DARIAN GRUBB, CREW CHIEF ON THE No. 25 NATIONAL GUARD/GMAC MONTE CARLO SS DRIVEN BY CASEY MEARS TALKED WITH MEDIA ABOUT HIS NEW POSITION WITH THE TEAM ON TAKING POSITION AS CREW CHIEF: "There was just no way I could pass up this opportunity to...
DARIAN GRUBB, CREW CHIEF ON THE No. 25 NATIONAL GUARD/GMAC MONTE CARLO SS DRIVEN BY CASEY MEARS TALKED WITH MEDIA ABOUT HIS NEW POSITION WITH THE TEAM
ON TAKING POSITION AS CREW CHIEF: "There was just no way I could pass up this opportunity to work with Casey (Mears), this National Guard/GMAC Chevrolet team. It is just an incredible opportunity with Hendrick Motorsports."
ON KNOWLEDGE OF POSSIBLY GETTING THE OFFER: "No, I didn't see if coming but the company is always evaluating things year 'round in this sport. It was just one of those things that they decided that a change was going to be made and it with everything being new, it was the perfect timing to go ahead and do it before the season started to get the relationships built as we go along.
ON OFFERS FROM OTHER TEAMS: "There were phone calls after my working with the No. 48 team last year but it was one of those things, I didn't want to leave Hendrick Motorsports at all. I had no interest in going anywhere else just to be a crew chief. But the opportunity here with Hendrick Motorsports was definitely a great call to receive. It is something I have looked forward to for a long time. I wasn't sure I wanted to do it and I took some time to think about it from Friday to Monday to talk to my wife and family and work out all the details. It is definitely something that I would love to do.
"I was relieved last year when the stint on the No. 48 ended because I knew I was being thrown in to a four race situation. It was a short-term event. This season I got presented the opportunity with Casey Mears and the No. 25 team to come in and know it is a long-term deal. I thought about the structure and what I want to do with my life over last weekend and made the decision that this is definitely something I want to do and I am going to go forward with it. It is a great desire of mine."
ON HIS WIFE WONDERING IF HE WAS CRAZY: "The was the initial response from both of us at first. The crew chief responsibility is definitely a big change to your life style. But with this team - with Casey Mears, the National Guard, GMAC, I don't see how I could go wrong. We are just so keyed and ready to get this season started. We are just absolutely ecstatic right now."
ON WORKING WITH OTHER CREW CHIEFS AT HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS: "I will pull from everyone at Hendrick Motorsports. We have over 500 employees and every person has their own personality and they each have their own strength. I think Hendrick Motorsports Group are second to none with the resources they have. I just plan on using everybody's strengths to my advantage."
ON CASEY MEARS: 'He is a great individual, he has a lot of drive and he is coming in with the fire of wanting to perform. He is a great person individually, he is a great talent. The overall communication we have had so far has been just exceptional. I am really looking forward to working with him on the race track.
ON BEING THE DEFENDING WINNING CREW CHIEF OF THE DAYTONA 500: "The National Guard/GMAC Chevrolet definitely has a shot to be there. You know it was Casey that was there pushing Jimmie across the line last year. You know he is capable of it and that these cars are capable of it. The Hendrick Motorsports Speedway group has definitely shown their strength over the last two years. I don't see it as impossibility. I think we can be there in the hunt."
ON ANY CHANGES IN HIS LIFE SO FAR: "I am still going the hotel route and hanging out with the guys. I definitely want to get to know all my guys. I am new to the whole game with this team. So I am not making any big changes yet."
ON SITTING BESIDE CHAD KNAUS AND LEARNING CURVE: "I would definitely say so. Chad has been a big influence on the way I would call a race. We have worked together for four straight years and we definitely understood each other. We just can kind of look at each other and didn't even have to speak; we knew what each other was thinking. That is definitely something we are going to build off. One of my benefits is working with Tom Stewart and the other engineers on the other teams as the lead race engineer at Hendrick Motorsports, I have a good feel for the guys here already. I don't think we will be missing anything on this side. I am going to lean on Chad, I am going to lean on Steve (Letarte), Allen (Gustafson), Doug Duchardt, Ken Howe and all these guys help you make you make the decisions you need to make so I don't think we will be missing anything there."
ON REPLACING HIM ON NO. 48 LOWE'S CHEVROLET TEAM: "I don't really know. The only roll they really have to replace me in is on the top of the pit box on Sunday. Greg (Ives) has been there and he is an extremely strong individual. They have Brandon Evans coming in as a new engineer to assist him. I think they are going to be fine. They just have to push through it. My role as the lead engineer had kind of pulled me away from them; I was already working with all four teams. I don't think they will be lacking from any standpoint."
ON WHO WILL BE ON THE TOP OF THE BOX WITH HIM: "We have Tom Stewart and Chris Spaulding working with our engineering as well.
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