Sunday, January 27, 2013

Juan Pablo Montoya comments on winning Rolex 24 at Daytona

The #01 Telmex/Target BMW driven by Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, JPM, and
Charlie Kimball win the Rolex 24 at Daytona. 
Juan Pablo Montoya delivered in the clutch, holding off AJ Allmendinger to win his 3rd Rolex 24 at Daytona.  He was teamed with Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, and Charlie Kimball of Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates to give Ganassi his 5th Rolex 24 win.

"It was a lot of pressure." JPM said "I thought we have a decent lead, we're just going to go out there and ride for two and a half hours or whatever is left, and then you realize there's a caution and another caution and another caution, and with the way the rules are and the speed the car had, it's like you didn't want to get into a pissing contest with anybody. You had to be smart about when you passed them and everything, so I was always careful on the restarts, and I took my time to pass people. When they told me 9 was going to get a penalty, I rode behind for a couple laps, and as soon as he went in, I caught up the 10 car in a half a lap, and a lap later passed him and drove away. We were kind of concerned about the 6 car, what they were going to do with fuel because they told me they could make it until the end and that we were going to have to push, and we pushed like crazy and opened up a hell of a gap. It was fun."

Can this give him momentum? "I think it's good. I think personally it's a boost getting the job done. The last few years we finished second, we finished fourth, we finished third, we've been there all the time, and it's been painful. It's like you get so close, and the last season caught pretty hard. I think testing has gone really, really well over the last couple months with the new car, and it seems like we've got a lot more speed than we had last year. It's encouraging. I'm very conservative to see how good we're going to be, but we're probably 80 percent better prepared than last year, and that is good. Everybody -- we had to hire a ton of new people last year and now everybody is working together, everybody understands their job and what needs to be done, so it's been pretty good? Montoya said.

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