Daytona 500: Travis Kvapil Media Day interview

TRAVIS KVAPIL -- No. 28 Yates Racing Ford Fusion DO YOU FEEL YOUR TEAM IS NEXT IN LINE FOR A SPONSOR AFTER DAVID GOT ONE FOR THE FIRST SEVEN RACES? "I do feel like we are. The 38 with David got a number of races with Free Credit Report, so...

TRAVIS KVAPIL -- No. 28 Yates Racing Ford Fusion

DO YOU FEEL YOUR TEAM IS NEXT IN LINE FOR A SPONSOR AFTER DAVID GOT ONE FOR THE FIRST SEVEN RACES? "I do feel like we are. The 38 with David got a number of races with Free Credit Report, so we're looking to put something on the 28 for at least the 500 for sure because that's right around the corner, but definitely throughout the year and for a couple of years down the road. I think that's really what we're looking at is to build a relationship and a partnership with a company that's more than just a few races. I think we've got a lot of exciting things happening, a lot of leads, and there's definitely a lot of companies looking at what Yates Racing is doing. I think we've got an attractive package to offer somebody, I feel confident that if we go out there and do a decent job -- keep our car in the top 35, perform well early in the season, we'll be able to put something together."

DO YOU FEEL THESE PRESEASON TESTS HAVE BENEFITTED YOU MORE THAN OTHER GUYS BECAUSE YOU HAD NEVER BEEN IN THE NEW CAR BEFORE? CARL EDWARDS ACTUALLY GOT IN IT DURING THE DAYTONA TEST TO GIVE YOU SOME FEEDBACK. "This is probably the most comfortable I've felt in a Cup car, for sure. We have a strong alliance with the Roush Fenway group. We basically have the same equipment and I was feeling something in my car at Daytona and wanted to put a veteran in there to see if that's what he was feeling too and we just tried to bounce ideas off each other. We did the same thing at Fontana. The 28 was struggling finding speed and the 38 was doing OK, so me and David swapped cars and did the same thing there and we drew the same conclusions afterward. I feel like having that opportunity to have David or Carl or somebody jump in my car is gonna help me out a bunch. Anytime you can test you're learning lap by lap and with what I've known for setups and stuff like that for the last couple of years is completely new with the new car, so I've really been trying to study the car hard and study the setups hard and figure that out. I feel like I've always been pretty good at what I feel in the car and I can usually tell the crew what the car needs, but I've got a lot to learn with these style of cars right now. I'm just trying to be a student of the COT and figure them out and the best time to do that is in preseason testing."

IS IT FRUSTRATING THAT YOU WON'T BE IN THE SHOOTOUT? "You always want to be out there, but I'll definitely have the radio on listening to David and the other Roush drivers that are in the event to see how their cars handle and what changes they make throughout the race, but that's definitely going to be a goal -- to make that event next year. I'm just excited that our teammate is out there and can gain some information for the 500."

-credit: ford racing

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Travis Kvapil
Teams Yates Racing