Watkins Glen: Winning team interview

MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 STP Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing Finishing Position: 1st Can you describe your feelings right now after the win? "It was just an awesome day for all of us. It's our first Nationwide race and we won it. It's...

MARCOS AMBROSE, No. 47 STP Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty Racing
Finishing Position: 1st

Can you describe your feelings right now after the win?

"It was just an awesome day for all of us. It's our first Nationwide race and we won it. It's awesome. I've got so many people to thank. Frankie Kerr, my crew chief on the Cup side came in to help us during the race. Frankie is just the ultimate racer and committed everything to help us and here we are in victory lane. It's just awesome. I'm really proud. STP has two wins in two years and that's awesome."

How does it feel to have two wins in a row at Watkins Glen?

"I've just got to thank all of these guys here. It was just an awesome day for us. This deal came together late. The Nationwide team has come back to a part-time schedule so it's a skeleton crew. They built a wonderful car for us that we could work on. I had a lot of help from the (Michael) Waltrip (Racing) guys and my Cup guys. It was just a perfect day. When you're racing against Kyle (Busch) and Carl (Edwards) and all of those guys and when you pass them to win you're really doing something special. It's just been a great day for us. Last year we won on fuel mileage and this one we earned. It's just an awesome feeling and it's just great to be back in victory lane."

Can you describe your pass on Kyle Busch late in the race?

"I knew I had to get by him (Kyle Busch). I knew if I waited until the last 10 laps he was going to do everything he could to block me so I just tried to surprise him. I surprised us all because I got up in there pretty hard. Being here in victory lane for the second time is just fantastic. I've got so many people to thank. We're just going to enjoy it. It's a special time in my life and I'm just really proud of all of my guys. This is just great."

Why did you decide that was the time to pass Kyle Busch?

"I had to surprise him. I didn't have the straight line speed to really attack him. If I had waited for the last 10 laps there is no way he would've let me pass so I just tried to surprise him. I surprised myself. I knew I had to do it then because the element of surprise was there and that's what got the win for us."

Did you think Kyle Busch would have a chance to pass for the lead in the final laps?

"I was worried. It's Kyle Busch. He doesn't give you an inch and I had Carl (Edwards) behind me too which I bumped into earlier in the day so I had my hands full. But those guys are fair and they race really hard. It was just awesome to beat them."

Was it hard to adjust to the Nationwide Series car with it being your first series race this season?

"The lack of horsepower was interesting. The difference in the Cup motor versus the Nationwide motor. You've got to change the way you set the car up and it really changes the way that you drive the circuit. I think today's race was a great race and I think there were a lot of competitive cars. It doesn't take much. I've had a couple of years in the Nationwide Series already so I just remembered back to what I used to do and tried to apply it well."

FRANK KERR, crew chief, No. 47 STP Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty

How did things unfold during the race today?

"This deal kind of came together late at JTG's shop. We've just been so busy on the Cup side that we haven't had much time to get down there. It came to the shop on Tuesday and we worked on it Tuesday and Wednesday there and left and we unloaded here not very good. We just kept working on it and changing things and with the help from this guy (Marcos Ambrose) telling you what it's doing it makes my job a lot easier. We just made some really good adjustments there at the end of the day yesterday and we knew we had something. I'm just proud of everybody pitching in from the Cup car, the Nationwide team. I've got to thank Tad and Jodi (Geschickter) and Brad (Daugherty). They've been in this business a long time, especially the Nationwide Series. I'm just so happy to win the race for them. I used to work here and we had some poles and some seconds and stuff and now we're in victory lane together."

JODI GESCHICKTER, co-owner, No. 47 STP Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty

What are your thoughts on the win today?

"We always look forward to Watkins Glen and we always look forward to the road courses but increasingly we've just been excited to go to the track with Marcos Ambrose every week. It's always an adventure. We all know Marcos (Ambrose) and we love him. Just to be up here again -- we're thrilled to be here, we're thrilled to part of this sport and we celebrate this victory with Marcos (Ambrose) and his whole family and our team. I wish the guys were in here with us. They are packing up the things getting ready to go. They've all really worked hard this week."

BRAD DAUGHERTY, co-owner, No. 47 STP Toyota Camry, JTG-Daugherty

What are your thoughts on the win today?

"The toughest thing to do as we come back to this race is the expectations are very high. Marcos (Ambrose) is one of the top road racers in the world. He's quickly becoming one of the top race car drivers in the country. The expectations were high and when you come back and fulfill and take care of those expectations it just shows what type of race team we have and what type of people and personnel we have around us. It's truly a great day for us. Marcos (Ambrose) drove his butt off. Frankie (Kerr, crew chief) gave him a great hot rod and Tad and Jodi (Geschickter) and I got to sit back and watch."

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Marcos Ambrose , Kyle Busch