WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS REGARDING THE NEW PROGRESSIVE BANKING AT HOMESTEAD? "I'm really excited to get down there and see for myself the results of the reconfiguration. I have always been in favor of progressive banking. As a matter of fact, I...
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS REGARDING THE NEW PROGRESSIVE BANKING AT HOMESTEAD?
"I'm really excited to get down there and see for myself the results of the reconfiguration. I have always been in favor of progressive banking. As a matter of fact, I have always thought it was the way to go when fixing the Homestead-Miami track. I am going down early to watch the Busch Series test to see if I can get any additional ideas for our Winston Cup test scheduled for Wednesday. I am also happy to see they put up SAFER barriers.
"I think some of the Cup drivers who have decided to enter the Ford 200 event are doing so for the additional track time. It can only help. I wish we could have done the same of thing."
WHAT PLANS DO YOU HAVE ONCE YOU GET ON THE TRACK TO TEST?
"We are going to work on our race set up. We really aren't going to spend much time, if any, on qualifying trim. We are bringing chassis No. 29. It's been a really good car for us. It has qualified well but most important, it has raced very well. I am really hoping we can close out our season with a top-five finish.
"From what I understand from the engineering model, the outside groove is the quickest. I won't know for sure until I get there and actually see for myself. From what I have heard from drivers who have visited the facility, it's awesome. Fans could realistically see three grooves of racing. If that indeed is the case, it's not only going to be fun to watch, it's going to be fun to drive."
DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR PLANS ARE FOR 2004?
"I am hoping to know in the next few weeks. We are still waiting from word from the National Guard. I've also got several other irons in the fire so I am just waiting to see how things shake out. Regardless, I am very optimistic about my plans for next year. When I know, an announcement will be made."
Car: No. 29 (Raced at Kansas and Phoenix)
Wind Tunnel: Yes
Tested At Homestead-Miami: Yes, November 12, 2003