NASCAR: ナンバーは15に決定/モンちゃんからアドバイス などなど!


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8 Nelson Piquet Jr.* London, England Chevrolet Bozzano-Jontex DeLana Harvick
15 Kimi Raikkonen Espoo, Finland Toyota Perky Jerky James “Billy” Ballew



★モンちゃんからのアドバイスは”Keep working at it”

“Keep working at it”, Montoya tells Kimi
So what advice can the Colombian offer the new arrival from Finland?

“Keep working at it and listen to the advice people give you,” says Montoya. “Ask questions and spend as much time behind the wheel, getting seat time, as you can.”

Montoya knows what he’s talking about: NASCAR hasn’t come easy for him since he arrived in the series in 2007 after becoming disenchanted with the world of F1. He won the Sonoma road race in his rookie year and has since had three top-five and six top-10 finishes, and even become the first non-American to make it into the Chase at the end of the 2009 regular season. But oval victories and a Sprint Cup title still seem very far off for him.

“It’ll be a tough transition but if he dedicates his time to [NASCAR], he should be okay,” said Montoya. “He’ll adjust after some time … It’s a big transition all around and just one of those things he’ll need to get used to.

“He’s a great race car driver but he’ll need to learn to take care of his equipment in NASCAR. I know he likes to drive his cars hard and you can’t do that over here.”

JPM: 続けること、そして人のアドバイスを聞くことだ。質問をして、できるかぎりクルマに乗ること。タフな移行になるだろうけど、彼がNASCARに時間を捧げれば、大丈夫だと思う。彼は少し経てば慣れるだろう。全てにおいて大きな転換だけど、慣れる必要がある仕方のないことだからね。彼は素晴らしいレースカードライバーだけど、NASCARでのクルマなんかの使い方を学習する必要がある。彼がクルマをハードにドライブするのが好きだってことは知ってるけど、ここではそれはできない。




Raikkonen: WRC remains my main focus
“I wouldn’t be doing any of the racing if it clashed with anything which I’m doing in the WRC,” said the 31-year-old. “The races have been picked because they fit around the rallies I’m doing. It doesn’t matter where I am when I’m not on the rallies. The driving has been better and we’re pushing harder now. My only target really is to improve in the WRC.”




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