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Can Carl Edwards pass(port) the Montreal test?

Carl Edwards
Carl Edwards

Carl Edwards plans to race in Saturday's NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal - provided he gets his passport in time.

Edwards plans to fly himself and fellow Sprint Cup driver to Montreal after Cup practice at Michigan International Speedway Saturday, but there's a catch. Edwards doesn't have his passport with him.

"Well, it is going to be a little tougher than it should have been because I left my passport at home," Edwards said Friday at MIS. "I believe my passport is going to be driven up here tomorrow. That is going to make it tougher."


"We also have Marcos Ambrose on board," Edwards said. "He is going to ride with me. I don't exactly know his status as a U.S. citizen or not, so I am a little nervous about customs with Marcos. If he were to get tied up in customs it would not be the worst thing in the world for me. So I am not going to help him in any way

"And I am the pilot so I could say things on the radio that might trigger some sort of tougher investigation you know. 'Australia will rise again,' or something like that."

Edwards didn't want to say who was driving his passport to Michigan "because she will be embarrassed."

"We were going to send it in the mail, but if something happened we have too much on the line with Fastenal and all the folks that have worked so hard to run that Nationwide Series," Edwards said. "So she is going to drive it here."

If everything goes right, Edwards and Ambrose will make it to Montreal with about five minutes to spare. If everything goes right.

"We are going to leave here after practice as fast - well, we are going to follow all the rules of the road," Edwards said. "We are going to go to the airport and fly to Montreal, land at the airport. Ee have the customs folks and have talked to them and they say they are going to make it somewhat easy on us.

"We are going to hopefully get a helicopter there and should make it o the race track literally five minutes before the race starts. It is going to be close. Billy Johnson is over there practicing my Fastenal Mustang, and if we have any hiccups he will start the race and we will do a drivers change at the first stop. I guess that is the plan.

"It is going to be neat and fun. It is fun to show up just in time for the race. Those are really fun weekends. There is no pressure involved, you just go there and race. There isn't enough time to get any anxiety over anything. It is kind of an adventure. That is it. But my passport has to get here first."