Hermie Sadler Announces '05 Cup Sponsor
January 6, 2005
Hermie Sadler announced today that he will be sponsored by Peak Fitness during the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season. Sadler, along with veteran crew chief James Ince, unveiled the No. 66 Peak Fitness Ford Taurus at a press conference this afternoon in Matthews, NC.
HERMIE SADLER - No. 66 Peak Fitness Taurus
WHAT GIVES YOU CONFIDENCE THAT THIS IS GOING TO WORK?
"I know Jeff Stec (Peak Fitness CEO) and I know what his goals are and ambitions are. I know James Ince and I know how committed and excited he is to have the opportunity to come back into the Nextel Cup Series and have an opportunity to prove what he can do. I know the support we're gonna get from Ford and I know I'm gonna have plenty of power under the hood. Someone asked me a little while ago if I felt a lot of pressure because of the surrounding I have now as opposed to last year and the answer is no. Pressure is showing up at a race track with one car and one engine and three people and you're trying to make the race for the weekend. I look for this to be fun and I think we'll perform much better than people expect."
IT MUST HAVE BEEN HARD ON DAYS WHERE YOU WRECKED A BUSCH CAR IN PRACTICE AND HAD TO PULL OUT THE BACKUP.
"Going from day-to-day and week-to-week is difficult. You can't race like you really want to race because the car you might be racing this week is the one you have to race the next week. But Jeff Stec has done a great job of giving James everything he's asked for from a people standpoint, financially, cars, shop. He's produced everything that James said he wanted to do his job, so I'm looking forward to it."
THIS HAS BEEN A LONG, HARD ROAD TO GET HERE. HOW DOES IT FEEL?
"I look at it kind of like the lottery and finally hitting the payoff. I don't want to get too overly excited. I'm just anxious to do my job and get out there and show people that I can race at this level and these guys can race at this level. When I knew everything first came together I was excited and like, 'Yeah, I'm ready to go.' And then shortly after that it came to, 'Let's get ready to go to Daytona.' We're going to Daytona with a fresh outlook and a new team and a new attitude. The last couple of years we haven't been in the position to race very good and race very good because of a lot of different things, so we want to come back and start at Daytona and do what we know how to do. This is a great opportunity and certainly the best one I've had in the last seven or eight years - not just because it's a Nextel Cup ride - but just having new cars and the right people. We've got good shock people, good engineers and we've got people at Robert Yates Racing to lean on for engineering support, and Ford. We know that we're in a good position and now it's just a matter of us taking advantage of it."
JAMES INCE, Crew Chief - No. 66 Peak Fitness Taurus - WHERE ARE YOU AT RIGHT NOW IN TERMS OF CARS AND EQUIPMENT?
"I feel like we're in pretty good shape all things considering. For a two-and-a-half week old race team, you hear that and most people are horrified by that. But the reality of it is we went from having no race cars and no people to having 10 people working in the shop and five race cars in stages of being completed. We're definitely growing. We're moving into a new 35,000-square foot facility this week at Travis Carter Enterprises and that was a great hurdle that we had to jump. All of these things, coupled with the Roush/Yates engine package and the things Ford Motor Company is providing us, we're able to skip over a lot of hurdles that would have taken me at least six months to go out and gather up. All of the parts and pieces are laying there. Some of it isn't necessarily a perfect world, but, at the same time, it's a whole lot more than I had a week ago. That gets me going. My focus is to assemble the people and worry about race cars right now. I'm sure there are a whole lot of things that we're missing. I'm not gonna worry if I've got exactly the right shirt on when I get to Daytona and a lot of the other things, but our focus is on the team and on the cars and being as good as we can be right off the get-go. Jeff Stec and Hermie have provided me with every resource at this point to make that happen."
WHAT MAKES YOU THINK THIS CAN BE A SUCCESS?
"Hermie Sadler's desire means a whole lot to me. This is definitely and opportunity for Hermie to be able to excel. The involvement from Ford Motor Company, the involvement from Roush/Yates on the engine program and the involvement if got from Yates right now, helping us in a lot of areas. The other reality is that this is time four for me. I've pulled it off three other times and made it work on things that everybody thought would go away and where nobody paid attention to us. Before we were done, they were top-10 race teams, so I am putting a lot of faith and merit in Hermie and I'm putting a lot of faith and merit in my experience. At 34 years old, I'm the youngest veteran in that garage area. I've been around a lap a time or two. I know what the deal is. I know how to make it work, so it's the same thing. We're able to cut a lot of corners and expedite a lot of things just leaning on my experience right now. The biggest thing for me personally is that you won't meet a man in this country whose desire is larger than mine is right now. I'm on a mission. I've got a point to prove and I want to prove that point. Jeff Stec and Hermie Sadler have provided the opportunity for me to go do that. I'm hard-headed enough to believe I can make this work."