What are your expectations heading back into Pocono this weekend?
“Pocono is a track that this FedEx team has a lot of success at over the years. Before they repaved it a few years ago, it was a track that we circled on our calendars as one to expect to run up front and compete for the win. It has been a little bit challenging the last few races, but our team is working hard to try to get back that advantage. We weren’t the strongest car at Pocono in June, but we got ourselves a top-10 finish and we need to start stringing some good finishes together. Pocono is a great place to do that.” Read more
How did the test help you prepare for this weekend at Indianapolis?
“Any time you get the chance to test a track prior to a race weekend, you’ll learn some valuable information to bring back. We had a pretty good test at the track a few weeks back, and were able to go through a bunch of things to get us ready for this weekend. Indianapolis has such a great racing history, and our FedEx team was proud to start on the pole in the 400 last year. It was a great achievement for our race team and one that we can build off as we try to get to victory lane this year. The Brickyard is one of NASCAR’s signature events and hopefully our #11 FedEx Express Camry is up to the challenge on Sunday.” Read more
The FedEx team ran well at Daytona earlier this year, do you expect to maintain that momentum in the July race?
“The Toyotas ran well at Daytona in February and we’re hoping to build off of that this weekend. We ran up front for much of the race in the 500 and were able to even lead some laps. We feel like we have as good of a shot at winning this as anyone out there. Obviously we’re closing in on the Chase and we have to respond to that pressure with a strong finish this weekend. Our goal is to be up there towards the end and hope we can move ourselves into a position to compete for the win.” Read more
How do you approach the season’s first road course race this weekend in Sonoma?
Obviously, you have to approach the road course races a little bit different, in terms of pit strategy on Sunday and what you look for in your car. Sonoma is a very tight, technical track, as opposed to Watkins Glen, and you need to make sure your car can get off the corners. To get a good finish, you need to stay clean throughout the majority of the race, and be aggressive when it’s warranted to get around guys. We have been the victim of some aggressive driving there the past couple of years in Turn 11, so it’s important we stay up front.” Read more
Do you think Michigan is a track where the FedEx team can capitalize with a victory?
“Michigan is definitely a place that our FedEx team has had success at in the past, winning a couple races and running up front for the most part. It was a little tough on us last year after the repave, but hopefully we’ll have the speed to contend this weekend. Obviously, we can’t afford to have bad finishes and need to get a win or two, but most importantly, we have to minimize mistakes and finish where we should. If we take care of our business and put ourselves into position to win, that stuff will take care of itself.” Read more