July 8, 2011
Micks ready for one wild ride
By Dean McNulty, QMI Agency
Kerry Micks figures he has got the car to win Saturday’s NASCAR Canadian Tire Series Streets of Toronto 100.
On Friday he qualified the No. 02 Beyond Digital Imaging/Dickies Ford fourth on the grid behind California’s Jason Bowles who put his No. 11 Fuel Doctor Chevrolet on the pole.
But as Micks, from Mt. Albert, Ont., said: “It is not where you start it is where you finish” that counts.
Micks said that a temporary street course like Exhibition Place with its left and right hand turns is not a natural fit for 3,000 pound, 550 horsepower sedans.
It is a place, however, where Micks likes to race.
“We have never had much trouble at this track,” he said. “You have to pace yourself. It is not a long, long race but you can’t try to win on the first lap.”
One of the keys to winning in Toronto, Micks said, is that you don’t want to be too far back on the grid. Passing is at a premium on the 11-turn, 2.824-km track.
“You don’t want to be at the back of the pack going into the Turn 1 with 20 cars in front of you,” he said.
He won’t complain — like so many others however — about the bumpy condition of the layout.
“I know a lot of the drivers complain about how it is so bumpy and everything but I don’t find there is any place here that is so
difficult,” he said.
He said he thinks that the race can be won, or lost, into the hair pin that is Turn 3.
“One thing, of course, is that you have to try to stay out of trouble going into Turn 3,” he said. “I go in there very, very hard; harder than most cars.”
Starting second Saturday will be defending race champion Andrew Ranger of Roxton Pond, Que., in the No. 27 Dave Jacombs Chevrolet with Scott Steckly third in the No. 22 Canadian Tire Dodge.