Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Toyota drivers on the Coca-Cola 600

MARK MARTIN ON THE COCA-COLA 600: “The 600 is one of the top races of the year up there with Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400. I love racing at Charlotte. The mile-and-a-half tracks are some of my favorite tracks. It’s long, it starts in the heat of the day and ends at night - it has lots of challenges. We had a pretty rough All-Star race after getting spun. But the 600 is a whole other ball game. Qualifying well Thursday night is the first step. ”

CLINT BOWYER ON THE COCA-COLA 600: “The 600 at Charlotte on Memorial Day weekend is a tradition in NASCAR. The folks at Charlotte Motor Speedway do such a great job of honoring our troops - they really do roll out the red carpet for the military. The pre-race demonstration/invasion of the infield is awesome! All that stuff really hits home, and it’s great to see. It helps remind us of how lucky we really are to be out here racing cars and all the folks out here enjoying a great weekend at the races - that’s all possible because those young men and women are over there fighting for our freedom and way of life.

“The race itself is a whole other kind of deal. It’s 600 miles long! That’s like getting in my 5-hour ENERGY Toyota and driving from Charlotte Motor Speedway to more than halfway back to Emporia, Kan. That’s crazy! We strap in and race on and on and on and on … then we ask our crew chief how many laps are left and they tell us that we just got to halfway! (laughs). It’s a long day, and we have to be sure we are ready for it. We have to hydrate ourselves because it can be grueling inside the car. I joke about how long and grueling this race is, but it’s a huge race to win. It’s the biggest day of racing for the year in motorsports and to win on that day is a very big deal. We won here in the fall and I’d love to do that again this weekend.”  

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