Three Toyota Camrys will compete in Sunday's NASCAR Busch Series Telcel-Motorola 200 at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City. Braun Racing will field the No. 10 Fan1st.com Camry for Dave Blaney and the No. 38 Great Clips Camry for Jason ...
Three Toyota Camrys will compete in Sunday's NASCAR Busch Series Telcel-Motorola 200 at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City. Braun Racing will field the No. 10 Fan1st.com Camry for Dave Blaney and the No. 38 Great Clips Camry for Jason Leffler, while David Reutimann will drive the No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Camry for Michael Waltrip Racing.
Leffler turned the fastest practice lap of the day by a Toyota Camry driver, posting a lap time of 1:28.739, the 11th-fastest time of the second session. Of the three Toyota Camry drivers, only Leffler has raced on the 2.518-mile, eight-turn Mexico City road course. The Long Beach, Calif., native finished 17th in the Busch Series race at the venue in 2006.
Reutimann celebrated his 37th birthday on Friday. The race on Sunday will be his first -career road course start. Blaney has competed in 15 road course events in his NASCAR career, but only two have come in Busch Series competition. Blaney's best road course finish came in 1999, when he finished eighth in the Busch Series race at Watkins Glen.
JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
On the Camry's performance in practice: "We were pretty happy with how it ran. There were some little things in the handling that we'd like to have better, but we're never completely satisfied with a car. Toyota has given us good power again, and it will be up to us to keep it on the track and get the team a good finish."
On the new track configuration: "For someone like me, without a lot of road course experience, it's a little better. The chicane was super-fast last year, and was probably the toughest part of the track. This year, without the chicane, turn one should be a little easier to negotiate. Speeds will be a little higher, but it will be a straight shot. Road racing in these cars is a lot of fun because you are constantly sliding and constantly trying to put the power down. It's almost like dirt racing."
On the team's travel challenges: "Our plane got grounded last night, and half of the guys got on a plane to get down here and the rest of us had to go stay in Houston last night. We got to our hotel in Houston at about 3:30 a.m., and had to wake up at 5:00 to get on a plane to get here. I'm pretty tired, to say the least."
DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 99 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
On his first road course practice: "(Crew chief) Jerry (Baxter) and the guys are working really hard to make the car turn a little better. If we can get it to cut better, we'll be good for the race. I'm having a lot of fun out there and learning a lot as we go along. I'm keeping it on the pavement, which is a good thing. I'm starting to get a little more comfortable out there the more laps I run, and today's practice taught me a lot."
On the nuances of a road course: "It's a totally different mentality than I'm used to. On a road course, the racing line is very sensitive and not real forgiving. Generally, you don't benefit from charging too hard into a corner. I'm going into this with an open mind, and hopefully we'll come out of here with a good finish."
On advice he's received before Mexico City: "Jerry has been giving me some advice on these road courses. The biggest, and most obvious, piece of advice was to stay on the track. He says that asphalt is good and gravel is bad. Let's hope I don't find myself in any gravel this weekend."
On celebrating his birthday in Mexico: "I don't really have big plans tonight. I had the chance to talk to my family on the phone this morning, and they wished me a happy birthday. I'll most likely take it easy and get ready for the weekend."
DAVE BLANEY, No. 10 Fan1st.com Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
On the practice incident: "I was just driving along and I think we lost a bolt or something in the right-front upper control arm. The car just shot to the right. It's obviously not how we wanted to start the weekend, but I was pretty happy with the Toyota Camry we had out there. The guys are working hard to get the backup ready to race."
On Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez: "The track is long. It took me a while to remember where everything was. It's a pretty nice track, though. There are some fast corners and some spots where the driver can really help or hurt himself. I don't have a ton of road course experience, so I have to use this practice time to get acclimated to the track."
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