we have to figure out what will happen in the long run and I don't think anyone knows that yet. Historically we'll probably be fighting forward drive. It's pretty common here so I think our focus will be on that. I think that we're okay in that area. We were really good in qualifying and in practice we were okay. We made some gains going into qualifying, whether or not those changes will transfer into race trim, some will, some probably won't. Some were air pressure, some were actually mechanical changes that I think will. If we can keep the car driving like it did in qualifying than I think we'll be in good shape."
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