All-Star: Childress - Friday media visit

Richard Childress, owner of Richard Childress Racing (RCR), met with members of the media at Lowe's Motor Speedway to discuss the announcement that RCR and Dale Earnhardt, Inc. would combine their engine programs and the favorable ruling handed...

Richard Childress, owner of Richard Childress Racing (RCR), met with members of the media at Lowe's Motor Speedway to discuss the announcement that RCR and Dale Earnhardt, Inc. would combine their engine programs and the favorable ruling handed down in the AT & T/Cingular Wireless case in Federal Court.

ON NOW HAVING AT&T: "It sounds great to me. I am just really happy for AT&T that we are going to be able to re-brand our car to AT&T and carry on. We want to get back to really trying to win this championship. It is just a great day for RCR and AT&T."

ON WHEN LOGO WILL BE ON THE CAR: "Hopefully, if everything works well, we will have them on there tomorrow night."

ON RCR/DEI ENGINE DEAL: "I spoke with Teresa (Earnhardt) a couple of months ago. It was an idea I had and I spoke to her about it. Ritchie Gilmore and I got together with Max (Siegel) and started talking more about it. It really makes sense for us to put our programs together. Looking at their stuff, looking at our stuff, we both have great people, great product, we just want to be better. We are looking really more further down the road, a couple of years down the road. With what Toyota doing what they are doing, the model that Yates and Roush put together. Hendrick is doing about 11 or 12 teams right now and we feel we can only be more powerful."

ON IF DECISION HAD GONE THE OTHER WAY, HOW WOULD THAT HAVE AFFECTED YOUR ORGANIZATION: "I never look at what-ifs. AT&T won and that is all I am concerned about today. I don't look back at what would have happened if it had went the other way."

ON HOW NASCAR REACTED: "I haven't really gone in to any detail with them."

ON WHAT IS BIG PICTURE: "The big picture is AT&T, I guess until it goes back to court. AT&T will be branded AT&T and we are really excited about the new look for the car and the new AT&T."

ON WHEN IT GOES BACK TO COURT: "I have no idea."

ON RENEWAL DISCUSSIONS WITH AT&T AND HOW THAT AFFECTS JEFF BURTON: "Jeff and I have a plan that we are going to announce pretty soon. I am sure we will start talking to AT&T pretty soon. Jeff is very happy where he is at and I am very happy with Jeff. We will be making some announcements pretty soon."

ON RCR/DEI ENGINE DEAL HAVING ANY IMPACT ON DALE EARNHARDT, JR. POSSIBLE COMING TO RCR: "I haven't talked to Junior or Kelly (Earnhardt Elledge) either one. This is something we had planned and been talking to Teresa, Ritchie and Max about before Junior made his announcement last week. I think it is something that is going to be very positive for both companies. We are just going to be stronger."

ON HEARING RUMORS ABOUT DEI TALKING WITH RYR: "I don't know much about that deal, no more that what I read in the media so it would be hard for me to comment on the DEI side."

ON ANY TALKS WITH JUNIOR: "I haven't spoken with Junior since he left DEI."

ON RELIEF ON HAVING AT&T SITUATION RESOLVED: "We are wanting to concentrate on this championship. We have our R07 engines in our Chevys here at Charlotte. We are excited about having those in the cars. We are excited about a lot of things. We are fired up. We want to come here and win this race. We are excited about getting our DEI/RCR program together. Lot of good things going on right now."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt
Teams Richard Childress Racing