ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Stanley Tools Dodge Charger) WHAT ARE YOUR EXPECTIATIONS OF INDY AND THE COT? "That's a hard question to answer. We definitely know that it's going to be hard to pass. It's a very flat track and track position is going...
ELLIOTT SADLER (No. 19 Stanley Tools Dodge Charger)
WHAT ARE YOUR EXPECTIATIONS OF INDY AND THE COT? "That's a hard question to answer. We definitely know that it's going to be hard to pass. It's a very flat track and track position is going be important. We're going to have some aero push with these cars. We don't know until we get on the race track. I bet you this will be the most important race for track position because it's so flat. It used to be hard to pass here anyway in the old car, so I'm sure these new ones will be pretty tough."
WHAT WAS IT LIKE THE FIRST TIME YOU WALKED ON THE TRACK HERE AT INDIANAPOLIS? "It's breathtaking how big this place is. Television doesn't give (Indy) any justice on how big it is and how many fans come here. It's just so big. It's like a little city inside the race track. It's a cool place. I have to say that one my favorite moments was leading the race here at The Brickyard. We sat on the pole and led a bunch of laps that day and just couldn't believe that we were leading at Indy. It was just a cool feeling. It's like a Daytona 500 to me. You get a lot of nerves up for this race. I didn't get much sleep last night because I wanted to get up here and test well and practice good today. It's just a cool place to race. Tony George and his guys do a great job. You have to thank the fans of Indiana who always come and support NASCAR racing at this place."
WHERE DOES THIS PLACE RANK ON THE NASCAR SCHEDULE? "I think it's second behind the Daytona 500 just because we have two months to prepare for Daytona. There is just so much history at this track and so many race fans. I'll bet you that every team here brought their best racecar with their best motor in it. They're not saving anything for this race. There is a lot of value put on this race from the drivers and the sponsors."
HOW FAR HAS YOUR TEAM/CAR COME IN A YEAR? "Our team has come along ways in a year. The last six months, I'd say our team has been better then anybody in terms of improvement. From Atlanta and Texas where we just struggled and had no idea what we were doing to now, when we go on the race track today, I know that we're going to be very fast. We're going to be one of the top-10 guys in terms of speed and qualifying and race good. We've come a long way and just need a little luck on the 19 team. We've run good -- especially the last two months -- we've been very competitive, we just need to catch some breaks."
HOW IS YOUR CONFIDENCE RIGHT NOW? "My confidence is definitely getting better. I'm not going to point fingers at anybody. The buck stops with me. If we're not running good, I need to make sure that I'm doing a good job and doing everything the correct way. Am I giving my guys the correct information? Am I running the right line? Am I driving this new car like it needs to be driven to be fast and successful? You start questioning a lot of things about yourself and your ability. When you do make strides and do run competitively, you make good decisions and your car gets better as the race goes on, it definitely helps you sleep at night and gives you confidence for the next week."
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS OF TERRY LABONTE BEING YOUR TEAMMATE NEXT WEEKEND? "That's awesome. That's cool. I remember Texas Terry Labonte when I was a fan in 1984 when he drove the Piedmont car and won the (NASCAR) championship. And I have to say this, because the car was Carolina blue, I liked it at first, but then I thought Terry Labonte was cool too."
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