Parker Kligerman has limited NASCAR experience on road courses, but don’t let that fool you; Kligerman can drive the road courses. A month ago he came home in the third position at Road America, and now at Watkins Glen, Kligerman will start ninth for today’s Zippo 200.
“Road course races we look at as a place we can gain some points, it’s my background,” Kligerman told Start ‘N’ Park Blog after his qualifying lap. “I wasn’t too happy on my side of the lap. My car was good, but I hit the curb right on the bus stop and it screwed us up and we lost a tenth or two and it’ll put us in the top three (at the time). That was annoying, but we’ll have a good race car because it doesn’t lose speed.”
This is the second race that has the new qualifying format of cars going out on groups. We asked Kligerman if he liked that style of qualifying versus the traditional one car at a time. “I like the quickness of it, I don’t mind it. You don’t see anyone out there. We all spread out on purpose and you only see them way down there,” Kligerman said.
With his background and how quick he’s been in the Nationwide Series at road courses, it would not be surprising to see Kligerman up front. There is, however, a big difference between Road America and The Glen. It’s not the track, it’s that there are Sprint Cup Series regulars running the race which they did not run at Road America.
“With all the Cup drivers here and them running here a million times, and this isn’t really a road course it’s kind of like a superspeedway road course. It’s a lot more like an oval. For us a top-10 would be a great day, and a top-5 would be an excellent day,” commented Kligerman.
Kligerman and his Kyle Busch Motorsports team will get the green flag at 2:15 PM EST and fans can catch the race out on ABC.