Bobby Hamilton Jr., driver of the No. 35 McDonald's Ford Fusion is fifth in the points standings going into this weekend's inaugural race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Hamilton Jr., finished in 17th position at the Mexico City road course earlier...
Bobby Hamilton Jr., driver of the No. 35 McDonald's Ford Fusion is fifth in the points standings going into this weekend's inaugural race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Hamilton Jr., finished in 17th position at the Mexico City road course earlier this year.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE TRACK? "The track is ok; I mean, the track is good. But I don't think it's wide enough for two wide racing and three-wide, definitely not. The Busch cars are too fast and too heavy for here. The brakes are going to be an issue. It's almost like there is no room for error. There are a lot of people tearin' race cars up with just a small error on the race track. A lot of people aren't having fun, but we're getting paid to be here and this is a points race, so we've got to be here. We are dealing with it like the rest of the teams. We ran one lap in practice this morning because NASCAR made us, so I'll make another one lap in practice this afternoon, because those are the rules. Then tomorrow, we'll make a half a lap qualifying so we can talk a spot so we can avoid any kind of catastrophe."
WHAT IS YOUR OPINION ON ROAD COURSES? "I like them. We were ok in Mexico and it's just real fun. If the car is really good and handling good you can have fun. Back in the old days, like on the dirt roads, you can just sling it around. But here, we're on a different agenda. We're fifth in points, so we've got to be careful in what we do. There are some road course ringers here. Our plan is to just take it one lap at a time. At the end at 74 laps, you've got to be there to get all you can get. The brakes are an issue, if you can wait until the last 25 laps or so when the other guys are out of brakes, you can pass them because they can't slow down, hopefully we'll be in a position to be passing and not to be passed. We've got to be there at the end to collect everything for this week. In the end, I know we only have two road course cars and we have turn around and go to Watkins Glen next week, which is another road course. It will come down to one of the two; you won't be able to race. A good racer will be able to carry a car here and Watkins Glen next week. That's another reason to be smart here. You can't go and wreck a car here and then run another road course next week. A lot of people have been to Watkins Glen several times and know what to expect. You kind of drive smart this week and hope for the best."
HOW WILL YOUR SPOTTER HELP YOU HERE? "I think there is only one spotter. My guy can see me on the front straightaway and that's it. The rest is up to me. That's what will make this race difficult -- the spotters really help and without their assistance, a lot of people may find trouble."
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