Talk about your new opportunity at Michael Waltrip Racing.
“I’m really happy about this new opportunity. We had a really good time in Sonoma once we got accustomed to each other. Friday was tough for us, but Saturday and Sunday was really great for me and the NAPA team. I am really looking forward to driving the NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota for Michael at Watkins Glen. It is a track I really like to drive.”
You tested with the NAPA team at Virginia International Raceway on July 22nd. What were you able to get accomplished?
“I feel like we will be even better at Watkins Glen after I had a chance to test with Michael’s team. I believe we made a lot of improvements. We tested a couple of cars with different set ups and things so we have a good idea of what we need to have. Obviously, it is always good to have a chance to test before a race. I believe I have a really good car for Watkins Glen.”
What is the key to running well at Watkins Glen?
“I think it’s all about the momentum of the race. It is a little different than Sonoma because Sonoma is a lot more technical in my opinion. With the double-file restarts, it is going to be tough. What I experienced at Sonoma, that new element was really tough. It was tough to stay on the track during restart after restart so we’ll just see how it goes. I think the restarts are going to make it really interesting.”
NAPA RACING PRESS BOX FEATURING PATRICK CARPENTIER
What was your reason for putting Patrick Carpentier back in your car for Watkins Glen?
“Patrick is being rewarded for perserverence. At Sonoma, he drove for me and started out with a car he wasn’t happy with. He worked with my crew chief Bootie (Barker) and my NAPA boys to get an 11th-place finish. We also had a little deal on the side. If he was able to finish solidly at Infineon Raceway and he deemed the experience of working with my team as fun and wanted to do again, then he and I would ask NAPA to allow him to drive again. We all agreed so Patrick will drive the No. 55 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota for NAPA and me at Watkins Glen.”
Patrick Carpentier Fast Facts
NAPA AUTO PARTS Driver Patrick Carpentier Sprint Cup Statistics – Watkins Glen 2008
2009 NAPA AUTO PARTS PIT CREW
|Ryan Langley||Front Tire Changer|
|Chris Hall||Front Tire Carrier|
|Tony Cardamone||Jack Man|
|Mike Ellershaw||Rear Tire Changer|
|Eric Wakeland||Rear Tire Carrier|
|Shawn Soules||Catch Can|
|Ron Otto||Eighth Man|
|Terry Spaulding||Hose and Sign|
|Craig Harper||Gas Runner|
|Mark Maloney||Second Gas Can|
Race: 22 of 36
Length: 2.45-mile road course
Distance: 90 laps/220.5 miles
Date: Sunday, Aug. 9
Time: 1 p.m.
Radio: MRN, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Channel 128
2007 Winner: Kyle Busch
2007 Pole: Kyle Busch
Friday, Aug. 7 at 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, Aug. 8 at 12 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 8 at 1:30 p.m.
Sprint Cup Qualifying:
Friday, Aug. 7 at 3 p.m.
This Week in NASCAR:
Monday, Aug. 10 at 8 p.m.
All Times Eastern