Atlanta II: Gilliland - Ford Saturday interview

David Gilliland, driver of the No. 38 Aflac Cancer Center Ford Fusion, visited the Aflac Children's Cancer Center on Thursday, along with fellow Ford driver Carl Edwards. Gilliland spoke about that experience after Saturday's first ...

David Gilliland, driver of the No. 38 Aflac Cancer Center Ford Fusion, visited the Aflac Children's Cancer Center on Thursday, along with fellow Ford driver Carl Edwards. Gilliland spoke about that experience after Saturday's first practice at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

DAVID GILLILAND -- No. 38 Aflac Cancer Center Ford Fusion

AS A FATHER YOURSELF, WHAT DID THAT VISIT ON THURSDAY MEAN TO YOU? "It was an awesome day, a day I'll never forget for sure. We're already planning on going back and what Aflac does for the cancer center is incredible. To go and meet all the kids there made it a very inspirational day for me. Having kids myself and seeing how strong these kids are, along with their parents, was great. They're real fighters and it made my day because everyone was so excited to see us."

WAS THERE ONE CHILD OR STORY THAT REALLY TOUCHED YOU? "There was a boy whose cancer was in remission for a couple of years after going through chemotherapy and all the treatments. Unfortunately, he had just checked back into the hospital because it had come back and he was going to have to go through chemo and all that stuff again. His attitude is what amazed me because he was like, 'The chemo wasn't that bad. We're gonna beat it again.' To have such a great attitude knowing what you've been through and having to go through all of it again, really hit home for me."

SO WHEN YOU COME TO THE TRACK AFTER A VISIT LIKE THAT DOES THE STUFF IN HERE PALE IN COMPARISON? "Yeah, to a point. We're real proud to have the Aflac Children's Cancer Center on the car and the car looks great. Our suit looks good as does the helmet, and I can't think of anything else I'd like to have on the car."

NOW YOU JUST HAVE TO GET IT RUNNING A BIT FASTER? "Yeah, for sure. We're working on it. I'm just working on getting it driving better. When the sun comes out and heats up the track it becomes more and more challenging. Everybody is kind of fighting the same thing and, hopefully, we can just get running a little bit faster."

-credit: ford racing

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Carl Edwards , David Gilliland