TRAVIS CARTER, Car Owner --26-- Big Kmart Taurus WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY GOING TO BE WITH THIS DRIVER SEARCH? "The situation we're in, Kmart is committed through the year 2002 and obviously we need to renegotiate to re-sign with them or search...
Car Owner --26-- Big Kmart Taurus
WHAT IS YOUR PHILOSOPHY GOING TO BE WITH THIS DRIVER SEARCH? "The situation we're in, Kmart is committed through the year 2002 and obviously we need to renegotiate to re-sign with them or search for different sponsors, whichever the case may be. I think our desire is to find a driver that we can certainly get the most out of in a short time and that, to me, is experience, rather than starting with somebody totally new. That's a crapshoot a lot of times because you never know. There are situations where a guy that is relatively new can step right in and do well, but that's very rare. We certainly don't have our eye or hands on someone like that, but what we really want to do is get a driver that can continue the momentum that the 26 team has had this year. They've got a pretty good team and a lot of good cars and they've had a lot of good performances as a result of that. We need to be able to continue that pace and that level of competition."
YOU'VE NEVER BEEN BIG ON CHANGING THINGS, SO HOW DO YOU HANDLE THIS? "Sometimes change is inevitable and sometimes it's for the best. Jimmy has made his decision and I don't question it. I'm the kind of a guy that believes sometimes circumstances do work out for the better and, hopefully, this is going to be one of those."
IT SEEMED THE LAST TWO OR THREE YEARS THERE WAS ALWAYS THE QUESTION OF WHETHER JIMMY WOULD COME BACK THE FOLLOWING YEAR. "Yeah, we've been through that on several occasions, but I counted it up and I believe this is the seventh season he's been with us and we haven't won a race with him. I don't know if that factored into his decision or not, but, obviously, a lot of things did and I'm sure he just thought his future could be better with somebody else or more secure with somebody else. That's probably what he was looking at."
AS A CAR OWNER, THIS IS PART OF THE BUSINESS ISN'T IT? "The thing I've always tried to do and it doesn't always work this way, but when you lose key people you have to say to yourself, 'Okay, I can't change what's happening, so I need to use this as an opportunity to improve.' And that's the way I'm realistically trying to look at this situation. This is an opportunity rather than a disappointment."