Here’s the second part of our three part exclusive interview with NASCAR Nationwide Series driver, Parker Kligerman.
Fontana showed that if you have good equipment, you can run upfront. What do you need that your team is missing to win races?
PK: “What we need to win races at the moment is just some of the finer things. The best way to put it is, we have the speed, we’re really close to the top on the speed aspect of it all, but we have some work to do on our pit crew side. We have a full team and we’re trying to have the same pit crew each week and week out. But getting them up there is the key. On the team side of it, we’re only five races together but Eric and I have really found a clear track of how we want to put ourselves into position and hopefully have better race cars that we’ve built. We’re solidly a top-five car in terms of speed every week I believe. We just need some of the finer things to gel and become a cohesive unit to challenge for wins week-in and week-out because winning races in this sport isn’t just about speed, it’s about putting it all together. For us to put it all together we have to have a little bit of a better pit crew which will come in time, we’re a young Nationwide Series team with a new pit crew and then from there, on the actual team side, just improving our race cars and improving our package when we unload off the truck and that’ll get better with time.”
How has Kyle Busch helped you guys out so far this season?
PK: “Kyle’s a really articulate thinker about racing. He has great knowledge about how to drive race cars and the things it takes to be fast and how we approach races setup wise. He has a really open notebook if you ask him the right questions. He’s not going to come to you, but if you go to him and ask the right questions, you can certainly get a lot out of him. He’s one of the more trust worthy people I’ve ever met in my career in terms of understanding the race car. He has a really articulate way of showing you what you’re doing right and what you need to work on when your wrong. He’s also a really nice guy. I know a lot of people see just the competitive side of Kyle Busch but away from the race track and on the owner side of things, he’s really a great owner and he really believes in his race team and what they’re doing.”
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