Mexico City: Ford teams race quotes

MARCOS AMBROSE -- No. 59 Kingsford with Hickory Ford Fusion -- (finished 2nd, qualified 4th, started 40th after clutch change) ON THE INCIDENT WITH BORIS SAID. "If I could take it back, I would. I didn't mean to get into Boris; I really like him.

MARCOS AMBROSE -- No. 59 Kingsford with Hickory Ford Fusion -- (finished 2nd, qualified 4th, started 40th after clutch change)

ON THE INCIDENT WITH BORIS SAID. "If I could take it back, I would. I didn't mean to get into Boris; I really like him. He's a great racer and I've idolized him in the past and I still do. If I could wind the clock back, I would. It's just hard racing up there. He checked up in the middle of the corner. I was getting something from behind and I wanted to defend my position. Our bumper bars just hooked and it just turned him around. It was just the craziest thing I've seen. I feel bad for him. I can't take it back. We're proud of our day. We've driven well and we've got a team behind us. We're back in the points and we're having a great day."


CARL EDWARDS -- No. 60 Scotts Water Smart Ford Fusion -- (finished 4th, qualified 3rd)

"That was fun. We just lost track position. We had a car that could win the race. That's good. It's too weeks in a row that we've been good. I'm really proud of the Water Smart guys, Scotts, Vitamin Water and everybody. My crew did a great job and it's just too bad we got caught up on that caution but we got to fight back and my hats off to Kyle Busch and everybody on that 20 team, they did a great job. That's three in a row for them. The good thing is that's two weeks in a row that we've had a car that can win. That's good."


DAVID RAGAN -- No. 6 Discount Tire Ford Fusion -- (finished 22nd, qualified 22nd)

"It's all about track position at this road courses. When we were back there in the back, we struggled to pass. We had a good enough car that we could have run in the top 10, it's just all about track position. We've made the right call and stayed out and caught a couple of good cautions. Up there in the top five, I thought we were set, and then the 22 [Ruben Pardo] spun us out there. It was kind of a rough day. There was a lot of beating and banging. It could have been a lot better but we'll just have to learn from it."


KELLY BIRES -- No. 47 Clorox Ford Fusion -- (finished 31st, qualified 18th)

"Well, we were going to have a good day. We had our pit strategy worked out where we would have easily have been a top-15 car if the cautions didn't come. All those cautions at the end of the race hurt us. We still would have been a top-20 car and probably finished 15th or so and just broke the clutch. I think it was with one lap to go, down the back short shoot and just lost the clutch. There's nothing you can do. It was a part failure. Otherwise we did a good job. My first road race, I learned a ton. We'll come back and go to Montreal and we'll be a lot better."

YOU SEEM REALLY PLEASED. "I am. But I'm disappointed in the end result with our finish, because it we should have had a solid day. It hurt us in points, but there's nothing you can do about it. We ran hard all day and we were on the track all day. We did everything we needed to do. We just didn't get the luck on the last two laps to get to the end. Otherwise it was a good day."

YOU WERE RUNNING IN THE TOP FIVE MIDWAY THROUGH THE RACE, WHAT WAS GOING THROUGH YOUR MIND? "I just concentrating on hitting my marks and driving smooth. Road racing is all about being smooth and consistent. We had a pretty darn good car at the end we got a little bit free on both left-handers and right-handers which slowed us down a little bit, but it was a pretty solid car all day. It was good enough to be a top-15 car. We'll learn from this, go to Montreal and be that much better."


COLIN BRAUN -- No. 16 3M Ford Fusion -- (finished 33rd, qualified 1st)

"I think at the end there the 3M Ford Fusion was the fastest car on the race track. I think we had a car that definitely could have won the race. Right there in the middle of the race, we were just sitting there, biding our time taking care of our stuff. I'm trying to figure out where our car needed to be right at the end. I came in for that pit stop and that wheel got away from us for a little bit, but we made some adjustments on the car though. We were real fast right at the back and got caught up and spun out there by the 33 [Hornaday Jr.]. I guess that's racing. After that, we kind of came back in and changed that tire and fixed the front bar because we drug it off having the flat tire. When we came back out, we were ahead of the leaders and I just basically pulled away from there. I had a real fast car. It's unfortunate the way the events turned out. We certainly had a fast car."


BORIS SAID -- No. 25 No Fear/Team Smithfield Ford Fusion -- (finished 35th, qualified 5th)

"My team Ford Fusion driver Marcos Ambrose just cheap shotted me and took me out. He hooked my left rear in turn one. He had me sideways for a while and then just turned me around. I'm disappointed for everybody at No Fear and Advanced Auto Parts and Rensi Racing. I'm not going to cry about it, but I'm going to go apologize to his crew chief because it's going to cost him a car."

A PRETTY TOUGH DAY OUT THERE FOR YOU. "We were in great position. I just want to thank Ed Rensi and Ronnie Russell; they gave me a great Ford Fusion today and Smithfield Foods. I just feel really embarrassed for my sponsors, No Fear energy drink and Advanced Auto Parts."

THERE'S A LOT OF CAUTIONS OUT THERE, WHAT DO YOU SUPPOSE IS GOING ON? "Well, there's bumping and banging and then there's cheap shots and that was a cheap shot. Everything else that I saw was good, clean, hard, rough racing."

-credit: ford racing

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Drivers Marcos Ambrose , Rubén Pardo