Dodge This - Jimmy Elledge press conference

Dodge This! Media Teleconference Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2003 Jimmy Elledge (crew chief, No. 41 Target Dodge Intrepid) - On Rockingham... "I don't think the weather is going to affect it much because you have basically winter time when you got...

Dodge This! Media Teleconference
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2003

Jimmy Elledge (crew chief, No. 41 Target Dodge Intrepid) -

On Rockingham...

"I don't think the weather is going to affect it much because you have basically winter time when you got there and now fall when you come back. So, I think weather-wise it's going to be real consistent. It's just a very abrasive racing surface. You've got to get a good balance on your car because you don't want to be too tight to run the front tires off of it, and you don't want to be too loose to burn the rears off of it. So, you've got to be fairly neutral, and have a good balance where the thing just wears all four tires as evenly as possible."

On Ganassi...

"It's incredible the depth that we have to draw from. Depth is something that's really nice to have. But on the other hand on some of the multi-car teams that I've been on, the cars are so different that really the information wasn't very useful. You had different bodies and different chassis configurations and stuff. These cars here are all the same. In fact, until we put a seat in them they can belong to any one of the teams. In fact, right now they're working on a new thing for next year where we can actually change the seats in the cars from one to the other. It's a very minor deal. It's pretty neat. Donnie, Lee and I really get along well. We all share an office. It's nice to have the depth from the other two guys to draw from, that's for sure."

"Casey's been very good. He's been really receptive to listen to what we have to say to him. I'm not that experienced, so I try to use Tony Glover (Ganassi team manager) a lot to do some of the explaining to Casey. I think wrong information is worse than no information. Every time I try to give him information, I try to give him the right information. That's where I try to use Tony, because he's so experienced in this stuff, to really help out with it. But, Casey's really receptive to everything that we talk about and do.

On running similar cars...

"I think that's where you fine-tune your setup to your driver. But, as far as the car goes, we have one chassis that we use. We don't have a bunch of different sets of points or things like that. You're always trying to get as much downforce as you can. Maybe each driver has a little bit of preference balance-wise. But, we have some adjustments available to us to shift the balances one way or the other. For the most part, though, I think if you have a car that has a lot of downforce in it and a really consistent chassis that it's going to be better over the long run."

If he could give Casey one assignment to get ready for next year...

"I'd tell him to relax, take it all in and be ready for January."

"The way this place is structured it enables you to have a little bit of time off. I'll probably get a week or two over the course of the off-season to mess around and do some things. I think we'll go duck hunting here after Homestead for three or four days and then probably do nothing for about a week and get ready to start doing some more testing."

"When I say this it's kind of sad, but you only get out of it what you put in it. I say that in one aspect, but in the other aspect I know that Casey and myself and the whole No. 41 team has put a lot into this year. I know we haven't had a lot to show for it, but we know there's a lot of potential there. We're going to try and stay focused and determined to keep putting in 110% every week to try to have the best cars and continue to be better. We know when we get all of our ducks in a row and get everything right, that we'll be a force to be reckoned with."

-dodge motorsports-

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