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Edwards adds to stress by leaving passport home

August 19, 2011, Mark Aumann,

BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Has friend driving from Missouri to Michigan to deliver in time for Montreal race

Carl Edwards knew trying to travel from Michigan to Montreal in time for Saturday's race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve was going to be a matter of everything falling into place.

But leaving his citizenship documents in Missouri wasn't exactly how he wanted to start off the weekend.

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Carl Edwards lays out his logistical plan for getting from Michigan to Montreal in time for the Nationwide race.

"Well, it is going to be a little tougher than it should have been because I left my passport at home," Edwards said.

Edwards said he spent much of Friday morning in communication with customs agents, trying to figure out what to do. Unfortunately, that means asking a friend in Columbia, Mo., to drive to Michigan International Speedway with passport in hand so that he can get through Canadian customs.

"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. "... With the helicopters and all that stuff, if we have a hiccup we literally won't make the start of the race, so we have to make it work."

Edwards knew the time frame would be tight without any hiccups, but this adds a complexity he didn't expect.

"We are going to go to the airport and fly to Montreal, land at the airport," Edwards said. "We 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 to the race track literally five minutes before the race starts. It is going to be close."

In addition, Edwards is planning on bringing Marcos Ambrose with him. It was Edwards who made a last-lap, last-turn pass of Ambrose to win there in 2009.

"I don't exactly know his status as a U.S. citizen or not, so I am a little nervous about customs with Marcos," Edwards said. "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 said racing at both venues this weekend is enjoyable, but getting there is more than half the fun, in this instance.

"There is no pressure involved, you just go there and race," Edwards said. "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."