Chicagoland: Vickers post-qualifying interview

Brian Vickers, No. 25 GMAC Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS To Start On Front Row Chicagoland Speedway BRIAN VICKERS , NO. 25 GMAC MONTE CARLO SS: ON THE LAP: "It was a good lap. It wasn't good enough unfortunately. Going into qualifying I thought...

Brian Vickers, No. 25 GMAC Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS To Start On Front Row
Chicagoland Speedway

BRIAN VICKERS , NO. 25 GMAC MONTE CARLO SS:

ON THE LAP:

"It was a good lap. It wasn't good enough unfortunately. Going into qualifying I thought No. 78 would have definitely been the pole, but Jeff Burton laid down a good lap. Congratulations to those guys. I knew even after he put that lap down that we still had a shot at it. It was less than we had before he went out, but we got into Turn One good; I didn't get off of Turn Two exactly how I wanted but coming to the green, got through Three and Four really well and coming through the white got through Three and Four really well. If I felt like if I lost it anywhere it was getting back to the gas off of Two; the car was a little loose. Other than that it was a good lap."

THE TRACK HAS BEEN WIDENED. HAS ANYTHING ELSE CHANGED HERE IN REGARDS TO THE SETUPS?

"That's a good question. I think that for starters, the setup has changed to the point that every track is different. I mean, our setups have drastically changed. I remember two or three years ago feeling like these things were go-karts, we were so soft in the front and stiff in the back, and now we're solid in the front and twice as stiff in the back.

"The track itself I think is really good. It's definitely got some pretty sizable bumps, getting into One and getting into Three. The braking zones - which I don't think is a bad thing. It gives the track good character, and it's going to force the guys to hunt for some different lines as well. Now the pavement is starting to wear out a little bit, get a little slicker down the bottom which causes people to move up and start to look for more grooves. Those bumps are going to do the same in the race. I think it's only going to promote better racing. We've seen a lot of race tracks this year."

AFTER THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT YOU WERE GOING TO RED BULL, THERE WAS SPECULATION ON YOU BECOMING THE LAME DUCK OF THE HENRDRICK TEAM. WITH THE WAY YOU ARE RUNNING, IS IT A CONCIOUS EFFORT TO KEEP THAT FROM HAPPENING OR ARE YOU JUST OPERATING AS NORMAL?

"Probably a little bit of both. I mean, I come here to win races and do the best I can. That's how I was raised, to always give my 100 percent no matter what the situation. Right now my focus is to remain with this GMAC Chevy team through the 2006 season. Do the best we can, give 100 percent, and everybody is doing the same thing. We knew right out of the gate that that when the lame duck situation arose there wasn't even a possibility of that happening; no matter what the circumstances we'll go out there and do our best. We're going to continue to do it, and hopefully we can have a good season."

ARE YOU NOW A DIFFERENT DRIVER SINCE THE ANNOUNCMENT, POSSIBLY MORE AGGRESSIVE?

"You know, I'm sure everybody is going to have different opinions of the situation, and they're all entitled to that, of course. I felt like I've always gone in there and given 100 percent. Any time change comes, no matter who you are and what you do, change can be a refreshing thing sometimes. No matter what direction the change is going, and that's just part of it. I think for everybody, the situation to know what's going to happen, that a change is coming, it's just something different. At least everybody knows what's coming, it's refreshing for everybody involved. For me it's obviously - it gives me confidence in that same respect to know what's going to happen for the next however many years of my life. But I think in general I've gone out there every week for the past couple years, for the past 10 races and given 100 percent. It's not any different. We definitely run - had some really good runs here lately, and we've had some good runs again this season, as well."

DO YOU THINK THE CHANGE GIVES YOU THE CONFIDENCE TO BE RACING DIFFERENTLY?

"I mean, I would use 'confidence' and 'refreshing' and 'a new start' and 'something different' in a very general term. I don't think it specifically makes me do anything different. It doesn't make me specifically go out there and drive more aggressive or specifically go out there and do anything different and intentionally focused on doing something in that mentality. It's a new start, it's refreshing, but right now I'm still focused on winning with this car. Nothing would make me happier than getting my first win in this car for so many personal reasons. I'm going to go out there and give 100 percent no matter what, but like I said a minute ago, 'change' and 'refreshing' and 'confidence', are a lot of things floating in my head right now. I'm sure in general none of them are negative, they all help."

-gm racing-

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Brian Vickers