Mark Martin, No. 01 U.S. Army Impala SS met with media and talked about ongoing changes at DEI "I'm excited about where DEI is headed with the whole shop and all the things that have to do with competition. This merger has opened up opportunity...
Mark Martin, No. 01 U.S. Army Impala SS met with media and talked about ongoing changes at DEI
"I'm excited about where DEI is headed with the whole shop and all the things that have to do with competition. This merger has opened up opportunity to analyze every facet of it to see if it can be improved and that's great. It means that all the processes that were being done by Ginn Racing are up for review and all the processes at DEI are up for review. We're working to combine all of that and taking the best of all of it and putting it together. It's been an enormous about of work to get through this merger. Maybe we have 40 percent behind us, which is exciting, because we've got some of it behind us and a lot in front of us. For me, I think it's an exciting time. Some of the most difficult parts of it are behind us now and the exciting stuff, like making better race cars and making better processes are all in front of us. I'm excited about all of that.
"It's still going to be next year before we see really the product. For now, what we have to do is support Martin (Truex Jr.) and Dale Jr. and the No. 8 team with everything that we can because those two really work closely together. And to give Martin his best shot at this championship, our focus is really to help them maintain what they're doing and not change their program or process, and at the same time, work on the No. 01 and the No. 15 and start working the merger back, sort of, behind those scenes The No. 8 and the No. 1 are still over at the DEI shop and the No. 15 and the No. 01 are really in the new shop. We're already molding it all together and starting the process.
ON MAKING ALL THESE CHANGES IN THE MIDDLE OF A RACE SEASON "It's been real painful to try to do this in the middle of the race season. But to have us already started with the No. 15 and the No. 01 in the building and starting to the process and getting a lot of the difficulties behind us is probably a plus for the other two teams. And for now, we just need to leave that unhampered with so they have no disruption in their quest for a championship. At the same time, everybody is working at the new shop and we've got some of it behind us. A lot of it is still in front of us."
ARE YOU SPENDING MORE TIME AT THE SHOP NOW? "I don't go every day, but I do go to the shop regularly. But I was at the shop Tuesday and at the shop a couple of weeks ago. I'm getting up there regularly. It's been more work than anybody than anybody could every probably know for Max Siegel and John Story and for everyone involved. There has been a lot more to it than meets the eye."
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