Montreal: Toyota teams race notes, quotes

Jason Leffler was the top finishing Toyota driver in Montreal with a seventh-place result. Montreal native Jacques Villeneuve led one lap and ran within the top-five for most of the race before contact with the car in front of him (Ron Hornaday...

Jason Leffler was the top finishing Toyota driver in Montreal with a seventh-place result.

Montreal native Jacques Villeneuve led one lap and ran within the top-five for most of the race before contact with the car in front of him (Ron Hornaday Jr) under the final caution relegated him to a 15th-place finish.

Other Camry drivers in the field included Joey Logano (16th), David Reutimann (17th), Mike Wallace (19th), and Justin Marks (33rd).

Four Camry drivers currently rank in the top-10 in the unofficial NNS driver point standings following Montreal -- Reutimann (fourth), Busch (seventh), Wallace (eighth) and Leffler (ninth).

Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 20 Camry holds a 233 point lead in the unofficial NNS owner point standings after race 23 of 35.


JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finished: 7th

What was your impression of today's race under rain conditions? "It was long but we ended up with a pretty good finish. The guys gave me a really good car. Our Great Clips Toyota was fast. Our windshield got so fogged up I had to pit and I couldn't see where I was going or nothing. All in all it was alright."

Did you like racing in the rain? "It's good, we just have to come up with some better ventilation and stuff for the windows. As long as you keep the windows clean the cars are great in the rain - they're fun to race."


JACQUES VILLENEUVE, No. 32 L'Equipeur/Ganotec Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finished: 15th

What were the conditions like on the race track? "Just before the last safety car it became a little bit slippery but it was race-able as long as you could see where you were going."

How has the racing been in the rain? "The driving is okay as long as you can get the water off your windshield. If you have a wiper you're alright."

What happened to cause the damage to the front of your race car? "There when it started raining hard again I had some oil on the window and just couldn't get rid of it. The only thing I could use to drive was the edge of the track. With some speed it was clearing the water a little bit but as soon as we got behind the safety car, the pace car there, the water and oil stayed on the windshield and I couldn't see a thing. When everybody stopped I just ran into the back of them."

What was your view of the race track from inside the race car? "It was very fun. It was very drive-able. It was slippery but it was the same for everyone so it was good racing. As long as we were running in the front it was fun."


JOEY LOGANO, No. 20 GameStop Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finished: 16th

How was your first NNS road course weekend? "It was like two completely different races - before the rain and after the rain. We had a good stop, got us in and out of there no problem, in the rain. Pit stops in the rain - that's something no one's ever even done in their life around here (NASCAR). It's something I know I've never even thought about. I just don't understand why we go past halfway in the rain. I think if you're halfway, you've got to stop it. And we went until there were 26 laps to go. It's pouring rain and we're racing."

Did you learn anything here this weekend? "I guess if it rains and I'm doing good, I'll be in good shape. In the dry we're top-five. I'll take what I learned this weekend, try to forget about all the stupid stuff that happened and we'll get to do it again next week."

What happened under that last caution that brought your car to a stop? "I hit a lapped car with no brake lights. I have no idea who it was. I couldn't see five feet in front of me down the straightaway, under caution. Somebody stopped. I locked up all four and boom! I just stopped at the wall and that was it. It's just not right."


DAVE ROGERS, Crew Chief, No. 20 GameStop Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing

What did you think of today's race in Montreal? "The priority in this sport has to be our drivers and you had a number of drivers on the radio saying they can't see and are hydroplaning under caution. I don't think as a series we did a good job of listening to those so we fell victim. Joey (Logano) couldn't see when guys stopped in front of him he ran into the back of them. He had no warnings that the guy was going to stop. I have to be honest, I had a lot of fun today. This is pretty cool. It's the first points race in the rain. But, when drivers are saying enough is enough we need to heed that caution and we did not today."


DAVID REUTIMANN, No. 99 NAPA Auto Parts Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finished: 17th

How did your car handle in the rain? "It was pretty ugly. The race started off and the car was driving pretty good. We were passing guys and then the rain came and we were still going to be okay. We pitted and we got a pit road penalty, which I really thought I was being ultra conservative on that. It is what it is and that messed us up and got us way back. We were running ninth when they pitted us. We should have had a better day but the pit road speeding penalty was my fault so I feel bad for costing the guys a better finish. All in all I'm glad to get out of here. It was pretty hairy and I couldn't see anything."

What do you think about racing in the rain? "It's probably not something we should do unless we come up with a better system to be able to see. The tires worked fine. All that stuff worked okay. I don't have a problem with that, just the lack of being able to see is the big issue and that's pretty dangerous. If we come up with a better scenario there's no reason why we couldn't do it in the future but not with what we have now."


MIKE WALLACE, No. 7 GEICO Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
Finished: 19th


JUSTIN MARKS, No. 10 Future Electronics Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finished: 33rd

What took you out of your first career Nationwide Series race? "We just broke a transmission. It was really unexpected - there was no warning or anything like that. I was really trying to be easy on the equipment and we didn't have a problem all weekend. It was completely unexpected. It was something internal in the transmission which is a shame because we were running good and were starting to get better and better once I figured out the rain line. It's unfortunate but these guys did a good job this weekend."

What did it feel like to race in the rain? "It wasn't the first time I've ever been in the rain before. It's just a matter of finding where the slicks were where it puddles up and where the slick spots are. When it's raining you have to get off line to find grip. It's just a matter of searching around to find where the grip is. You had to stay off the curves and really be careful under braking because there's no runoff or anything and not lock it up. It was a matter of finding the right line and we founded and we started hauling the nail and then we broke something."

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Drivers Michael Waltrip , Jason Leffler , Jacques Villeneuve , Mike Wallace , Ron Hornaday Jr. , David Reutimann , Joey Logano
Teams Germain Racing , Michael Waltrip Racing , Joe Gibbs Racing