Martin Truex Jr. (sixth) leads Toyota in qualifying for the Verizon 200 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course on Sunday morning.
Toyota Racing Post-Qualifying Report
NASCAR Cup Series (NCS)
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course – August 15, 2021
TOYOTA STARTING POSITIONS
1st, William Bryon*
2nd, Chase Briscoe*
3rd, Chase Elliott*
4th, Kyle Larson*
5th, Daniel Suarez*
6th, MARTIN TRUEX JR.
14th, DENNY HAMLIN
17th, CHRISTOPHER BELL
21st, KYLE BUSCH
27th, BUBBA WALLACE
40th, TIMMY HILL
BUBBA WALLACE, No. 23 McDonald’s Toyota Camry, 23XI Racing
Starting Position: 27th
Was it just a flat tire yesterday? Was there a lot of damage to the car?
“No, there was no damage. There was a smoke screen in front of me and I didn’t feel much at all, so I didn’t know that I was locking them up. Looking at SMT data, it was just that much difference. That’s why I hate road course racing because it’s just that much – that’s just how far I’m off, but no damage. All good – just a right front flat.”
What would you consider a good day today?
“I don’t know. Having fun. I’m just going to leave it at that. This track has been pretty fun. There are some high-speed sections and some heavy braking zones, the esses are fun, so it’s a fun track. I was looking forward to getting some air, but luckily, they took some curbs out (laughter). I figured that would make it more fun, hitting those things, it could have ended my day early, but no I’m looking forward to today. Our McDonald’s Toyota Camry – I know it’s good, I just have to get all the potential out of it.”
Are you becoming more comfortable with road course racing?
“I think so. I have put in a lot of work and trying to do better and better each and every time. There’s nothing like coming off of the two off weeks straight into two road courses back-to-back, but I’ve always liked road course racing. I always get excited about it going into it, but it’s one lap after I get pissed off and frustrated because I can’t figure it out, but I’m trying to keep a positive mindset. It should be fine. It is what it is. I’ll always try to enjoy the road courses.”
Is it better that it’s back-to-back road courses?
“Who knows. It’s always a hold my beer moment for me. I don’t think it matters.”
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