Paul Menard, driver of the #27 Menards Chevrolet, qualified second for the Pennsylvania 400 from the Pocono Raceway Saturday afternoon. Afterwards he met with members of the media, below is the transcript from that.
TALK ABOUT A STRONG QUALIFYING EFFORT WHICH PUTS YOU IN A GOOD POSITION FOR TOMORROWS RACE: “I wasn’t expecting to qualify in the top three in a back-up car. Obviously that shows the hard work and preparation of the No. 27 guys and everybody at RCR (Richard Childress Racing). We had a good primary car yesterday and had what we think was a radiator hose blew out of it and went up into the wall. We had to pull out the back-up car luckily had two hours to get it ready between practices. Fired off with the back-up car in the second practice and it was pretty good right off the truck. It’s the same car that we tested for two days here so we have some good data on it. We’ve raced it a few times. We did one mock run at the end of practice and things felt good. I felt like I could have got a little bit more out of the car and just made a couple of minor adjustments for today. I think one of the biggest things that helped us was going out early. Standing on pit road during qualifying it was cloudy then. Two cars before us the sun came out. I think it just kind of kept heading up after that. A little bit of luck and a lot of hard work.”
YOU HAVE HAD SOME SUCCESS QUALIFYING HERE THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS ANY KEY THAT YOU HAVE FOUND TO SUCCESSFUL QUALIFYING HERE? “No, obviously good cars and good horsepower helps, nothing really stands out. It’s a track that I’ve kind of taken to for qualifying. We’ve got a few top 10’s here and obviously want to improve on that, get up in the top five and challenge for wins. It’s been a stable track one that has three distinctly different corners. You almost have to approach it like a road course. That has been my background growing up was road racing so I don’t know if that helps or hurts. It’s just something I’ve kind of taken to.”