Marcos Ambrose (second) was the highest finishing Camry driver in Sunday's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) road course race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada. Ambrose earned the ninth NNS Toyota pole of the season and led the most...
Marcos Ambrose (second) was the highest finishing Camry driver in Sunday's NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) road course race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada.
Ambrose earned the ninth NNS Toyota pole of the season and led the most laps of the race by leading 60 (of 76) laps.
Canadians Andrew Ranger (third) and Jacques Villeneuve (fourth) also earned top-five results for Toyota. Each driver also took a turn leading the field with Ranger leading 10 laps and Villeneuve leading three laps.
Camry driver Kyle Busch (10th) also finished in the top-10 at the historic Montreal circuit.
Toyota drivers Michael Annett (18th), Brad Coleman (28th), Jason Leffler (29th), Justin Marks (30th) and Patrick Carpentier (38th) were also in the field.
Busch leads the unofficial NNS point standings after Montreal with 192 points lead on second-place Carl Edwards.
JACQUES VILLENEUVE, No. 32 Dollar General Stores Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 4th
Can you talk about your race? "It went quite good. We didn't have a very good pit stop strategy, it didn't work out for us that the yellow came out exactly at the wrong time. That was a little bit frustrating, but the restarts were going amazing. My Dollar General Braun car was amazing at the restarts for two laps, three laps. The brakes were strong, I could attack and overtake a few cars and then take it easy because the brakes were over heating a little bit. Every time there was a caution I was happy. But, there's nothing that's not bent on the car. It was like being in a pin ball machine at every restart. It was just a matter of surviving and when I saw the rain coming, I was quite happy because I thought we could maybe get a few more positions and fourth after we were halfway through the race was great, I'm very happy."
Is this as wild of a race as you've ever been a part of? "It is the wildest one because if we did that in F1 (Formula 1), you would survive five meters and you'd probably be rolling and have no wheels attached. There's no way you could do restarts like that. This was wild, this was definitely crazy and it's a good thing those cars are strong. Maybe that's why we run into each other so much."
What did you think of the show that was put on for the fans? "I think it was a great show for the fans. There was everything today, we even had a wet race, a dry race. The last 10 laps, every restart we were all running into each other and there was a question of surviving. That's about it. We ran really well. The guys did a great job and we were strong."
How tough was the last four or five laps of the race? "It was tough because (rain tire) was quite a soft tire. It had a lot of grip in the wet but on a drying track it made it move around so it made it fun. It was all the same for us. We were all running the same pace towards the end."
KYLE BUSCH, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 10th
What did you think of your first race in Montreal? "That was a really tough way to end a long, long day. We got banged around a good bit out there today but still we were looking like we had a shot at winning this thing at the end - at least a top-five. (On the green-white-checkered restart) they got bunch up in front of me. We had to check up and got spun from behind. It's disappointing, to say the least."
JASON RATCLIFF, crew chief, No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Are you disappointed by your teams finish today? "I think with Kyle (Busch) coming in here for his first time here, it raining all day yesterday, and the only laps he had on the track prior to the race coming under wet conditions, I thought the day went really well - until the last restart. But we knew the potential for that was going to happen. Other than that, everything went well. I hate that we didn't finish where we ran. We definitely had a top-five car. Kyle did a great job, and we'll be alright. We got the road courses out of the way. They've been pretty good to us, we've had a pretty good run on road courses. We'll go back to oval tracks next week and finish the year doing that."
MICHAEL ANNETT, No. 15 Hype Energy Drink Toyota Camry, Germain Racing
Finishing Position: 18th
BRAD COLEMAN, No. 20 BigSpot.com Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finishing Position: 28th
JASON LEFFLER, No. 38 Great Clips Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 29th
JUSTIN MARKS, No. 10 Future Electronics Toyota Camry, Braun Racing
Finishing Position: 30th
PATRICK CARPENTIER, No. 99 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota Camry, Michael Waltrip Racing
Finishing Position: 38th
What happened to your car? "The car was good. The NAPA team did a great job, I mean the thing was - I thought we were going to win this thing. We kept moving forward and I was looking at Marcos Ambrose and I was like, we're going to battle with him in a few laps. I was waiting to pass Jacques (Villeneuve) and missed a shift, a down shift coming on the hairpin. It revved too high and damaged the engine and then it blew up down the straightaway."
-credit: toyota motorsports