MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 Armor All Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing Starting Position: 1st How was your qualifying run? "I'm just pleased to finish in one piece. We haven't got a back-up (car) here and it's just really nasty conditions out...
No. 47 Armor All Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing
Starting Position: 1st
How was your qualifying run?
"I'm just pleased to finish in one piece. We haven't got a back-up (car) here and it's just really nasty conditions out there. I guess we're trying something new here today and it's entertaining for the fans and it sure is entertaining to drive. We're doing it and we put in a couple of decent laps, not great laps, just solid laps to be safe to get in the show and be somewhere near halfway to the front."
What is it like driving these cars in the rain?
"It's not good. The cars don't have a lot of grip and they're heavy. If you lock a tire up you tend to slide for an extra 100 or 200 feet than what you really want to. It's the same for everybody."
Can you talk about your qualifying effort?
"I think today our strategy worked out perfectly. We didn't even try to get the best conditions and we did. I had a great draw and went out first in my group, which helped me get clean track. I was able to really focus on my lines and the rain and the rest was history. We've been really close to some pole positions over the last few weeks and this one, the conditions worked in our favor. The track deteriorated, the daylight disappeared and we got lucky. We'll take it."
Have you raced in the rain before?
"I grew up in the rain. I've lived half my life from one of the wettest places in the world. In Tasmania (Australia), we get about 200 days of rain, probably scattered throughout. I'm used to running in the rain. I've raced go karts in the snow and all those things. I'm just used to it, racing Europe in Formula cars in the rain. I've raced in some really bad conditions and I guess its experience in these conditions that helps you not make mistakes and get the most out of your car without making errors. That's what I did today. I didn't necessarily have the fastest lap I could have put together. That's not what it was about, we didn't have a back up to rely on so I had to be very careful out there and just put in a solid lap and hope the conditions would go my way, which they did."
Would you like the weather to be wet or dry tomorrow?
"No, I want it to be nice and sunny and the girls to be wearing bikinis."
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