Braun - Ford interview 2009-08-17

This Week in Ford Racing: August 29, 2009 Colin Braun, driver of the No. 6 Con-way Freight Ford F-150, looks to redeem himself this week in a rare Wednesday night NASCAR Camping World event at Bristol Motor Speedway. After a disappointing 32nd...

This Week in Ford Racing:
August 29, 2009

Colin Braun, driver of the No. 6 Con-way Freight Ford F-150, looks to redeem himself this week in a rare Wednesday night NASCAR Camping World event at Bristol Motor Speedway. After a disappointing 32nd place finish in 2008, Braun has spent the last few weeks studying the performance of his fellow Roush Fenway Racing drivers in hopes of a solid finish at the series' fastest track. Later in the week, Braun visits the Illinois State Fair as part of Operation Teen Safe Driving Program, and his role as a spokesperson for Ford Driving Skills for Life program.

ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO WEDNESDAY NIGHT IN BRISTOL? "I'm really excited about Bristol. It's one of the races I'm most looking forward to going to because I did such a poor job there last year. I ran really good and qualified pretty decent, then 30-40 laps in we got inside the lap cars and wrecked. We saw a lot of guys in Nationwide and Cup do the same thing, but it doesn't make you feel any better. I feel like I let the whole team down there in Bristol, so I'm looking forward to trying to redeem myself. With a little more experience that I have and kind of figuring out what Bristol is like now will help me out."

WHERE DO YOU LOOK WHEN YOU'RE DRIVING AT BRISTOL? "When I drive at Bristol, I'm looking out my windshield anywhere really. It seems like you have to try and look everywhere. It's a place where you can catch somebody really fast, you can get caught yourself pretty fast, you can pass on the inside, you can pass on the outside, it's a challenging place to run for sure."

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE ILLINOIS STATE FAIR AND OPERATION TEEN SAFE DRIVING? "I'm excited to go to the Illinois State Fair. This will be my first Ford Driving Skills For Life (DSFL) appearance this year and I'm really excited about it. While I'm there, I will have the opportunity to meet with a lot of different people and to talk about the importance of safe driving. This will be a great program. I will be able to talk to young drivers, the Illinois State Police and all the people that are involved with Operation Teen Safe Driving. This will be the first Driving Skills For Life event where I will have the opportunity to meet with the state police. It will be neat to hear about safe driving from their perspective because that is something they work with everyday on the road. For me, I can help talk to the young drivers but for the police, they are involved every day with what happens on the road. I think it will interesting to talk with them about what they've seen and hopefully, I can contribute my experience on the race track and teach the teens safe driving skills on the road."

WHY ARE YOU INVOLVED IN DRIVING SKILLS FOR LIFE? "For me, this whole program is something that I'm really believe in. After going to a few events last year, I could really see how all the people get behind this program and learn a lot from it. There are so many people out on the road that don't understand how important it is to be focused on the driving task, to not be distracted, and to always buckle-up and do a lot of things that a lot of us take for granted. Using the Illinois State Fair will help get the word out about the importance of driving safety. By sharing our knowledge of safe driving, it will hopefully save the lives of teenagers, which is an important thing to do."

SINCE YOU'VE BEEN INVOLVED IN DRIVING SKILLS FOR LIFE, WHAT TECHNIQUES HAVE YOU APPLIED TO THE RACE TRACK? "For me, it is quite a bit different because that's a time and a place to go fast and do things you wouldn't normally do on the road. For me, the biggest thing is to remember is where I'm at and what I'm doing. When I'm at the race track, that's a style of driving. When I'm on the road, that's another kind of driving. The most important thing is to always remember the difference between that."

-credit: ford racing

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Colin Braun
Teams Roush Fenway Racing