MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 30, 2005) - As the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series heads west one more time this season, Travis Kvapil and his Kodak Racing team hope to find gold in the San Bernardino foothills. Kvapil, driver of the No. 77 Kodak Dodge...
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 30, 2005) - As the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series heads west one more time this season, Travis Kvapil and his Kodak Racing team hope to find gold in the San Bernardino foothills.
Kvapil, driver of the No. 77 Kodak Dodge Charger, hopes to build some momentum as the season quickly comes to a fold. With one top 10 this season, the Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year contender, along with his crew chief, Shane Wilson, has revised his goals for the remainder of the year.
"Shane and I sat down a couple of weeks ago and really took a look at where we are in comparison to where we thought we would be," Kvapil said. "We knew going into the meeting that we were way off but we chose not focus on that. We established new goals and we are looking ahead."
The Kodak Racing team has struggled to find a balance and while only 12 races remain in the season, Kvapil says they have what they need to succeed and momentum will carry them a long way.
"At this point in the season, we have to look forward," Kvapil said. "What has happened is done. We have a long way to go and we need to build on something to promote a healthy start for the '06 season."
Heading into the '05 season, Wilson was faced with another rookie driver as well as rule changes from NASCAR. With all the technology available to the South Royalton, Vt., native, he has struggled through the year but feels he and his rookie driver have put the worst behind them and are ready to move on.
"It took Travis a while to warm up to driving the car just like it took me a while to warm up to making the adjustments on the car," said the former NASCR Truck Series crew chief. "Travis has made every effort to learn the car and to really feel the changes. He is learning more every day and I am learning with him. We are communicating better now than ever."
While the rookie has been frustrated thus far with his season, he realizes he is not alone. His Kodak Racing team is frustrated as well but they are all supportive of one another.
Success will not come over night, but the Kodak Racing team has laid the foundation and it is ready to move on to the building blocks.
The Kodak Racing team is taking PRS-093 to California Speedway. PRS-093 is a new car.