Team press release
MONTREAL, QUEBEC, Monday August 22, 2011: Kerry Micks driver of the No. 02 Dickies/Beyond Digital Imaging Ford Fusion notched another podium finish at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve with a second place finish.
Just as the teams were taking to the track Thursday for their one hour practice session, the skies opened up and it started to rain. NASCAR brought the field to pit road so the teams could get the cars ready for the wet track conditions. Micks however, knows his way around Circuit Gilles Villeneuve taking the win in 2007, and didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t let a little rain stop him from laying down some quick laps and posting the second quickest time in practice.
On Friday afternoon for qualifying, the sun was shining and Micks didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t hold back as he manoeuvred the 2.709 mile road course in a time of 105.985 with an average speed of over 92 miles per hour, a time that would see him line up in third place on the starting grid.
Micks started the NAPA AUTOPRO 100 on inside of row two and after taking the green flag followed the first place car of Andrew Ranger No. 27 into turn one taking the second position from the No. 12 of Alex Tagliani. Micks was able to stay close to the No. 27 and out braked him heading into turn three but just couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t make the move on Ranger. On lap 8, the two leaders were battling it out with each of them trying to out-brake the other, when they both shot through the grass missing the S-turn. The two drivers were able to hold onto their cars and carried on running one-two.
The third caution came out on lap 15 and Micks was grateful as the gauges in the No. 02 Ford Fusion indicated Micks had no oil pressure. The #02 Ford driver was running in second and decided not to come to pit road to have the crew check the car and took the green flag again on lap 16.
On the restart Micks was able to maintain the second place position while the No. 11 of Jason Bowles was all over the back bumper of the Dickies/Beyond Digital Imaging Ford Fusion, allowing the leader, Andrew Ranger, to put some distance between himself and Micks. With three laps to go Bowles made a move on Micks to take over the second position, but with 2 laps to go Micks would take the second position back from the No. 11 and would hold him off to cross the finish line in second place.
After the race Micks was all smiles as he said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“We were having oil pressure problems with the car, and I was doing everything I could, playing with the breakers and flipping switches. The cautions really helped us out today, but the car itself was amazing and if it wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t for the problem with our oil pressure Ranger would have had some competition. When we were running with him on the restarts we could out brake him.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The NAPA AUTOPRO 100 can be seen in its entirety on TSN on Sunday August 21 at midnight and Monday August 22 at 1:30 p.m. TSN2 will also air the event on Sunday August 21 at 6:30 p.m.
Micks maintained fifth in the NASCAR point standings and the next stop for Micks and the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series will be on September 10 at Barrie Speedway for the Wild Wing 300 presented by Independent Electric. Do not forget to go to Dickies.ca before the race and pick the winners in the Dickies Race to Win Challenge for a chance to win some great prizes.
For more information on the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series please visit www.nascarlocalracing.com.
Kerry Micks is supported by the following sponsors: Williamson-Dickie Canada Co., Beyond Digital Imaging, Prostate Cancer Canada, Steadymate, Seguin Marina, Thor Motors, NGK Spark Plugs, Samester and Cathcart Trucking.